Scribd is the world's largest digital library, where readers can discover books and written works of all kinds on the Web or any mobile device and publishers and authors can find a voracious audience for their work. Launched in March of 2007 and based in San Francisco California, more than 40 million books and documents have been contributed to Scribd by the community. Scribd content reaches and audience of 80 million people around the world every month.
Scribd alternatives are: Oyster, Entitle, Issuu
03.01.17 Scribd removes digital comics
Scribd is no longer offering digital comics on their platform and has removed over one thousand single issues and graphic novels. The company found it economically unfeasible to pay the large royalties for each comic read and decided to just suspend the service, rather than trying to make it work. Scribd is facing a number of hardships over the past few years, despite most of their competition exiting the field. They first culled over 225,000 romance and self-published e-books from their platform and then announced that they made cuts to their audiobook system because they are losing money. They ditched their unlimited audiobook package and subscribers can only listen to a single title per month. In 2016 they changed their business model from an unlimited service to a credit based one.
2016 Scribd is limiting the number of e-books you can read
Starting this March Scribd subscribers will be issued Monthly Read credits that will enable them to read three e-books and one audiobook every month from the full Scribd library, while still being able to read an unlimited number of books from Scribd Selects, a rotating selection of titles. The company says that 97% of its customers read less than three books per month, and will likely not be negatively affected by the change. The unlimited e-book subscription model is not a viable business model and many of the companies that participated in this space have all closed down. Entitle and Oyster raised a hundred million dollars over the years and still weren’t able to make the concept work.
2015 Scribd acquired social reading app Librify
Ebook subscription startup Scribd has acquired Librify, a social reading app, the companies announced today. In a sparse press release, Scribd argues Librify’s “focus on the social reading experience” made the deal worthwhile. The news arrives at a heated time for the publishing industry, as Amazon, Oyster, and others all fight to be the definitive Netflix for books — all while hawking remarkably similar products. Scribd plans to use the start-up’s social features in order to develop a more robust social e-reading experience within its own platform. “We value Librify’s focus on the social reading experience and the great work they’ve already done within reading communities,” Scribd co-founder and CEO Trip Adler said in a statement today. “This move is a natural extension of the existing Scribd product and something we, and our readers, have wanted to explore more deeply.”
2015 Scribd adds 10,000 comic books for unlimited subscription
In case getting unlimited access to an enormous library of e-books and audiobooks for $8.99 a month wasn’t enough for you, Scribd is announcing today that it’s expanding into comic books. The service is adding more than 10,000 comics and graphic novels from publishers including Marvel, Archie, Boom! Studios, Dynamite, IDW/Top Shelf, and Valiant. The subscription service, available across iOS, Android and the web, will give readers the option to search for comic books and graphic novels by category, publisher and even key characters. Scribd also has about a dozen people on its marketing and editorial team who curate collections on the service.
2014 Scribd adds 30K audiobooks to its $8.99/month ebook subscription
As of today, Scribd subscribers will have access to 30,000 audiobooks. The company has created a new audiobook section on its website and mobile apps. When it has the rights to both the text and audio versions of a book, you’ll have the option to jump back-and-forth between the two. For example, you could start reading a book at home, then if you need to drive somewhere, you can continue listening to the story in your car, via audiobook. Scribd is adding audiobooks without raising its $8.99 monthly subscription fee. Scribd says its e-book service now has more than 500,000 titles. Subscriber numbers have grown an average of 52 percent each month since January 2013 (when the company quietly launched the subscription service).
2014 Scribd builds new discovery experience
Subscription ebook service Scribd is launching a new book discovery engine. The new technology is a mix of editor tagging and curation, a new book categorization system that eschews the widely accepted BISAC book classification scheme, and algorithms that help put it all together to surface new and better book recommendations to users. More than half of Scribd titles are discovered serendipitously now, and the company believes that the key to retaining more subscribers is to grow that proportion further. Recommendation engines are more important for subscription services than for other kinds of retail operations because retention is all about keeping customers engaged.
2014 Scribd launches Windows Phone app, updates Android, iOS apps
Popular ebook subscription service Scribd announced key updates to its existing iOS and Android apps and the formal launch of its all new app for Windows phones and tablets. Current iOS and Android readers will find a fresh new browse and book page experience as well as new fonts and color palettes. Windows phone and tablet readers will now have access to unlimited reading anytime, anywhere with all the features that mobile web users enjoy. With the launch of the Windows app, paired with existing apps for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire and Nook tablets, Scribd has been downloaded more than 6 million times — placing it on more devices in more countries than any other subscription book service. This latest endeavor is part of the companies overarching global commitment to getting people to read more.
See also: How to read Google Books on Windows Phone?
2014 Scribd adds notes and highlights to its reading app
Ebook subscription leader Scribd just made reading experience better. It updated its iOS and Android mobile reader apps with some exciting new features. First is highlighting - you can mark your favorite passages, paragraphs, and quotes – plus share them with your friends. You can also add notes, annotations and ideas as you read. The third new feature is Image Zoom. It allows to zoom in maps and other illustrations for a closer look. Your notes, highlights, and bookmarks automatically sync across all of your mobile devices, and you can view all of them on a per book basis.
2014 Scribd takes on Amazon - launches app for Kindle Fire
E-book subscription service Scribd launched a new app for Kindle Fire tablets. And it will provide an alternative to Amazon's own Kindle e-book store. Scribd is already available on iOS and Android devices as well as on the web, but its Kindle Fire app is the first push into e-readers specialized for books. “Since launching our subscription book service, our readers around the world have been asking for an app that worked with Kindle Fire," said Trip Adler, CEO and cofounder of Scribd. "It’s one of the most popular reading devices available today and we want to enable our readers to enjoy Scribd across any of their devices."
2013 Scribd and Oyster sing more book publishers
Competing ebook subscription services Oyster and Scribd signed deals with new publisher to bring more titles to their platforms. Oyster partnered with Perseus. Oyster would not say how many titles Perseus will be distributing through the subscription provider, but highlights include Friday Night Lights, Masters of Sex, and Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage that will be available to its subscribers for $9.95 a month. And Scribd has signed a deal with self-published ebook distributor Smashwords to more than triple Scribd’s current catalog. Smashwords titles will bring the number of ebooks available through an $8.99 monthly subscription to over 325,000. Smashwords titles will also be available for individual sale on the wider Scribd site. Note, that Oyster also has a deal with Smashwords. For now Oyster and Scribd seem to have a very similar if not completely overlapping catalog.
See also: Oyster vs Scribd
2013 Scribd wants to be the Netflix for e-books
Scribd, the popular document publishing and sharing service (that was previously known as Youtube for documents) now want to become Netflix for e-books. It's launching the ebook subscription service that lets users pay $8.99 per month for unlimited access to e-books and other written works.. The price point is less than the newly launched mobile ebook platform Oyster ($9.99 a month) and eReatah, which operates more like a book club with plans starting at $16.99 a month. The catalog of book titles is similar, too, with Scribd leaning on the same publishers Oyster is for content, led by HarperCollins, Kensington, Red Wheel/Weiser, Rosetta Books, Sourcebooks, and Workman. But unlike Oyster, which seems to be the closest competition to this new play, Scribd is available on the iPhone, iPad, Android platform or in browsers.