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Lonely Planet e-book travel guides now on Scribd
April 17, 2014 | 10:25 am

lonely planetThe popular Lonely Planet travel guide e-books have headed to Scribd. The e-book subscription service let customers know about the newest addition through email. When I think of e-book subscriptions, I tend to imagine a digital library with thousands of titles ready for me to read. I think more along the lines of fiction titles and perhaps memoirs and biographies. But the addition of a Lonely Planet makes it seem as though e-book subscriptions can also be used as a reference tool for the price of $8.99 a month. Having guides such as Lonely Planet at your fingertips seems useful especially for travelers. Scribd...

How misinformation harms authors (or writers or whatever we’re calling ourselves these days)
March 10, 2014 | 2:25 pm

how misinformation harms authorsNate at Digital Reader featured an article in his Morning Coffee about opting out of Scribd if you're a Smashwords author. I was curious as to the reasons the blogger thought I might want to do this, and I read the article. Which I discovered was some serious misinformation. Not surprisingly, the blogger raised the piracy issue, but not the issue I thought he'd raise. I thought he'd talk about how the digital fingerprinting from Scribd was less than perfect and use that as a reason. Nope, he went in a whole 'nother direction. The problem with Scribd’s view on piracy is...

Smashwords books in Scribd: All available later this week
March 3, 2014 | 12:55 pm

smashwords books in scribdI received an email from Smashwords over the weekend informing me that books are being uploaded into Scribd. They all should be available by mid-week. Sadly, mine aren't available yet, but the placeholder is there, so I'm sure they will be there soon. There's a direct link to Smashwords books if you want to take a look at the selection. If you are an indie author and are concerned about piracy on Scribd, I'd strongly suggest you start distributing your books to Scribd using Smashwords. Here's why (from the email): One of the advantages of distributing through Smashwords to Scribd is that you'll be...

Morning Roundup: Combining Pocket and Evernote, What’s really wrong with US education?
January 30, 2014 | 9:00 am

Pocket and EvernoteScribd Launches Kindle Fire Reading App (Digital Book World) Demand for a Kindle app has been resounding: more than 100,000 users have come to Scribd since October 1, 2013 seeking an app compatible with their Kindle Fire device. *** Book Publishing May Not Remain a Standalone Industry and Book Retailing Will Demonstrate That First (Mike Shatzkin) You are missing some good fun if you don’t know those AT&T commercials where the grown-up sits around a table with a bunch of really little kids and asks them questions like “what’s better: faster or slower?” *** What's Really Wrong with Education in the US? (Teachers With Apps) The question,...

Scribd for Kindle Fire released today
January 29, 2014 | 8:32 am

scribd for kindle fireGood news today for Kindle Fire users who are interested in an ebook subscription service. The company is celebrating 3 million downloads of its Android and iOS apps by releasing Scribd for Kindle Fire. However, the app is not available in the Amazon App Store. You'll need to use this link to download it. If you're not familiar with side loading apps onto a Kindle Fire, they've included instructions. I reached out to Scribd with some questions, and Jared Friedman answered them. TeleRead: I see the new app is not available from the Amazon App store. Were they reluctant to have a rival...

Subscription eBook services and publishers. Why don’t they get along?
January 18, 2014 | 11:14 am

Subscription eBook services and publishersI'm obviously missing something about subscription eBook services and publishers. To me, it seems like they are a natural. Readers can try a book without worrying about the cost, probably leading them to try something they wouldn't otherwise read. That's great for book discovery, which is currently a big concern in the industry. When readers try a book, the publisher gets paid. Seems like a good match to me. However, clearly I'm not seeing something. I read an article yesterday from Businessweek, where they were talking about the Digital Book World conference, and there was this quote: Carolyn Reidy, the chief executive...

Five rather odd trends in self-publishing for 2014
January 8, 2014 | 4:23 pm

self-publishingI just came across a rather curious article on MediaShift, which "explains how traditional media such as newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, music and movies are changing with digital disruption." And this post, once again, made its way right to the top position of Publishing Talk Daily, courtesy of Publishers Weekly. Under the headline "5 Key Trends in Self-Publishing for 2014," the article, by Carla King, "author, a publishing consultant, and founder of the Self-Publishing Boot Camp program," purports to pinpoint "the news that I think mattered most to self-publishers in 2013 and will continue to shape the industry this year." Only,...

Scribd and Smashwords Author Compensation: Why It’s Confusing
December 27, 2013 | 10:47 am

scribd and smashwords author compensationTwo weeks ago, we covered the new Scribd/Smashwords partnership, and one of the things I noticed when I read the announcement was how complicated were the Scribd and Smashwords author compensation terms. I've already covered the first part of my interview with Andrew Weinstein, VP of Content Strategy at Scribd where he discussed piracy. When we finished that subject, I asked him about the compensation terms. You may remember that while Smashwords authors receive payment from Oyster when a reader completes 10% of the book, it's different for Scribd. The short version is that authors are paid in full when a reader completes...

Scribd and Piracy: What Are They Doing To Stop It?
December 23, 2013 | 4:50 pm

scribd and piracyWhen Scribd announced their partnership with Smashwords last week, I did some poking around various boards to check the reaction. What I discovered was that Scribd and piracy were linked together in the minds of many people. On Friday, I had a chance to talk with Andrew Weinstein, VP of Content Strategy at Scribd to ask him what they were doing to change that impression. He was candid, and some of his answers surprised me (in a good way). One of the complaints I had read was from a reader who refused to subscribe to the service because of what she...

Almost a Month In, How is Scribd Holding Up?
October 29, 2013 | 6:30 pm

scribdWhen I hinted at a Scribd update post a couple of weeks ago, this wasn't the one I was planning on writing. I'd been thinking something along the lines of "Loving the service but can't warm up to the app." Then the folks from Scribd reached out to me, and I had a fantastic chat with Jared Friedman, CTO of Scribd. He listened to my gripe about the app and said things would be fixed. (And, although he probably didn't realize it, corrected my pronunciation of the company. I'd thought it was a long "i." It's actually short.) Both the iOS...

First Impressions of new Scribd Service
October 2, 2013 | 3:32 pm

It was ironic that a reminder popped up for me yesterday to cancel Oyster. Cancel one service and sign up for another. Susan has covered the essentials well in her article. What I wanted to write about was my impression as a user. So far, I like it. The selection is similar to Oyster, and I found plenty to read in a quick perusal. Nate over at Digital Reader noticed that some of the books showing in searches are marked as Unavailable, and when I dug a bit further, I found that to be true. That's definitely a disappointment. One of the...

Scribd offers e-book subscription service
October 1, 2013 | 2:22 pm

The competition for e-book subscription-based services is getting tougher. Scribd announced it is offering its own service for e-books on Tuesday. The service will cost $8.99 a month for an unlimited amount of books and will have many HarperCollins among its publishers its library. Scribd is a six-year-old company that provided a place where can share documents. It already had the technology for use of e-books, and now it took it one step further. “We want to be one of the most publisher-friendly companies out there,” Scribd cofounder and CEO Trip Adler told GigaOM. “It’s core to our strategy to build this for...