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Scribd gives new look to apps, adds new platform
July 15, 2014 | 12:00 pm

Scribd on various phonesRemember my article last month on the Oyster Android app and how I said Oyster was pretty and Scribd was functional? It's like the folks at Scribd were paying attention or something. Yesterday I noticed there was an update for the Android version of Scribd, and the changelog mentioned a brand new color palatte and all-new fonts throughout the app. Later in the day, I received an embargoed press release discussing the new look and mentioning one more interesting tidbit which I'll cover in a minute. According to the release, the iOS app will be available in a day or two, which...

Morning Roundup: Scribd adds exlusive content from Connu. Wattpad to stay free forever and more
June 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

scribd logoScribd Adds Exclusive Short Story Content From Start-up Connu (Digital Book World) We have confirmed through a Scribd spokesperson that part of the deal prevents Connu content from appearing on other ebook subscription services like rival Oyster. *** How Magazines Use Analytics to Refine Digital Initiatives (Media Shift) Magazines have made major strides in integrating multimedia production into their existing production processes. *** Wattpad Plans to Stay Free Forever, Will Make Money From Native Ads (The Digital Reader) When it comes to funding a website with a lot of users, there are a number of tried and true business models, including selling ads, selling user data,...

Simon & Schuster to distribute books to Scribd and Oyster
May 21, 2014 | 10:25 am

simon & schusterOne of the biggest complaints of subscription eBooks services is the lack of content. For many that means lack of content from the big publishers. Both Scribd and Oyster have done a good job of pulling in indie published books with their partnerships with Smashwords and others, but until now Harper Collins was the only big publisher to sign on. That just changed. Simon & Schuster will now be distributing backlist titles to both Scribd and Oyster. It's only "more than 10,000 titles" so far, which is only a small percentage of the 400,000 or 500,000 titles the services claim, but...

Roundup and impressions of newest Scribd app features
May 19, 2014 | 2:27 pm

scribd app featuresScribd has been updating both its Android and iOS apps fairly regularly over the last few months, and some of the added features are quite nice. They've added highlighting, bookmarking and the ability to make notes in a book. I rarely make notes in a book, so I haven't used that feature beyond testing that it works as expected. If however, you are a heavy notes user and like to read on multiple devices, you'll be thrilled to learn that notes and highlighting sync across devices. Now that Scribd has added the "For Dummies" series to their service, I expect to be...

Morning Roundup: Hachette playing dirty tricks in Amazon dispute? History of book vending machines
May 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

hachetteIs Hachette Playing Dirty Tricks in Their Contract Dispute With Amazon? (The Passive Voice) PG says if Hachette wanted to take advantage of Amazon Derangement Syndrome to score PR points in a pricing dispute with Amazon, it could hardly find a more credulous audience for a phony story than The New York Times, where all this began. *** A Brief History of Book Vending Machines (Huffington Post) There are lots of reasons why a white elephant technology doesn't catch on. Sometimes the technology is ahead of its time. In other cases, no amount of time can make a misguided technology useful or attractive. Then there's vending machines...

Scribd adds publisher Wiley and the “For Dummies” books to the service
April 30, 2014 | 12:23 pm

scribd adds publisher wileyScribd has just announced a partnership with Wiley to bring reference works, including the popular "For Dummies" series to the subscription service. According to the release, this adds 1,000 of Wiley's books to the service. I think this adds quite a bit of value to Scribd and their readership. I'm a big fan of the "For Dummies" books and recommend them frequently when clients ask "how can I do ???" especially in technical areas. I created my first website many years ago with the help of a "For Dummies" book, learned the basics of Excel and bought one of the reference works...

Scribd reveals data on reading habits by country
April 26, 2014 | 3:59 pm

data on reading habitsThe advantage of having a lot of data is that you can produce cool infographics. Like this one from the Scribd blog with data on reading habits by country..   So Germans read the fastest. Canadians are most likely to finish a book (Joanna, feel free to weigh in on this. :) ) And they love romance in Uruguay. Hardly world-shattering data, but fun to ponder on a weekend. Enjoy!...

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...