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Review: Scribd update and audiobooks
November 17, 2014 | 2:30 pm

scribd book discoveryRecently, we announced that Scribd had added audiobooks to their subscription service. They also implemented some tweaks to their mobile apps. While I still love the service, I'm not wildly enthusiastic about the changes or the audiobook implementation. Let's start with finding an audiobook. While I have never had a problem finding an eBook I wanted to read in Scribd, I feel like I struggle when looking for audiobooks. The site uses the same discovery system as with eBooks, and with over 30K audiobooks available, you'd think I'd be able to find something with ease. Not so much. Let me point...

Scribd adds audiobooks. Might be enough for me to cancel Audible
November 6, 2014 | 9:30 am

scribdScribd just added something huge. Subscription audiobooks. Remember how I said in my two months with Kindle Unlimited post that the availability of audiobooks was a huge differentiator? Scribd just closed that gap with today's announcement. Scribd, the leading subscription book service, today announced that it is broadening its offering to give subscribers access to more than 30,000 audiobooks. Titles will include new releases, as well as smash hits and award winners like The Hunger Games trilogy, The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño, and Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, all for Scribd’s current price of $8.99 per month. The addition of...

Scribd announces one-year exclusive deal with Harlequin
October 2, 2014 | 9:05 am

scribd and harlequinRomance readers take note. Harlequin just signed a one-year exclusive subscription deal with Scribd. From the release: Scribd will be the exclusive subscription partner for 15,000 titles from Harlequin’s extensive backlist. Titles from a variety of Harlequin imprints, including Harlequin Series Romance, HQN Books, MIRA Books and Carina Press, will be available through Scribd’s US $8.99 monthly subscription service and accessible on iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Kindle Fire, NOOK Tablet and web browsers. This is a great deal for romance readers, some of whom read multiple books in a day. But is it good for Scribd? First let's talk about that exclusivity deal....

Are there lessons from Spotify on eBook subscription services?
September 30, 2014 | 3:25 pm

spotifyFor years people have been telling the publishing industry to look at the music industry for lessons learned on piracy, DRM and other issues. eBook subscription services have obviously been one area in which publishing has paid attention, with services like Scribd, Oyster, Kindle Unlimited and others, like the new Readfy service in Germany popping up and expanding their offerings. I've been following the growth of reading subscription services, and I do wonder about their long-term money making prospects, which is why I was interested to see two stories cross my Twitter stream this morning. The first was the announcement that Spotify...

Want to try Scribd free for 3 months?
September 22, 2014 | 4:25 pm

scribd logoI've been a fan of Scribd since they started with ebook subscriptions last year. Even though I've also been impressed with Kindle Unlimited, Scribd remains my subscription service of choice for now. They recently updated both their Android and iOS apps with two-columns in landscape (long overdue!), and the apps now mimic the website redesign with new discoverability options. (And my library continues to grow--like I needed to discover more books!) While Scribd is not the best option if you like to read on an eInk device, it's pretty darned good if you don't mind reading on a phone or tablet. I've...

Two month with Kindle Unlimited. It rocks for readers
September 16, 2014 | 2:25 pm

kindle unlimitedMy Kindle Unlimited subscription expires tomorrow, and I'm going to let it lapse, for now. I'm not letting it lapse because I don't like it or don't think it's a great value. I'm letting it lapse because I still have eight months on my free-for-being-a-Smashwords-author Scribd subscription. Right now it doesn't make sense to pay twice for comparable services. However, if you know how much I love Scribd, you'll understand that I don't say it lightly when I note that come May of next year, however, I'll be revisiting which service I'm using. If you don't have the advantage of a...

Scribd rings in one-year anniversary with a bang!
September 2, 2014 | 12:01 pm

scribdThe folks at Scribd sent us this fine-looking infographic, in honour of their one-year anniversary. I am not a subscriber to their service myself, but I have to admit, I find their numbers impressive and interesting. One billion pages read in a year? Readers open lots of business books but only finish fiction? That says something about how we read. And we definitely need more information about that fastest go-kart lap! Clearly there is a demand for eBook subscription services, and I am pleased to see that several competitors have now entered the marketplace. I think this is, for better or...

Almost a year with Scribd. Has anything changed with my reading?
August 18, 2014 | 4:47 pm

scribd logoI will have been a Scribd subscriber for a year in October, and I've noticed some interesting changes in my reading habits. If you're interested in how a subscription service affects book buying and reading, follow along. According to my Goodreads account, here's the important data: Since January 2014 Books read: 134 Books read through Scribd: 40 Purchased books read: 40 Library books read: 31 The remainder are a mix of review copies, Kindle Unlimited and free books. How is that different from previous years? Going back through my Amazon and B&N purchases from 2013, I'm buying more books books than last year. My library use fluctuates wildly...

Scribd adds new browsing and books discovery options
August 7, 2014 | 10:15 am

scribd logoScribd made some significant changes to their web interface today, opening up new browsing and book discovery options. While I like the concept overall, as an author with books listed in Scribd, I noticed something which bothered me. Let's start with the concept. Scribd’s new browse experience brings the familiar elements of browsing a neighborhood bookstore into the digital realm, from personalized staff picks, to shelves for every category and special interest niche imaginable. I have to say they completely nailed this. The shelves are easy to browse, and the special niches were interesting. Mind you, not that finding more books to read...

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...