• Publisher Macmillan Signs On With E-Book Subscription Services Oyster And Scribd

    Publisher Macmillan Signs On With E-Book Subscription Services Oyster And Scribd

    Macmillan, one of the “Big Five” book publishers in the United States, is making its titles available on subscription e-book services Oyster and Scribd, starting today. The news isn’t exactly a surprise, since Macmillan CEO John Sargent wrote in December that the publisher would be experimenting with the subscription business model. He didn’t name any partners or… Read More

  • Scribd Raises $22M For Its Subscription E-Book Service

    Scribd Raises $22M For Its Subscription E-Book Service

    Scribd, a startup offering unlimited access to half a million e-books for $8.99 a month, is announcing that it has Raised $22 million in additional funding. The round was led by Khosla Ventures, with Khosla partner Keith Rabois (previously an executive at PayPal, LinkedIn, Slide, and Square) joining the company’s board as an observer. In an email, Rabois compared Scribd’s… Read More

  • Scribd Expands Its Subscription E-Book Service With 30K Audiobooks

    Scribd Expands Its Subscription E-Book Service With 30K Audiobooks

    It was just over a year ago that Scribd officially unveiled a Netflix-style subscription e-book service. As of today, subscribers will have access to 30,000 audiobooks, too. Co-founder and CEO Trip Adler said that this isn’t just about attracting audiobook fans to Scribd, but also introducing readers who aren’t audiobook fans to the format. After all, he noted that the… Read More

  • How To Save Books

    How To Save Books

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was a time of triumph, it was a time of disaster, it was the publishing industry in 2014, just after mighty Amazon fired a new salvo in its war on traditional publishing by announcing its $10/month Kindle Unlimited book subscription service. At first glance this might seem useless and ridiculous: Read More

  • Scribd's "Grown-Up" Office Revisited | TC Cribs

    TC Cribs 50th Episode: We’re Back At Scribd, The San Francisco Startup Where It All Began

    Much like Leon Russell and Donny Hathaway, TechCrunch TV’s Cribs series has been so many places in its life and times. For its 50th episode airing today, we thought we’d bring it back to the place where it all began: Scribd, the San Francisco startup that veteran TechCruncher Jason Kincaid toured in the very first Cribs episode back in January 2011. Scribd today is still in its… Read More

  • Scribd’s Subscription E-Book Service Moves Into Travel With The Full Lonely Planet Library

    Scribd’s Subscription E-Book Service Moves Into Travel With The Full Lonely Planet Library

    Subscription e-book startup Scribd is announcing a deal with famed travel publisher Lonely Planet. Scribd started out as a service where users could share different types of written content (writers at TechCrunch still use it to share documents that we want to embed in our posts), but last year the company announced its intentions to become a Netflix-style style subscription service, where… Read More

  • With HarperCollins Deal, Scribd Unveils Its Bid To Become The Netflix For Books

    With HarperCollins Deal, Scribd Unveils Its Bid To Become The Netflix For Books

    The latest company making a bid to bring the subscription model to the book world is one that may already be familiar to TechCrunch readers — social publishing service Scribd. Scribd first launched in 2007, offering users a platform for users to share documents and other written content. We use it ourselves as a way to upload and embed documents that are relevant to our stories. For… Read More

  • Scribd Has 100M Users And A Mobile App It Needs To Rethink (After Yahoo Walked Away From A Deal)

    Scribd Has 100M Users And A Mobile App It Needs To Rethink (After Yahoo Walked Away From A Deal)

    Started originally as a ridesharing service, then pivoting to become a document uploading and reading service, Scribd now has 100 million registered users, with 90 million monthly active users. That makes it probably the biggest effort of its kind, but leveraging that size hasn’t always been easy. Scribd, TechCrunch has learned, is at a crossroads in mobile — a crossroads that… Read More

  • With Float, Scribd Hopes To Become The Netflix Of Reading

    With Float, Scribd Hopes To Become The Netflix Of Reading

    It’s a big day for online document sharing and social reading site Scribd. Today at Fortune’s Brianstorm conference, CEO Trip Adler will be revealing a major initiate that introduces a suite of new products and an entirely new brand: meet Float. Float is Scribd’s first iPhone application. It’s also an entirely new web app, and there will be additional mobile… Read More

  • Scribd's HTML5-Based Document Viewer Is Now Portable, Retroactively Upgrades 20M+ Embeds

    Last May, document sharing hub Scribd launched one of its biggest features yet: a document reader based entirely in HTML5. Up until then Scribd had presented its documents using a Flash-based viewer called Flash Paper, which worked well but had a few shortcomings — namely that it didn’t work on mobile devices like the iPhone. Scribd’s solution was to use optical… Read More

  • Why Starting Was A Really Bad Idea, But I'm Glad We Did It Anyway

    Right now I’m neck deep in product launch mode, putting the finishing touches on our new mobile video application—Socialcam. Of course, I’ve been here before . . . Years ago when we launched the show we had no idea what we were doing. This much was obvious to anyone who watched. Outsiders attribute far more strategic thought to the venture than we gave it. Some… Read More

  • TC Cribs Tours Scribd Offices

    TC Cribs: Take A Doc On The Wild Side At Scribd (With Bonus Go Karts!)

    It’s funny. When I tell my ‘normal’ friends that I’ve just come from Facebook’s office or need to head down to Google’s campus in Mountain View, they often give me a strange look, as if I’ve just told them I’m about to make a house call to the Easter Bunny. These companies aren’t places inhabited by actual people — they’re… Read More

  • Scribd Raises Another $13 Million, Aims To Bring Social Reading To Every Device

    Scribd, the document sharing hub that launched as a ‘YouTube For Documents’ and has since added other key features, including an online bookstore and a publisher analytics platform, has raised another big round of funding: it’s just closed a $13 million Series C round led by MLC Investments and SVB Capital, with participation from existing investors Redpoint Ventures… Read More

  • Scribd Stats: A 'Google Analytics For Documents'

    Document sharing hub Scribd has just announced a new feature that will allow publishers on the site to more accurately measure how their content is performing. Dubbed Scribd Stats, they’re likening it to a ‘Google Analytics for Documents’, and it’s an apt description — the product looks quite similar to Google’s popular web analytics product, but… Read More

  • Scribd Partners With Apture To Include Rich Media Contextual Browsing Within Content

    We wrote about Apture Highlights, a new plug-in that brings instantaneous search to content on the web, a few months ago. Today, Apture has scored a pretty significant deal with document-sharing site Scribd to allow users to use Apture Highlights on the tens of millions of public documents on the content platform. As we wrote in August, ‘Apture Highlights’ plugs the… Read More

  • Scribd Posts A Public Apology To Vocal Critic, Then Takes It Back

    A few days ago Law professor Eric Goldman wrote a vehement blog post entitled, “Scribd Puts My Old Uploads Behind a Paywall and Goes Onto My Shitlist” denouncing the recently enacted paywalls around documents older than two months on the popular document sharing site. “[Scribd’s] value proposition always has been open access to the documents–freely shared… Read More

  • Scribd Redesign Is An Attempt To Become A "Social Network For Reading"

    Reading isn’t a particularly social activity, but talking about reading and sharing books, articles, and other documents is highly social. Book clubs are so popular because people identify with other people who share the same reading interests. Document-sharing site Scribd wants to become the place on the Web where a million reading clubs flourish . With a redesign rolling out later… Read More

  • Foursquare, Scribd, And Spotify To Be Dubbed 2011 Technology Pioneers At Davos

    The World Economic Forum has announced its list of 31 Technology Pioneers for 2011. The Technology Pioneers are its list of up-and-coming startups. Last year’s list included Twitter, Playfish, and Boston Power. The year before, Mint, Etsy, and Brightcove were named. Joining the pantheon this year are foursquare, Knewton, Layar, Scribd, and Spotify. However, greentech is equally strong… Read More

  • Judge Strikes Down CA's Prop 8, Leaked Ruling Sends Scribd Traffic Skyrocketing

    Minutes ago, San Francisco federal judge Vaughn Walker struck down the infamous Proposition 8, a measure that banned same-sex marriage in California. Twitter and Facebook are abuzz with the news (as you’d expect), but one other site is also seeing an immense amount of traffic from it: document sharing hub Scribd. The final ruling was uploaded to Scribd by Good As You and received over… Read More

  • Scribd's Decision To Dump Flash Pays Off, User Engagement Triples

    Scribd's Decision To Dump Flash Pays Off, User Engagement Triples

    You could call it the perfect storm. Over the last few months, user engagement on Scribd has surged, according to CEO Trip Adler, thanks to its transition to HTML5, the introduction of the iPad, and Scribd’s Facebook integration. Of these three factors, Adler says the conversion from Flash to HTML5 was by far the greatest driver for his document sharing company. According to… Read More

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