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  • How To Save Books Crunch Network

    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 Justin.tv 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 Justin.tv 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

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