Social Publishing Site Scribd Partners With Major Publishers
San Francisco-based social publishing Web site Scribd Inc. has partnered with major publishers—including Random House, Simon & Schuster, Workman Publishing Co., Berrett-Koehler, Thomas Nelson and Manning Publications—to bring books and other professional works to its community of more than 50 million readers. These publishing partners will upload and share entire novels, sneak-preview chapters and exclusive excerpts from best-selling authors and book series for free on Scribd.com.
"Now, in addition to original writings and documents contributed by our users—short stories, research reports, even recipes and sheet music—readers can discover premium works by best-selling authors on Scribd," says Trip Adler, CEO and co-founder of Scribd. More than 50,000 new documents are uploaded to the site daily using Scribd's iPaper reader, a technology that enables users to upload, share and embed original writings and documents in their "printed" layouts, regardless of file format.
"Scribd has quickly become a unique online community where readers of all tastes can go to discover, explore and share first-rate content," says Ellie Hirschhorn, executive vice president and chief digital officer of Simon & Schuster. "Its unique approach provides us with the desired flexibility to determine how our content is viewed and used on a case-by-case basis, and is proving to be an effective tool for creating excitement for our books."
"By offering our book excerpts for free to tens of millions of Scribd readers, we reach an extensive, new audience and help people try before they buy," says David Marshall, director for digital communities at Berrett-Koehler Publishers. "In initial trials, our book excerpts on Scribd received hundreds of thousands of reads, dramatically increasing our community of readers."
For more information about Scribd's program for publishers, visit www.Scribd.com/partner.