The Scribd Archive was a bait & switch

You might recall the moderate sized ruckus this week when Scribd started their archive program without telling anyone. Basically Scribd decided that any file uploaded more than a few months ago was now in the “archive”, and they started charging access.

The ruckus happened because one, they did not bother to tell anyone and two, they were not paying the people who actually owned the files. Now of course everyone is upset about this, but you should set aside your anger because there is a deeper issue here.


When you sign up with Scribd, they more or less made the promise that they would host your files for free. When they started the archive (without telling anyone), what they did was a bait and switch. No more, no less.

I don’t trust Scribd anymore. They’ve shown that we can’t rely on them to match their words with their actions.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Read the Fine Print21 September, 2010

    We’ve launched a beta test of a premium feature called “The Scribd Archive,” which allows people to download certain content for a fee. The program helps us maintain our site and fund development of future products, but you can choose to ensure free downloads of your documents by opting out of the test in your account settings page.

    1. ac6 October, 2010

      mmm, hidden options. Very Facebooky, no wonder why the connection.

  2. Faleij18 November, 2010

    You can bypass the “Scribid Archive” and download any document in two ways:

    Alternative 1(best): pressing “mobile” select iPhone then send it to your regular email now you have a PDF of desired document.

    Alternative 2 (worse):
    Press “print”-icon above the document and print it to “Adobe PDF” – giving you a image pdf file of the document. If this “Adobe PDF” printer does not exist in your list of printers you need Adobe Acrobat and instead of Adobe Reader, any other Printer that writes to your disk will work aswell.
    If you want it to be textformated you have to have Acrobat Pro, then go to Document > OCR Text Recognition > Recognize Text Using OCR. However this can take some time depending on how many pages there are to proccess.


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