Scribd Users Spent 9.6 Person-Years Reading eBooks Over the Past 2 Weeks

Whenscribd infographic Scribd launched their subscription ebook service a couple weeks ago it quickly grew to be the second most popular service here in the US (following the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library). Today Scribd decided to share some details about their success.

They’ve posted an infographic with some highlights, and I have embedded it below.

The infographic tells us that Scribd’s subscribers have so far spent 9.6 years reading ebooks. We don’t know many subscribers Scribd has, but I can tell you that the power readers go through an average of 10 ebooks each month. Scribd has also revealed that one user in Wichita KS holds the record of reading 14 books in 2 weeks after having spent spent over 45 hours a week reading.

When it comes to hardware, Scribd’s records show that the most popular reading device was the iPad – by far. Android devices came in second, with PCs in third place and smartphones rounding out last place.

I have to say that I was surprised; I was expecting smartphones to rank higher due to the simple fact that there are more iPhones out there than iPads. I had also thought PCs would drive nonfiction reading, but apparently iPad users are driving the technical and academic reading. Most people are reading general fiction though business titles, romance, and relationship books are almost as popular.

I am not surprised by Scribd’s success. Their ebook subscription service draws on Scribd’s past experience with document storage and sharing to provide a highly functional service with polished apps for Android, iPhone, and your web browser. Scribd’s ebook subscription service is available globally and includes titles from HarperCollins as well as E-Reads, Kensington, Red Wheel/Weiser, Rosetta Books, Sourcebooks, and Workman.

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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. BookPirate19 December, 2013

      If your books are at a public library for check out then stop [email protected] about piracy. Sharing isn’t “piracy” and hasn’t been ruled illegal in any court of law.

      Long past time that the law has caught up to the digital age and not be a tool of large media corporations.

      Take solace in the fact that the original purpose of writng and literature was to inform , educate and debate. Not to line the pockets for written material that most likely is marginal and consigned to the cut out section in a few months.
      Want to make money? Sell the screenplay to a film company and let them eat some of the loss.

      Long live The Pirate Bay and the uploaders that make every best seller available via torrent every week going back at least 8 years.

  1. Fiedah16 October, 2013

    Scibd is awesome! I pay $9 and have tons of books to choose from. Can’t beat that!

  2. Jedrek17 October, 2013

    I am surprised by the stats. I was using Scribd for a year, reading couple of books only and eventually resigned. I was paying for nothing – most books are poor quality (I mean content). Any interesting books are extra paid! I prefer buying ebooks which I will read instead of paying for a rubbish.

  3. Amy17 October, 2013

    I totally agree with Jedrek. I was a member for awhile only because they had some free books that I wanted other than that, the content sucked on Scribd. I recently joined with the free month trial and they have a lot of new content. A lot of the books aren’t books that I’d normally buy but I’ve read a lot of books that are good that I would’ve normally passed by. For $9, I feel it’s a steal.


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