Scribd Wants You to Know About Its new Discovery Features (And That it Isn’t Dead Yet)

scribd signageVoted “ebook startup most likely to close in 2016”, Scribd crossed my desk again this week when they announced that they have updated

Scribd published a blog post yesterday which detailed the new options:

  • Interest: Dive deep into the interests that matter to you with books, audiobooks, documents, and more.
  • Featured Reading List: We’ve collected reading lists and suggestions from some of the world’s top influencers. From authors like Elizabeth Gilbert to entrepreneurs and innovators like Elon Musk, there’s always a recommendation that will satisfy your curiosity.
  • Trending: We are curating the best of what’s trending online and around the world to help you find your next favorite read. You’ll be able to browse trending titles in every interest, which means you’ll always be in the know about the topics that matter to you.

“Scribd is committed to changing the way the world reads,” said Trip Adler, CEO, Scribd. “With more reading being done on mobile devices, content types are becoming less important than the content topics themselves. That’s why we decided to create an experience that is driven by interests, not mediums.”

Up until about six months ago Scribd had an unlimited ebook subscription service which rivaled Kindle Unlimited. But then Scribd discovered first-hand the problem of  collecting a flat fee from users and paying suppliers based on how many books were read, and was forced to scale back.

Now Scribd offers a much more limited subscription service.

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. MKS25 August, 2016

    Do real people use terms such as “influencers” and “curate”? Did the press release really have that duplicated (“over-curated”) initial sentence? That’s terrible.

    1. Nate Hoffelder25 August, 2016

      That double sentence was a paste error. My fault.

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