Scribd, the popular resource to post and share documents online has just formally launched their “all you can read” subscription ($8.99/month) ebook service in the U.S.
The multi-platform service launches with a “majority of the titles” found on the HarperCollins and HarperCollins Christian backlists.
Here’s a direct link to browse their catalog of books as of today.
Scribd’s New Service
HarperCollins Publishers has signed as the first major publishing partner, making the majority of the HarperCollins US and HarperCollins Christian backlist catalog for Scribd’s digital book subscription service.
In addition, the full HarperCollins catalog can be purchased in the Scribd retail store.
Scribd features titles from best selling authors including: Paulo Coelho, Neil Gaiman, Marian Keys, and Elmore Leonard from HarperCollins, as well as best selling authors from other publishers including: E-Reads, Kensington, Red Wheel/Weiser, Rosetta Books, Sourcebooks, and Workman.
Scribd’s extensive collection of user generated content also offers subscribers additional reading options that enhance and add a social element to the books they’re reading or have read. For example, after reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, readers can access papers analyzing the different characters in the book, a doctorate paper on tenement houses in Brooklyn, and even a study guide for the book. Scribd will also let people easily see what books and documents their friends have read, privacy settings permitting.
Additional info and “how to” in this FAQ
As we’ve said countless times on infoDOCKET (as recently as a month ago) with the launches of Oyster and eReatah, the library community needs to not only be aware of these services but consider them in planning for the future. Sadly, to this point, we’ve seen little discussion of what these types of services will mean for the future of libraries and ebooks (especially public libraries). Instead of repeating out comments from a few weeks ago, here’s a link to our post that includes links to other discussions.
- From the Scribd Blog