November 30, 2020

Report: Scribd Says It Has Over 500,000 Subscribers Paying $8.99/month For Ebooks, Audiobooks, and Now News

Comment from infoDOCKET Founder/Editor Gary Price:

It would interesting (and useful) to research and learn how many of these books and other sources are available REMOTELY and 24x7x365 (with a library card) from various public libraries around the U.S. and if library users were aware of these services/resources vs. paying for access to a collection. It also shows that some consumers are willing to pay a monthly fee for content that libraries also pay for/subsidize (with tax dollars) and then offer to cardholders at no charge.  

In other words, what does Scribd and services like it mean in the long term for public library services especially if they are not promoted/marketed to current and potential users? These are not new questions. However, perhaps this is the time to find answers, discuss, plan?

From NiemanLab:

Scribd’s $8.99/month subscription service started out with only ebooks. Over time, it’s expanded to audiobooks, sheet music, documents, magazines — and, as of Tuesday, newspapers. “Select articles” from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian, as well as some archival content from the Financial Times, will now be available to Scribd subscribers.

And Scribd says there are quite a lot of subscribers: The service now has over half a million paying subscribers, paying $8.99 a month, and the company is profitable. I was so surprised by the subscriber number that I asked CEO Trip Adler to repeat himself; it’s true, he said: “We have a $50 million revenue run rate.” The San Francisco–based company now has more than 110 employees.

Read the Complete NiemanLab Article by Laura Hazard Owen

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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