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300k Titles on Scribd and a Scribd Infographic

“We’re thrilled to announce that Scribd now offers readers over 300,000 book titles through our subscription service! That’s right – your personal digital library has now expanded to include 300k+ New York Times bestsellers, literary classics, groundbreaking non-fiction, and more. And with big numbers comes a lot of big, interesting data. So, we designed an infographic to highlight some fun facts about Scribd subscribers and their reading habits.” (via The Scribd Blog)

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Scribd and Smashwords Working to Build New Publishing/Distribution Models for Ebooks

“Last month, the ebook subscription service Scribd and Smashwords, “the world’s largest distributor of independent ebooks,” announced a two-part collaboration they hope will consolidate their position in the emerging independent ebook publishing/distribution marketplace. According to a blog post by Mark Coker, Smashwords founder and CEO, “Smashwords will supply books to Scribd’s new ebook subscription service, where for $8.99 per month subscribers can enjoy unlimited reading. Smashwords ebooks will also be available for individual sale to Scribd customers under our standard retailer terms.” (via ITI)

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Why Netflix Or Spotify For Ebooks Will Work

“Many publishing industry observers don’t think that Oyster or Scribd or any other “Netflix or Spotify for ebooks” will work in the consumer marketplace. Why? The rights issues are very complicated. Agents and authors may not go for it. Publishers may not go for it. Consumers may realize that it’s not worth their money. The list goes on.”

via Forbes)

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Data Mining Scribd Subscriptions

“Scribd has examined user data over the two-week period following the October 1 public launch of its e-book subscription service and found that 4.5 books were browsed for every book read, and that, in total, subscribers to the service spent the equivalent of 9.6 years reading books. The company also projected that “power readers” would read 10 book per month.One such power reader in Wichita, Kans., spent 45 hours reading in a single week. According to the report, the Apple iPad is the most popular reading device among subscribers, followed by a bunch of Android devices Nook, Kindle, and Nexus7. In addition—thanks to the wonders of Big Data analysis—Scribd reports that its subscribers are more likely to read nonfiction than fiction on tablet devices.” (via Publishers Weekly)

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Scribd Challenges Amazon and Apple With ‘Netflix for Books’

“Spotify did it for music. Netflix did it for movies. And now, Trip Adler and Scribd are doing it for books. The 29-year-old entrepreneur and his six-year-old San Francisco startup just unveiled an online subscription service that gives you unlimited access to a large library of digital books for a flat monthly fee, including titles from big-name publishing house HarperCollins. This isn’t a place where you purchase your very own digital copy of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. It’s a place where you can browse and skim and read whatever strikes your fancy, which might end up as a few paragraphs of the Christie classic sandwiched in between a chapter of Elmore Leonard crime fiction and a cover-to-cover romp through your favorite Neil Gaiman novel.” (via Wired.com)

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