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gb18 wrote:

http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/01/scribd-harpercollins-book-subscriptions/


I'm intrigued by this, and curious to see how well it works.  The $8.99 price is a great deal even for a moderate reader - it's a pretty decent deal even if you only read two books a month, and most regular readers are well beyond that.  It might be a hard sell with only HC backlist, but if they get most or all of the major pubs onboard, they could have a really great service.

 

My client company blocks the scribd site, so I personally wouldn't be able to read over my lunch hour. I'd bet my company isn't the only one to block them, so...

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Their Playstore app says you can "save for offline reading".  Not sure how that will work, but I may have to check this out.  I really hope this works out for everyone-authors, readers, publishers, and Scribd.

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Re: Scribd/Harper-Collins Ebook Subscription Deal

I noticed this in the FAQ:

"While Scribd supports tablets like the Kindle Fire or Nook HD, it does not support E-Ink based readers like the Amazon Kindle or Nook Simple Touch."
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javabird wrote:
I noticed this in the FAQ:

"While Scribd supports tablets like the Kindle Fire or Nook HD, it does not support E-Ink based readers like the Amazon Kindle or Nook Simple Touch."
Which sounds like a browser-based product.  You can read the content online but not download it.
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So, it wouldn't work if you don't have a wifi connection?  I do a lot of my reading during lunch time and we don't have wifi at work.  

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gb18 wrote:

From their faq:

 

http://support.scribd.com/forums/21428043-Discovering-reading-and-sharing


I can't access their site, so, could you summarize what you where trying to show here?

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Although the company is profitable, perhaps it is because of some of the illegally-offered works made available to subscribers:

"In 2007, one year after its inception, Scribd had been served with 25 DMCA take down notices. It is not known how many DMCA notices have been served up to now, but on 8 January 2013, a single author, Steven Saylor, notified Scribd of 17 unauthorized uploads of his copyrighted work."

Additional controversy:

"In March 2009, the passwords of several Comcast customers were leaked on Scribd. The passwords were later removed when the news was published by The New York Times.

In July 2010, GigaOM reported that the script of The Social Network movie was uploaded and leaked on Scribd; it was promptly taken down per Sony’s DMCA request."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scribd

Is Scribd really much different from the original Napster?

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Sandikal wrote:

So, it wouldn't work if you don't have a wifi connection?  I do a lot of my reading during lunch time and we don't have wifi at work.  


If you download material into your device, you can read it off-line, according to the Scribd support site.

 

 

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I started a free trial yesterday. It's good for 30 days. The price point will save me (one of those people who read way beyond even the avid reader amount) a lot of money, even with just the few publishers & indies already taking part.

 

I have to say I'm really impressed - you can download books while in wi-fi areas and save them to read later using their app when you aren't in a wi-fi enabled area.

 

The app itself is pretty nice, I messed with the computer/web browser vs e-reader app. Opening the books the first time seems to be a tiny bit slow, but I imagine that's because they have to load up. It wasn't significantly slow though.

 

You can't highlight or do bookmarks that I see, but you do have the ability to change fonts & colors.

 

I personally think I'll keep the membership for awhile. I am curious to know how frequently the backlists will be added, but just from browsing for a little while I've already created a little library to keep me entertained for awhile.

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  Support Desk

HOMEGUIDES AND FAQSSUBMIT A REQUESTCHECK YOUR EXISTING REQUESTS

Guides and FAQs/Using Scribd/Discovering, reading and sharing

 

Can I use Scribd without an internet connection?

 

Jerry

posted this on Sep 26 06:09 pm

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If you use one of our mobile apps, you can save books and documents for offline reading. These books will automatically be downloaded to your mobile device when you open the Scribd app. Once they're saved to your device you can read them even when you don't have an active internet connection.

 

An active internet connection is required to use the Scribd.com website or mobile site.

 

(Doing this from an HD+, so it's a little awkward.)

 


keriflur wrote:

gb18 wrote:

From their faq:

 

http://support.scribd.com/forums/21428043-Discovering-reading-and-sharing


I can't access their site, so, could you summarize what you where trying to show here?




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I think I get it.  It works like the Overdrive app.  

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I refuse to have anything to do with Scribd because of their unscrupulous acts in posting copyrighted works they haven't paid for.

 

See http://www.jerrypournelle.com/archives2/archives2view/view481.html#Friday, http://www.jerrypournelle.com/archives2/archives2view/view481.html#Saturday,

http://www.jerrypournelle.com/archives2/archives2view/view481.html#Sunday, http://www.jerrypournelle.com/archives2/archives2view/view482.html, and

http://craphound.com/sfwa-scribd-takedown2.txt

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Is there anything more recent than 2007 on this? You have a very good point here, but have things changed?
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To my knowledge, Scribd has never admitted wrongdoing muchless changed their procedures.  What really got me was their reaction upon notification:  instead of apologizing and saying a member uploaded illicit materials without their knowledge, they attacked SFWA, Pournelle, LeGuin, and other authors I enjoy and support.  As far as I'm  concerned, they built their business on top of intellectual theft.  Pass.

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As I've just found out. Yes, I can use my Nook Color to read lots of books (although some of my favorite authors they don't carry and the books I really really want I would have to pay for), but if I want to read them from Scribd, I have to be reading from my web browser.
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