May 18 2009
Scribd is an online site offering written works. Think of it as the Youtube of writing. You can find the full text of Obama’s commencement speech at Notre Dame or Lynne Graham’s Harlequin Presents titles. With over million documents, there is something for everyone. The problem with Scribd is that some people use the service to upload pirated books. (see aforementioned Lynne Graham).
Scribd has added a store which allows you to preview books and then, conceivably, purchase them. The problem is that the store isn’t functional. I tried to figure out how to purchase a Lynne Graham title, but I was able to download it without paying for it first. Hopefully Scribd will get that working. Scribd will pay publishers 80% of the revenue.