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Scribd, an Online Databank of Written Works, Opens Store

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.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. LindaR (likari)
    May 20, 2009 @ 18:17:48

    I just checked it out. There is a complete copy of a newly published NYT bestselling title that I won’t name that you could download or read online if you wanted to.

    So they need to come up with a better way of not hosting pirated works.

  2. Mark
    May 22, 2009 @ 11:42:01

    Things You’ll Need:
    1. Sign up for an account at the Docuter Home page ( If you already have an account, simply log into your account. Click on the “Upload” button at the top of the page.
    2. Next, click on the button labeled “Click to Select Files” and browse your file which you want to upload
    3. Click on “Upload Files” button to upload the file. You will see the upload progress and then conversion status.
    4. You will then see a Describe Document window, where fill in the document details and enter the folder if any where you might want to save the document. Click on “Save” button. You can also skip this step by clicking on “Skip” button. You will now see your document under “All Documents”. The document is already published now.
    5. Click on Document to go to the document page. Click on the Embed button to get the “Embed Codes.”
    Here you will see an Embed Code, which you can use to put document on yoru blog or website and a link code which you can use to link to the document from anywhere. Copy the Embed code.
    6. Log into your blog site, and Open the post you want to embed the Docuter Document into, or create a new post. Click the tab to switch to HTML mode. Press “Control + V,” which will paste the code into your blog. (for Macs, press Command + V). Click on Save or Publish and your document is embeded into your blog.
    Check out a sample document posted on

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