Scribd has 55 Million visitors, lots of pirated books, & burgeoning legitimate business interests. A couple of weeks ago, Scribd announced that it had an agreement with Random House to host full length free works by popular authors like Tess Gerritsen whose work on Scribd was “read” 30,000 in three weeks. This week, brings us news that JK Rowling and Ken Follett are trying to battle with Scribd to keep their books off the Scribd site.
The main takeaway from this article is how clueless publishing is:
Ken Follett’s publisher, Macmillan, was unware that World without End had been uploaded on to the Scribd website for more than five months, and had been read more than 500 times there. Macmillan said it was “now looking into this”