Is self-publishing heading for a ‘train wreck’?

By Chris Meadows
September 26, 2015 // 9 Comments

Wow. There’s someone who’s bitter. Author Derek Haines has written a blistering diatribe against the current state of the self-publishing market. From such portents as Sony exiting the e-reader business, the end of Diesel eBooks, the loss of Flipkart and Oyster’s all-you-can-eat services, and [...]

Scribd pares audiobook offerings from its subscription service

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Uh-oh, looks like the audiobook fiends have joined the romance novel fiends as an unwanted financial drain on Scribd’s subscription program. The company reports on its blog that it is cutting back its audiobook catalog offerings available to subscribers of its $9/mo service. After thirty days, [...]

Are the new Kindle Unlimited rates good or bad? It depends on who you ask

By Chris Meadows
July 2, 2015 // 4 Comments

Now that it’s July, the new chapter of Kindle Unlimited has begun. No longer paying per book (of which at least 10% was read), it’s now paying per page. According to one estimate, a bit over half a cent per page, though it remains to be seen how close to accurate this guess is. Is this good? If [...]

Why own media when you can rent the library?

By Chris Meadows
April 30, 2015 // 3 Comments

Is ownership of media passé? Over the last few years, I’ve noticed an interesting trend develop. It started with music, as “all-you-can-eat” services like Pandora and Spotify popped up to offer users a chance to listen to as much music as they wanted either free with advertising, or for a [...]

Almost a year with Scribd. Has anything changed with my reading?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
August 18, 2014 // 6 Comments

I will have been a Scribd subscriber for a year in October, and I’ve noticed some interesting changes in my reading habits. If you’re interested in how a subscription service affects book buying and reading, follow along. According to my Goodreads account, here’s the important [...]

Scribd adds new browsing and books discovery options

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
August 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Scribd made some significant changes to their web interface today, opening up new browsing and book discovery options. While I like the concept overall, as an author with books listed in Scribd, I noticed something which bothered me. Let’s start with the concept. Scribd’s new browse [...]

Lonely Planet e-book travel guides now on Scribd

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

The popular Lonely Planet travel guide e-books have headed to Scribd. The e-book subscription service let customers know about the newest addition through email. When I think of e-book subscriptions, I tend to imagine a digital library with thousands of titles ready for me to read. I think more [...]

Oyster and Scribd release different, but significant app updates

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
January 22, 2014 // 2 Comments

While content will always be important to subscription services, we can’t ignore the importance of reading environment. The greatest content in an unusable app won’t attract many subscribers. Both Oyster and Scribd recently released app updates, and while they took different approaches, [...]

Scribd and Smashwords Author Compensation: Why It's Confusing

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
December 27, 2013 // 4 Comments

Two weeks ago, we covered the new Scribd/Smashwords partnership, and one of the things I noticed when I read the announcement was how complicated were the Scribd and Smashwords author compensation terms. I’ve already covered the first part of my interview with Andrew Weinstein, VP of [...]

Scribd and Piracy: What Are They Doing To Stop It?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
December 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

When Scribd announced their partnership with Smashwords last week, I did some poking around various boards to check the reaction. What I discovered was that Scribd and piracy were linked together in the minds of many people. On Friday, I had a chance to talk with Andrew Weinstein, VP of Content [...]

Scribd to Partner With Smashwords. Adds More Than 225,000 Titles

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
December 19, 2013 // 3 Comments

As an author, Christmas has come early for me. Although I’m still writing the article detailing my experience, I decided last month to distribute my books through Smashwords. One of the reasons was the partnership with Oyster, and I was crossing my fingers that Scribd was to come. And today [...]

First Impressions of new Scribd Service

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
October 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

It was ironic that a reminder popped up for me yesterday to cancel Oyster. Cancel one service and sign up for another. Susan has covered the essentials well in her article. What I wanted to write about was my impression as a user. So far, I like it. The selection is similar to Oyster, and I found [...]

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