How Amazon Underground will affect content pricing and business models: More ads in e-books, in time?

By Joe Wikert
September 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

As interesting as the all-you-can read models from Next Issue, Oyster Books and Scribd are, I believe Amazon has just introduced a new model that’s likely to be much more disruptive in the long run. I’m talking about Amazon Underground, where paid apps go to be free. If you haven’t heard [...]

Theresa Horner to join Scribd as Vice President of Strategy and New Content Verticals

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
August 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Scribd announced today that Theresa Horner, former VP, Digital Content at Barnes and Noble will be joining them as their Vice President of Strategy and New Content Verticals. They have a Q&A with her on their site, and it has some interesting tidbits, like the fact that Horner has been reading [...]

Scribd Adds More Macmillan Titles

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
July 9, 2015 // 5 Comments

Earlier year, Macmillan gave Scribd about a thousand titles as a trial run. Looks like they were happy with the results because now they’ve given them another thousand. In case you don’t keep tabs on such things, Tor is one of Macmillan’s imprints, so fantasy and science fiction [...]

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 [...]

My Perspective on Scribd’s Announcement Of Removing Romance Titles

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
July 1, 2015 // 9 Comments

File this under “We had to know this was coming.” Susan’s already covered the main points of this story, but as the resident Scribd fan, I felt like I had to say something. As much as I love the service, I have been concerned all along about the sustainability of their business [...]

Scribd to cut romance and erotica titles from its catalog

By Susan Lulgjuraj
July 1, 2015 // 3 Comments

The ebook subscription model seems to have hit a bump. According to Smashwords’ Mark Coker, Scribd is cutting its romance and erotica catalog. Effective immediately, I estimate 80-90 percent of Smashwords romance and erotica titles will be dropped by Scribd, including nearly all of our most [...]

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 [...]

Exciting stuff from Scribd

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
April 16, 2015 // 2 Comments

It’s been a pretty cool week for the folks at Scribd and those of us who love the service. They’ve added new content, and the latest updates to their app rock. Let’s start with the new content. Honestly, I was shocked to get the advance press release that Scribd had landed some [...]

Comic books experience on Scribd

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
February 18, 2015 // 3 Comments

Oh the sacrifices I had to make to write this post. I had to actually read comic books. The pain and horror! Someone asked me recently if I’m a big comic book fan. The honest answer is, “no.” I’d like to be a big fan, but I’m not willing to spend the money to support a [...]

Scribd adds comic books

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
February 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

First eBooks, then audiobooks, and now comic books. What’s Scribd going to come up with next? For you comic book readers, starting today, comics from several publishers will be added. From the release: This offering represents the first time such a rich and varied selection of comics from [...]

Scribd signs new Big 5 publisher: Macmillan

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
January 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Everyone has said that for subscription services to succeed, they have to have more books everyone has heard of. The subtext of that statement is that they need to have more books by traditional publishing. Scribd has done a pretty good job until now, signing deals with HarperCollins, Wiley, [...]

Review: Scribd update and audiobooks

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
November 17, 2014 // 2 Comments

Recently, we announced that Scribd had added audiobooks to their subscription service. They also implemented some tweaks to their mobile apps. While I still love the service, I’m not wildly enthusiastic about the changes or the audiobook implementation. Let’s start with finding an [...]

Scribd adds audiobooks. Might be enough for me to cancel Audible

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
November 6, 2014 // 3 Comments

Scribd just added something huge. Subscription audiobooks. Remember how I said in my two months with Kindle Unlimited post that the availability of audiobooks was a huge differentiator? Scribd just closed that gap with today’s announcement. Scribd, the leading subscription book service, today [...]

Scribd announces one-year exclusive deal with Harlequin

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
October 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

Romance readers take note. Harlequin just signed a one-year exclusive subscription deal with Scribd. From the release: Scribd will be the exclusive subscription partner for 15,000 titles from Harlequin’s extensive backlist. Titles from a variety of Harlequin imprints, including Harlequin Series [...]

Are there lessons from Spotify on eBook subscription services?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
September 30, 2014 // 8 Comments

For years people have been telling the publishing industry to look at the music industry for lessons learned on piracy, DRM and other issues. eBook subscription services have obviously been one area in which publishing has paid attention, with services like Scribd, Oyster, Kindle Unlimited and [...]

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