What is Scribd?
Scribd lets you publish and discover documents online. It is like a big online library where anyone can upload. We make use of a custom Flash document viewer that lets you display documents right in your Web browser. There are all sorts of other features that make it easy and fun to publish, convert, embed, analyze, and read documents.
Part of the idea behind Scribd is that everyone has a lot of documents sitting around on their computers that only they can read. With Scribd we hope to unlock this information by putting it on the web.
What kinds of things can I do with documents on Scribd?
To name a few:
What kinds of documents can I publish on Scribd?
Literally, anything you can put in a Word (.doc), PDF (.pdf), text (.txt), PowerPoint (.ppt), Excel (.xls), Postscript (.ps), or LIT (.lit) file. Here are some things people have uploaded to Scribd:
If I want to publish my writing online, why use Scribd instead of a blog?
Publishing on Scribd is conceptually very different from blogging. Here are a few reasons:
•Each piece of writing on Scribd stands completely by itself.
Rather than being like an online journal, in which all the entries are related to the others, each document is a stand-alone publication.
•There is no pressure to post multiple documents on Scribd.
Unlike a blog, you can post one piece of writing and then never post anything again.
Instead of being a blogging site, Scribd is more accurately describd as a writing repository, or as we like to call it, a wripository.
If I publish a document on Scribd, how will people find it?
The Internet is a big place, and someone out there is bound to find and read your work. For example, the full text of all documents gets indexed by Google and other major search engines. This might seem obvious, but it's actually quite difficult to get text indexed by search engines nowadays, and we have worked very hard on this so you don't have to. Scribd also has an active community of readers from all around the world who spend a lot of time browsing the site. Since all the content is organized with tags, popularity ratings, similarities among documents, as well as other things, readers can be directed to good and relevant content.
Do I keep the rights to documents published on Scribd?
Of course. When you upload something to Scribd, you keep all the rights to it, including the right to remove it at any time. You grant Scribd only the right to host the document until you choose to remove it. If you choose to, however, you can give other people limited rights to share and reproduce your work, by publishing it under a Creative Commons license.
How do I convert between different document formats?
First, publish the document on Scribd. Then, once it's online, choose the format that you would like to use to download the document.
How do I embed a document in a webpage or Myspace profile?
Next to each document there is a piece of HTML code in a text box. Copy and paste this text into the code of the webpage.
Do I need to sign up to publish on Scribd?
No, you do not need to sign up. However, if you publish anonymously and move to a different computer you will lose ownership of your documents and you will never be able to edit or delete them. This is not because we're mean; it's just because if you don't sign up, we have no way of confirming that you're still the person who uploaded your documents. All signing up requires is entering a username and password, so why not just create an account?
Can I make money for my work using Scribd?
Not directly. While Scribd does not allow you to charge for access to your work on the site, you can use Scribd to promote your paid work. For example, if you have a blog with ads on it, you can upload one of your best entries to Scribd as a way to get more readership. If you have a book in print, you can upload an excerpt (or even the whole thing!) to Scribd as a promotion.
However, Scribd does offer a neat little printing service through Print(fu). Every document you upload automatically has a link to the Print(fu) service, where readers can get a printed copy mailed to them for a few dollars. Every time someone orders a print copy of your document through Print(fu), Print(fu) will email you $1 using Paypal. Some things to keep in mind:
What's the story behind Scribd?
Scribd was started by Trip Adler and Jared Friedman in September 2006, and a few months later Tikhon Bernstam joined as a founder. The idea was inspired when Trip and Jared wanted to publish some of their school papers online and couldn't find an easy way to do it. They hit upon the idea of making a website designed for people to share their documents with the world.
How do you guys make money?
Trip plays sax on street corners sometimes. From:
Scribd FAQ http://www.scribd.com/faq
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