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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

To name a few:

• Display documents in a web browser using our custom Flash PDF

• Perform high quality conversions between many different
formats, including Word, PDF, plain text, HTML, JPEG, PowerPoint,
Excel, Postscript, LIT, and even audio format
• See all sorts of detailed information on who is viewing each of
your documents, including the geographic locations of visitors
and how people got to your doc (i.e., Google queries)
• Publish a document online with its own public URL that will be
indexed by Google and other search engines and be read by a lot
of people
• Embed a long or complex document in your blog or personal
• Convert a document to an mp3 that you can listen to on your
• Bulk upload files (that's right, storage is unlimited!)
• Receive "likes" and comments on your documents
• Choose among a variety of copyright licenses for each of your
• Receive money every time someone orders a printed copy of
your docs
• Discover documents related to your own using our similarity
• Analyze the text of your docs (how does your sentence length
compare to the Scribd average?)
• Browse popular documents using view counts, likes, tags, our
similarity algorithm, and other ways that let you find content that
is interesting to you
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:

• School papers
• Poems
• PowerPoint presentations
• Serious academic research articles
• Funny pictures
• Free online books
• Excel Spreadsheets
• Commentary on current events
• Musical scores

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
• 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.
• You don't write things for the purpose of putting them on Scribd.
Instead Scribd is meant to be a tool for publishing things you
have already written.
• Writings on Scribd are timeless. They don't have to be about
what you did during the day or the current events of the week.
They can even be things you wrote ten years ago!
• Unlike a blog, Scribd allows you to upload a Word or PDF file with
richly formatted text

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
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

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

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

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:

• Don't get too excited - the amount of money you will make is
likely to be trivial. This is a fun service, not a serious way to
make money.
• For this to work, you must put a real email address on your
• Scribd currently does not take any cut of the money you make
through Print(fu), though we reserve the right to do so in the
• If you don't want the Print(fu) link, you can always take it off by
editing your document's properties.

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.
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