Getting Started with Scribd

Scribd is an online publishing platform available to anyone at no charge. Users can publish original writings, government agencies can post public documents and anyone can sell electronic books using Scribd. These publications can be read online or downloaded in several formats. They can even be embedded on web sites/blogs. All publications are indexed by the major search engines and the social features included in the platform are helping to build a virtual version of the local bookstore. For the family historian, genealogical and historical societies and the genealogical community at large, Scribd offers not only an affordable way to distribute your publications but also a great way to get noticed. This guide introduces the Scribd platform, walks you through the setup process and demonstrates how to upload and manage your documents.

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Create Your User Account Meet Your Neighbors Start Publishing
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This not only gives us an easy opportunity to find ebooks. draft legislation and many other public documents. Your first visit will display a screen similar to the one shown here.Word Processing for Publishers Series . While most of the works published at Scribd are free to read and download. Businesses are using the platform to publish white papers. newsletters and any number of other publications available here. digital scrapbooks and any number of other documents related to your research. You can choose to make a publication available to the public or kept private . Scribd users can now offer their works for sale at the Scribd Store.Getting Started with Scribd Scribd brings readers. A growing number of commercial publishers are offering electronic versions of their books through the store too. writers and reading together in an elegantly simple platform. spotlighting the latest additions as well as featured publications. Government agencies are publishing budgets. There are books. brochures and user guides. this provides a free platform for publishing family histories. For the family historian. magazines. but attracts others to Scribd who might also find our publications too. transcribed records.visible only to 2 . biographical sketches.

enter your email address and a password. then click the Sign Up button. Societies and associations can distribute newsletters and maintain archives of documents .either freely accessible or for purchase. You’ll be taken to a page displaying other Scribd users who you can choose to subscribe to (similar to following someone on Twitter). By taking advantage of the social tools included in Scribd’s platform. both individuals and associations can build groups around specific topics or geographical areas to help others find information to support their research.Word Processing for Publishers Series . I suggest you skip that step also. Create Y User our Account Your first step is to set up a free account at Scribd. 3 . Now you arrive at your profile page where you can build your profile. At the bottom of the page is a button allowing you to skip to the next step which is to authorize access to your address book to find your friends who are already on Scribd.Getting Started with Scribd those you want to see them. From the front page.

leave a comment or flag it for inappropriate content. but that can easily be fixed by clicking the Settings button at the top right side of the screen and begin building your profile.Word Processing for Publishers Series . Be sure to check Scribd’s privacy policy to learn what information they collect about you and what they do with it. There’s nothing that says your profile image has to be a photo. you can start reading right away or add it to your personal bookshelf for reference at any time.Getting Started with Scribd At first the page will look a bit empty. include it in your profile along with keywords . Just click the Add to your reading list link found just below the document window. I’m using a Moultrie Creek logo. You can also rate the document. That will help other researchers find you on the site. If you have a blog or web site.to describe your interests. 4 .like “genealogy” . it’s always good to explore a bit and get comfortable with the neighborhood. In my profile. Meet Y Neighbors our When you first join a new network. When you find something you find interesting. There’s lots of interesting people and publications on Scribd and you should spend some time looking around.

In Scribd. messages and subscribers pages. You’ll find some very professional publications . find access to your reading list and see what publications are currently being featured on Scribd. I list several publishers you might find interesting. 5 . These updates appear on your personal Scribd home page.Getting Started with Scribd Not only will you find some fascinating things to read.to put to use on your own publications.style. layout and content . but you’ll find some interesting publishers you may want to follow.and some that aren’t.Word Processing for Publishers Series . you can subscribe to any other user and you’ll receive updates whenever they publish new content or “scribble” a comment. A menu in the gray bar across the top of the page will move you to your documents. In the Resources section at the end of this guide. Make note of the things that impressed you . Take advantage of the search feature to see if there are any published documents matching your research interests. you’ll also get a quick look at what’s happening with your documents. Look at some of the publications to get a feel for how people are using Scribd. Here.

docx) • Microsoft PowerPoint (.xls/.pptx) • Microsoft Excel (.Getting Started with Scribd Start Publishing With your account squared away and having checked out the neighborhood.pps/.rtf) You can even create a document within the Scribd platform by copy and pasting text into the plain text upload form. .ps) • Microsoft Word (.odt.Word Processing for Publishers Series . I use the PDF option for most of my uploads.odp. 6 . . you may want to invest in a PDF conversion application.sxc) • All OpenDocument formats • Plain text (.pdf) • Adobe PostScript (. .sxi) • OpenOffice Spreadsheet (.xlsx) • OpenOffice Text Document (.sxw) • OpenOffice Presentation Document (. Since I write most of my guides in Apple’s Pages word processor. Scribd can upload any of the following file types: • Adobe PDF (. you’re ready to start publishing.ods.ppt/.doc/ . If you aren’t using one of the applications listed here.txt) • Rich text format (.

my Scribd document was restored. In their Copyright and DMCA FAQs section you’ll find more information on your options. After showing that both pieces belonged to me. There may be times you upload a document that isn’t for public viewing. it will not be indexed by search engines or displayed on the Explore page and it will have a unique URL which includes a “secret word”. 7 . make sure you read and understand Scribd’s copyright terms of service. When you upload your publications. You might be posting it so it’s available to you from other computers or you only want certain people to view it. Before you upload anything. part of the upload process is to assign legal rights. This can range from public domain through the various levels of Creative Commons licenses to traditional copyright.Getting Started with Scribd Copyright and DMCA Scribd takes copyright very seriously. You’ll find my licensing notice at the end of this document. I once uploaded a “reprint” of one of my blog posts to Scribd and a few weeks later I received an email that this piece had been removed because it appeared to be a duplicate of another work.Word Processing for Publishers Series . If you assign a document as private during the upload process. It’s also a good idea to include that information in your document. They have search engines comparing content on Scribd with other online content.

Copies will also be converted to PDF format and plain text. Although there are quick upload options found throughout the Scribd site. you can download a desktop application to make that easier. when you are uploading a private document it’s best to use this publishing page since it provides the option to select your privacy level before you begin the upload. This creates the on-screen viewer used to read the publication online. Once uploaded.Word Processing for Publishers Series . For uploading single files. It will take you to the publishing page shown here. If you publish a document and then decide to make it private.Getting Started with Scribd Upload Y File our The best way to start is to click on the Upload button at the top of any Scribd page. Both the 8 . If you want to upload several documents at a time. The Single File (no Flash) upload option is very useful when you’re uploading from a browser that doesn’t support Flash or javascript. the file is converted to Scribd’s iPaper format. it’s quite possible the search engines may have already indexed it and it won’t be totally private. use the Standard or Single File (no Flash) options.

which are created in a landscape format specifically for screen viewing. You must save these settings before moving to the next tab. The Default View Mode field offers three options: Book. but for documents. Follow the link to your document page and you’ll see the Edit link in the document toolbar just below the document’s title. 9 . The slideshow view is handy not only for presentations.Word Processing for Publishers Series . such as this one.Getting Started with Scribd iPaper and PDF formats maintain your original layout and formatting. Scroll and Slideshow. The General tab offers fields to include information describing your publication. you should be editing your document’s data page. The description is displayed throughout the site and category and tags are used by search engines to index it. downloads. It will take you to the document’s data page where you can add information to describe your document and set parameters for display. The scroll option provides a view similar to your word processing application. The book view offers facing pages similar to a printed book. While the conversion is processing. privacy and copyright.

just select the version and click on the Save button. In my case. the reader. I make the necessary changes then upload a revision.Getting Started with Scribd The Revisions tab tracks the history of any revisions you make to your publication. When you need to add a revision. Permissions & Licenses. If you would like to learn more about 10 . The document’s read count. The license options range from public domain through the various Creative Commons licenses to traditional copyright. is where you assign the privacy level for your document and assign the license to be used for it. updates to software or sites may make it necessary to revise an existing guide. You. you can use the revisions feature to manage content changes too. The last tab. visit this tab and click on the Publish a new revision of this document link to start the revision wizard. To return to a previous version of your publication. can see in the comments area on the document page that I’ve revised the document. rating and comments are not effected by any revisions.Word Processing for Publishers Series . I can also revert back to a previous version at any time. In addition to making corrections.

you’ll find your stats showing how many documents you’ve published. On this tab I can also choose if I will allow downloads (and which formats I will offer). A simple menu across the top of the page leads to your documents. you’ll find details on each license level at their site. reading list and today’s featured content. subscribers and messages. You are now published. In the top left corner.Getting Started with Scribd Creative Commons licenses. printing and copy/pasting text from my document.Word Processing for Publishers Series . Here you’ll find the latest news and documents from the people you subscribe to as well as your groups. Don’t forget to save your settings before leaving this page. Comments open a conversation between you and your readers and I highly recommend including that option on your documents. comments. number of 11 . Managing Y Documents our Your Scribd home page is now the center of your activity on Scribd.

The gray bar across the top of the screen displays your avatar followed by a menu to all your Scribd stuff. Below that is your reading list. as well as comments (called “scribbles”) they’ve posted. In the left column. below the stats area. This list appears at the top of the right column and can lead to some very interesting reading. The center column displays the news feed of newly published documents from people you subscribe to. It’s a great way to learn about new publications and keep up with publishers you find interesting. you’ll see if there’s anything in your Scribd Inbox to review.Word Processing for Publishers Series . but also in the left column is a list of any groups you have joined with links to the group page. A simple line graph shows your recent reading activity and a link takes you to more detailed stats. Below that is a display of your subscribers and those you subscribe to. You can save publications for later reference by adding them to your reading list. The folks at Scribd are constantly looking for newly published works they find interesting and will feature several each day.Getting Started with Scribd subscribers and total reads for all your documents. Not shown here. 12 .

organize my documents into folders. Just below the tabs is an Action menu which will perform the selected action on any selected (using each pub’s checkbox) documents. make any necessary changes to the publication’s description and tags. I would come here to edit that publication. then save the changes. From here I can edit a document’s data page.Getting Started with Scribd Your My Documents page is just that. but publications you’ve purchased from other Scribd publishers and your reading list. but also genealogical content related to my personal research. Tabs across the top of the page organize them by type. Organizing publications into folders is a very useful tool. In my case. Here you’ll find not only your publications. privacy status. then from the document’s data page. change their privacy status or delete them.Word Processing for Publishers Series . I would upload the revision. not only am I publishing Family Matters guides. The All Documents list displayed here shows all my current publications along with published date. current read count and an Edit link. Should I need to update a published document. By clicking Edit I can return to the edit page discussed above to upload revisions or make changes to any of the descriptive or display settings for that document. I use folders to quickly show 13 .

I can easily create new folders from this menu too. it will contain most 14 . they will receive 20% of the sale price. When you follow the link to the document page. reporting earnings and sending your payments. Adding documents to a folder is as easy as selecting the document(s) then choosing the folder from the Add to Folder item in the Action menu. Selling Y Work our Selling your publications on Scribd is easy. but Scribd handles all the tasks for displaying your book.Getting Started with Scribd which is which. For that. You will need to set up a seller account which requires more information about you to handle all the financial issues regarding payment. You are responsible for marketing your publications. collecting money. Sale documents appear in the news feed with a Buy ribbon across the upper right corner. You set the price for your work and upload it to your store. Read all the terms of the Scribd Store seller agreement very carefully and review the FAQs to be sure you understand all your rights and responsibilities before you sign up. taking and processing orders.Word Processing for Publishers Series .

etc. Thanks to the social features included in the platform. but has a large box in the upper right column showing the purchase price and a link to buy.Word Processing for Publishers Series . Then you will receive your payment.Getting Started with Scribd of the same features . .comments. Payments are made monthly. you also have a way to find and connect with new research cousins. Sellers will find a new tab added in their Account Settings area where they can keep track of their earnings.found on public documents. You can publish your works privately or publicly and make them available in a number of different formats. Spend some time exploring Scribd and see for yourself how useful it can be. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. your balance will be rolled over until you do. 15 . ratings. If you haven’t reached $100. but you must have at least a $100 balance to receive a payment. Scribd offers the family historian both an affordable option for publishing and a way to monetize your efforts if that’s your goal. Associations can take advantage of Scribd’s features to distribute newsletters and maintain document archives available to members or the general public.

visit http://creativecommons.0/ us/ or send a letter to Creative Commons. Getting Started with Scribd by Denise Barrett Olson This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3. We all win in this collaboration. California.0 United States License. For more information regarding this publication contact me at http://family. 94105.Getting Started with Scribd Resources Useful Scribd Publishers: • Project Gutenberg has a huge collection of public domain books available for reading online or downloading in various formats.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.Word Processing for Publishers Series . USA.us or by email at author@moultriecreek. Suite 300.us. To view a copy of this license. • Creative Commons offers many informative publications to support their licensing education efforts.moultriecreek. 171 Second Street. San Francisco. They upload a book and Scribd does the conversions for them. • Richard Morris maintains an archive of newsletters for the Redmond (WA) Historical Society. Both the newsletters and the archive are quite impressive. Electronic versions of these books are for sale at Scribd. 16 . • Moultrie Creek document collection. • Avondale-Waterview Historical Society (New Zealand) maintains a large collection of documents on Scribd. • Robert Dunford has published How to Use Technology to Strengthen Family Ties. • O’Reilly publishes a growing collection of technology books in electronic format.

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