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Scribd Features

Scribd has a lot of features. Most of them are pretty apparent, but we want
to point out a few that you might have overlooked:

• Our embeddable PDF player. Scribd documents can easily be


embedded in other webpages, such as your blog or Myspace profile.
Just copy and paste the embed code on the right side of each
document.
• High quality conversions. We convert among a variety of different
formats really well, and you are welcome to use our services to
convert your docs.
• Audio downloads. We have a very high quality text-to-speech
converter and the play button icon below “download as” let’s you
download the audio version as an mp3. This means you can use
Scribd to convert a book to a format you can listen to on your iPod.
• Related documents. Also in that right bar is a list of related
documents that we determine using fancy text similarity algorithms.
This list is a fun way to browse Scribd, and you can also find people
who have published documents similar to your own.
• Traffic analytics. This is definitely one of the most popular features
on Scribd and people seem to spend hours playing with it. There are a
lot of different things you can do, so be sure to sample them all.
• Text statistics. This is a very cool feature that often gets overlooked.
Below the traffic analytics, you can see things like how big the words
are that you use.
• Print(fu). If you order a printed copy of someone’s work, the author
gets emailed a dollar! Support the author AND get very high quality
printings.
• Favorites. This link at the bottom of every document lets you save a
document in your “favorites” so you can come back and find it later.
It is also a good way to tell the author you like his work and to notify
your friends that you favorited something. This feature is very useful
and we recommend you give it a try.

We have an endless list of features we want to add. We will mention just


three of them for now:
• Recommendations. We hope to use artificial intelligence to
recommend documents to you based on what you like. So if you’re a
poetry person, we can select for you the highest quality poems to read.
If you like funny political jokes, we’ll direct you right to what you are
looking for.
• Bulk uploads. This feature should be out very soon. This will allow
you to upload a bunch of files at once. So if you have hundreds of
Word and PDF files sitting on your computer that no one has seen in a
while, you can upload them in a few minutes and share them with the
world.
• Groups. This will allow you to publish and discuss in smaller groups
with people you know or have similar interests. Scribd already has a
pretty big community and it’s about time that we make it a bit more
manageable.

That’s all we’re going to say about features for now. If you have any
questions about this or suggestions for features, please get in touch using
feedback@scribd.com or just email Trip at tripadler@post.harvard.edu.