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Scribd and ProQuest Partnership Creates On-Demand Access to Academic Works
Thousands of Graduate Theses, Dissertations Added to Scribd's Growing Library of Academic and Research Content

SAN FRANCISCO – November 16, 2009 – Scribd, the world's largest social publishing company, and ProQuest, the world’s largest publisher of academic dissertations and theses, today announced an agreement to make selected graduate dissertations and theses available for purchase on Scribd ( The agreement will provide Scribd readers access to tens of thousands of original research and papers from leading academic institutions. Scribd is already popular among millions of students, teachers and researchers, who share and discover original content -- both free and for purchase -- every single day. "Academic research is one of the fastest growing content categories on Scribd," said Trip Adler, CEO and co-founder of Scribd. "With ProQuest, we have the opportunity to offer our readers the most comprehensive collection of academic research available. We're thrilled to partner with a company whose goal, like ours, is the dissemination and discussion of new ideas." ProQuest UMI has over 2 million doctoral dissertations and master's theses in its library with more than 700 active university partners and over 70,000 new graduate works published each year. “Dissertations and theses have long showcased essential research and burgeoning literary talent,” said Austin McLean, director of dissertation publishing for ProQuest. “We're excited to add this partnership with Scribd to our existing outreach toward the vast audience of consumer information seekers who would benefit from using ProQuest dissertations.” Research organizations already publishing on Scribd include the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Harvard University Press, Institute for Public Policy Research (UK), The MIT Press, World Bank and World Economic Forum. -more-

2-2-2 About Scribd, Inc. Scribd is the world’s largest social publishing company. Our goal is to make written works available for people to read and interact with, any time and on any device. Scribd is changing the way people discover, share and sell original writings and documents. Our innovative document reader technology enables anyone to easily upload their files -- including PDF, Word, PowerPoint and other document types -- and share on or embed on thousands of other websites. Scribd is a venture-backed company based in San Francisco. For more information, please visit About ProQuest ProQuest creates specialized information resources and technologies that propel successful research, discovery, and lifelong learning. A global leader in serving libraries of all types, ProQuest offers the expertise of such respected brands as Chadwyck-Healey™, UMI®, SIRS®, and eLibrary®. With Serials Solutions®, Ulrich's™, RefWorks®, COS™, Dialog® and now Bowker® part of the ProQuest brand family, the company supports the breadth of the information community with innovative discovery solutions that power the business of books and the best in research experience. More than a content provider or aggregator, ProQuest is an information partner, creating indispensable research solutions that connect people and information. Through innovative, user-centered discovery technology, ProQuest offers billions of pages of global content that includes historical newspapers, dissertations, and uniquely relevant resources for researchers of any age and sophistication— including content not likely to be digitized by others. Inspired by its customers and their end users, ProQuest is working toward a future that blends information accessibility with community to further enhance learning and encourage lifelong enrichment. For more information, visit or the ProQuest parent company website,