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Scribd Engagement More than Doubles with HTML5, Company Transitions Tens of Millions of Documents Into Billions of Web Pages
Forbes Media, Liquid Comics, Workman Publishing and Publishers Weekly Among New Content Partners to Embrace HTML5, New Revenue Opportunities SAN FRANCISCO – May 25, 2010 – Scribd, the world's largest social publishing and reading site, today announced the full-scale launch and availability of its free and DRMfree library of written content -- including tens of millions of books, magazines, newspapers, presentations, research and more -- from Flash to HTML5, the popular new web development language. The move allows people to consume any written work with just a web browser, providing a vastly superior reading experience on any device. It also presents new revenue opportunities for publishers. To commemorate the milestone and as part of a longer-term content partnership, Forbes Media will make available its "Vintage Warren: The Best of Forbes on Buffett" special issue free to Scribd readers first; Liquid Comics, with titles from Guy Ritchie and Deepak Chopra, among others, will offer hundreds of graphic novels and comics on Scribd; Workman Publishing will offer the complete job hunter's bible "Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview" and other full-length titles; and Publishers Weekly will share special issues and reports, starting immediately with its PW Show Daily at BookExpo America (BEA). The brands join tens of thousands of other publishers, media companies, corporations and organizations that are already sharing free and forpurchase content on the site. "Publishers benefit from HTML5 tremendously," said Jared Friedman, co-founder and CTO of Scribd. "The distribution of their content across the social web and mobile platforms becomes virtually automatic -- no technology barriers between them and their readers, no need to build native mobile apps, an ability to easily insert multi-media or advertising into their content. The possibilities are endless." "Our mission has always been to ensure that the Forbes brand of journalism is available to all readers across all platforms," said Bruce Upbin, managing editor, Forbes Media. "Scribd's adoption of HTML5 gives us a great new way to reach more people on the Web and mobile devices."

Turning Any Document Into a Magazine During the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York City today, Friedman demonstrated what in-line, branded advertising could look like rendered in HTML5. Scribd plans to launch an ad revenue-sharing program for select content partners this summer. "The future of comic books is digital and partners like Scribd enable us to potentially reach millions of new readers," said Sharad Devarajan, CEO and co-founder of Liquid Comics (formerly known as Virgin Comics), whose graphic novels on Scribd will include Guy Richie's GameKeeper and Deepak Chopra's Beyond. "That's why we're giving a number of our comics away for free. Not only does HTML5 on Scribd make the books look amazing, it also allows us to insert innovative video ads between pages. We're very excited about the partnership." "We're happy provide special issues of Publishers Weekly and other content for Scribd readers," said George W. Slowik, Jr., president of PWxyz, LLC. "We anticipate that Scribd's efficient delivery system and enormous audience will deliver a much greater impact for our publishing clients." About Scribd in HTML5 Any MS Office, Google Doc, PDF, ePub or nearly any other document format uploaded to Scribd is now converted into an HTML5 web document and displayed in its original layout, making it enjoyable and easy to read on any PC, laptop, netbook, e-reader or smartphone. Fonts, graphics, typography and rich media render on any device the way the publisher originally intended. Scribd plans to transition the rest of its library -- including millions of embedded, DRMenabled and for-purchase documents -- to HTML5 over the next few weeks and months. For more information about Scribd and HTML5, please visit www.scribd.com/html5. Information about the new Scribd partner package will be available soon.
About Scribd Scribd is the largest social publishing and reading site in the world with more than 50 million readers each month. We've made it incredibly simple for anyone to share and discover informative, entertaining and original written content on the web and mobile devices. Our vision is to liberate the written word, to connect people and organizations with the information and ideas that matter most to them. Our innovative HTML5 document reader technology has lowered the barriers to publishing by enabling anyone to easily upload and share their work in any file format, including MS Office, Google Doc, PDF and EPUB. Scribd is a venture-backed company based in San Francisco. For more information, please visit http://www.scribd.com.