By Meghan Goodrich
June 19, 10:20 AM
In recent press releases, Scribd has been called the YouTube of e-books. Scribd, short for “scribbled", offers millions of publications in 90 different languages. The site boasts 60 million readers each month. Users can purchase full copies of e-books, browse lengthy book previews, download games, and read magazines.
In the wake of a recent deal with Simon and Schuster, Scribd is bound to rise in popularity. Famous modern authors like Dan Brown and Stephen King are now broadcasted on the Scribd homepage. The publishing giant offers approximately 5,000 e-books for sale on the site in addition to previews of other titles. "Scribd is an exciting new platform," says Elinor Hirschhorn, Simon & Schuster's chief digital officer. "There is a very robust book reader audience there, and we want to be where our readers are." Only time will tell if Scribd will attract more deals with publishing houses. Read Full Article Here.
Most of you know I have been on the fence about e-book publishing. When I decided to make my titles available via Kindle, it seemed like a logical choice considering the current climate and the upsurge in e-book readership. Yes, piracy concerns me, as it did the music industry with the advent of Napster. There will always be people out there who want to buck the system and bootleg whatever they can get their hands on, but I would like to believe that there are more of us upstanding citizens who understand writing, making music, painting ... well, that anything artistic really is work -- work which often includes hardship and suffering -- and the artist should get paid. I am more than happy to pay for a meal when I go out to a fancy restaurant. That isn't often, but when I like a chef, I will pay whatever the price for a good meal. Craftsmanship and Art should be honored. I pay for my museum membership. Anyway, if I want readership, I can't live in a state of paranoia based on a few bad apples. Apparently Simon and Schuster's authors don't.
So, I am slowly making my work available not only through Kindle but also on Scribd and for the same Kindle price. Why Scribd? Well, it boiled down to ease of use. I could upload my already nicely formatted print PDF. No hassle, no major reformatting like one has to do with Kindle or some of the other reading devices. When a customer buys the PDF they get it exactly how it would look if they bought the print copy. All I had to do was replace page one with my cover picture. Now, this isn't an endorsement of one e-book retailer or another. I am dying to see what Google comes up with as presence is the buzz-word here.
For now, The Kissing Room and The Thin Wall are available via Amazon in print and Kindle and they are also available via Scribd at the link below. Overall my experience has been positive thus far.