Have you heard of Scribd? It offers a monthly subscription service for book consumers that is available via all major mobile devices and tablets — think Netflix for e-pubs … but it’s more than that. For $8.99/month, you get access to to what they bill as “the world’s largest digital library.” On Scribd, you can find books, recipes, presentations, speeches, and more, uploaded by writers and publishers alike.
Scribd is taking the self-publishing world by storm as it allows you to upload excerpts or complete books (even in Word format) for distribution. It’s such a diverse, easy-to-use service that some authors are choosing to abandon services like Kindle Direct Publishing and upload their books to Scribd.
It’s not just ease of use that is appealing to writers. Royalties for paid content are much higher than other publishing services (currently, Scribd publishers receive 80%, in fact). It’s also an excellent platform for e-publishing because Scribd publications are available on all major tablets and mobile devices quickly and easily, expanding your potential audience and increasing your potential income.
Even if you don’t want to upload your entire book (for free or purchase), you can upload excerpts and, using the tagging function, find prospective readers who are interested in your work. You can also receive instant feedback from your Scribd readers, allowing you to shape your manuscript before publication.
Further, Scribd publications are optimized for search engine success. Upon upload, all documents are all automatically indexed via Google. Your book will get the benefit of full integration with the most popular search engine in the world, which can lead to increased readership (and, hopefully, increased profits!).
It’s also more flexible than many self-publishing platforms when it comes to pricing and analytics. You can instantly and easily change your pricing, preview text, and download options while also monitoring your sales. Track each price adjustment, download, and more to optimize your sales without lowest price guarantee restrictions that you get from Kindle Direct Publishing.
Even authors who don’t self-publish directly with Scribd benefit from its author-friendly terms. In December, Scribd and Smashwords inked a new deal that makes a huge chunk of Smashwords’ catalog available via Scribd with generous 60% royalties.
In the end, Scribd is unlikely to be a magic recipe for your self-publishing breakthrough. Like all self-publishing avenues, it requires work, dedication, and a little luck. However, if you have the time and dedication to use all of Scribd’s promotional tools for a book that you believe will appeal to masses of people, it could just be your path to self-publishing success.