The New Digital Book Marketplace at Scribd

The ground under­neath tra­di­tion­al pub­lish­ing has shift­ed once again. Scribd, the “YouTube of doc­u­ments,” has opened up a new store where authors can upload and sell their books. And here’s the clinch­er. You don’t need a cost­ly gad­get (like the Kin­dle) to read these dig­i­tal books. Any com­put­er with an inter­net con­nec­tion will do. And appar­ent­ly, you can use smart phones as well.

As not­ed in the LA Times, Kem­ble Scott, a best­selling author from San Fran­cis­co, has pub­lished his sec­ond book — The Sow­er — on Scribd, and it goes for $2 per copy. Of that, Scott will get to keep $1.60, which beats the cut he received for his first tra­di­tion­al­ly-pub­lished book. You can watch a video intro­duc­ing the new dig­i­tal book mar­ket­place above. You can also read more about it in The New York Times. If you have some thoughts about Scrib­d’s new move, let us know in the com­ments below.

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  • Carol A says:

    I think it will be good even­tu­al­ly, although at the moment it’s a bit patchy. A very mixed bag, some of it not very good. Could I sug­gest some bet­ter descrip­tions and maybe some “edi­to­r­i­al” on the tags — when you find seri­ous philo­soph­i­cal books along­side rather dubi­ous self help books it gives the site a tacky feel. Maybe I am just being picky, but I would like to see this site suc­ceed.

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