With over one million titles, a privately owned company Scribd is ahead of everyone in serving as a digital library. It offers services in social reading and publishing platform since past 11 years and recently got ranked on 222 by Alexa. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, California.
About its start
Initially, Scribd started its journey as a website to share documents based on the experience and inspiration of Trip who was on the way to publish academic paper in medical research at that time. It was co-founded by Trip Adler, Jared Friedman and Tikhon Bernstam in March, 2007 to make easy process to create and share content online with the initial funding of $120,000.
The working of the site was simple as it used to convert the readers documents in PDFs, word and Powerpoints to web documents which can be easily shared online. They further planned to introduce Scribd store in 2009 that is now well working to enable writers to sell their digital copies plus some e-books after partnering with Simon & Schuster. Some of the best
publications among its 60 million documents include California Proposition 8 ruling and HP’s lawsuit against Mark Hurd’s move to Oracle.
What they offer in services?
They are on a mission to change the way the world reads and to do this they have launched a plan in 2013 for unlimited access to e-books on their site under a subscription process on monthly basis. In 2014, they incorporated audio books turning out to be the most robust and valuable subscription service for readers and in 2015 they went beyond by introducing Sheet music which offers the digital access to compositions of the world’s top composers.
Recently, in the past year they decided to introduce articles on their site from trusted sources like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times and many more in their subscription plan to encourage readers to work on diverse topics.
What’s their status?
Now as a unique brand in reading they have almost 100,000,000+ unique visitors a month with 700,000+ subscribers that have access to three books a month from 1,000 publishers. Their services is accessible on Android, iOS, smartphones, tablets and Kindle fire, Nook and personal computers thus giving users 150 million hours of reading.