Yeah,you have all heard it correct, Scribd.com is a YouTube of documents. This site allows you to publish your own documents and as well as read the documents uploaded by others, for free. The Company reps claims that the collection of words on Scribd is about 5 billion which is much more than that of Wikipedia consisting of a collection of 2 billion words.
The company has also introduced an API that will make it easy for others
publishers to plug Scribd into their systems. The site also has a mobile
version-: http://www.scribd.com/mobile .The site uploads your documents in Flash
format to increase its readability and make it more user-friendly.
Though the concept resembles familiarity with that of blogging as you upload your writings,
it is not at all like that. The site allows you to upload your richly formatted
texts, so all your font style and graphics are preserved you intended them to
have. It keeps a record of all the visitors of your document regarding their
geographic locations, their likes, comments and how they came to know about
your document. It facilitates unlimited storage, so you can upload as much
content as you want. Also ’Private’ sharing enables documents to be
shared with only a certain number of friends or keeping them private.
All your uploaded resources will be copyrighted by Scribd and you are going to earn also when someone orders a printed copy of your document. Also Scribd’s ability to embed Google text ads inside the documents being viewed makes non web-pages suddenly monetizable. The advertising revenues are split between the publisher and Scribd.
It provides you the facility to download the content uploaded by other users
without any pricing. Just a click and downloading starts. It also allows you to
see a preview of the e-book or the document prior to downloading.
Since the site is based on user-generated content, most of the time you will
encounter documents that are not what you are looking for but once in a while
you will find the document that will be of your interest. You need to have a little
lucky while searching for documents .Since the documents are uploaded in
Scribd Flash format, the queues for converting your document into flash format
are sometimes long and time consuming.