Scribd subscriber for about six months now, and I love the service. Think Netflix for ebooks, and you've got the basic idea. Pay $8.99 a month and read as much as you'd like. It's only available on tablets for now (bummer since I just bought a Kindle Paperwhite), but the app is on iOS, Google Play and Kindle Fire. Here's the link for all versions of the app.
If you read TeleRead, you already know how much I love Scribd. I like them better than Oyster, a similar service, because of price (Oyster is $9.95 a month) and app availability (Oyster is iOS only). Because I do lots of my reading on 7" Android tablets instead of my full-size iPad, I appreciate the multiple platforms. If you want to read more about them, just click on the TeleRead link above. It takes you to all the articles we've written recently about the service.
But enough about them. This post is more about me. When I first learned about Scribd, I wanted to have my books in the service. What's not to like? Readers can try them risk-free. If they don't like them (hopefully not, but possible), they just move on to the next book. Authors get paid as long as readers read most of the book, so it's a win-win for everyone.
Smashwords, my ebook distributor, signed a deal with Oyster last year, and that made me hope Scribd was coming. I'd been looking at two different distributor options, and I finally selected Smashwords because of the Oyster deal. Soon after I'd uploaded my books, they announced the deal with Scribd, and I celebrated. My Warlock Case Files books went live in the service yesterday. It's so cool to see my own books in a subscription service.
So, how do you find my books? Well, Scribd's search algorithm leaves something to be desired. Searching for my books by title doesn't bring them up. However, you can always go to my author page and add them to your library.
There's a 30-day free trial for new subscribers, so you don't have much to lose by giving them a try. I read 6-8 books in Scribd a month, so it's been worth the money for me. Let me know if you sign up and read my books!