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Scribd Redesigns Browser For eBook Subscription Service

scribdappeBook subscription service Scribd has redesigned its browser experience. The goal is to make shopping around for books to read more akin to the physical world than the digital world. For example, the new browser features niche shelves, guest curated collections and personalized staff picks, as a physical bookstore would have.

The Scribd library has more than 500,000 titles available to subscribers who pay $8.99 a month. The new browser lets readers search for titles based on keywords including “Arthurian Legends,” “Private Eye Mysteries Set In LA,” or “Nordic Noir” rather than simply fiction & literature or nonfiction.

The idea is to make it feel like you are talking to someone in a bookstore who might give a more personalized recommendation. “Our goal with the new browse experience was to retain the same human touch that we have come to love about personal recommendations from a trusted friend, but use the power of technology to extend it to our catalog of over 500,000 books,” explained Jared Friedman, co-founder and CTO of Scribd, in a statement.

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Scribd Transitions to HTML5

btn_logo_red_122x44.gifYesterday Scribd announced their full-scale transition from Flash to HTML5. This new programming language will make Scribd content available across a larger swath of mobile devices, especially the iPhone and iPad.

Scribd co-founder Jared Friedman had this statement: “Publishers benefit from HTML5 tremendously … The distribution of their content across the social web and mobile platforms becomes virtually automatic — no technology barriers between them and their readers, no need to build native mobile apps, an ability to easily insert multi-media or advertising into their content. The possibilities are endless.”

With the update, you can now read the April edition of GalleyCat Reviews on your iPhone while shopping for books or browse through the Best Book Reviewers on Twitter list while tweeting on your iPad.

See our complete Scribd page here.

Do We Need Three Million Books a Year?

According to JaredFriedman23.jpgScribd CTO Jared Friedman (pictured), the solution to a healthier publishing industry is simple: increase the amount of books available from 300,000 to 3 million.

Over at our sibling blog BayNewser interviewed Friedman, getting his unconventional thoughts about the future of publishing. Scribd has been nicknamed YouTube for books, an online repository of millions of texts–one of the companies included in mediabistro.com’s eBook Summit. The interview covered everything from Harry Potter to e-readers.

What do you think? Here’s an excerpt: “Our thesis is that the limiting factor in the number of books that are published per year is not the amount of content that people are able to write and it’s not the amount of content that people are able to read. Rather it’s a structural limitation of the publishing industry itself…. We think that if we can cast off the artificial limitations that are imposed by the way the economics of the publishing industry currently work, we could potentially dramatically increase the amount of work that is published.”