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Scribd Gets A Makeover

Social publishing site Scribd has been revamped and the iPhone app have been updated as well. The idea behind the redesign is to make it easier for new users to navigate while at the same time making it more engaging to long-time users.

TechCrunch explains the update: “The website was previously dominated by your social feed, showing you the documents uploaded and read by other users that you’re following. Now the social feed has been pushed off to the side, and in its place there’s a feed of ‘featured’ content, which has been hand-picked by Scribd.”

The latest iPhone update includes the ability to bookmark documents for reading when offline. The update should hit the company’s Android app soon.

(Via @TechCrunch).

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Book Promotion Advice for the Digital Age

ebooksummit23.jpgWhat can writers do to promote their work in the digital age? Rob Macdonald from Scribd, Scott Weisenthal from Off the Bookshelf, Nina Lassam from Wattpad, and Debbie Stier shared their thoughts during a book promotion panel at our eBook Summit last week.

Lassam shared the example of novelist Diana Ilinca. The author will publish Zirconya: The Sage of Aluh’Nehn in June, but Ilinca developed a side story from the novel on Wattpad. After interacting with her readers every week, Ilinca built a fan base for her upcoming novel.

Stier suggested that people pay more attention to mobile devices. She highlighted Foursquare’s use of coupons and how food trucks use Twitter to announce their locations. Stier predicted that writers, especially those in nonfiction, can capitalize on similar techniques.

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Gotham Chopra & Scribd Launch Community eBook

btn_logo_red_122x44.gifThe online writing site Scribd’s has teamed up with author Gotham Chopra to produce the site’s first “community eBook.”

After reading Chopra’s Walking Wisdom, readers can submit their own dog stories to a special eBook edition of the book. The new edition has already been read 4,500 times. Follow this link to contribute your story, and we’ve embedded a graphic with directions below.

Here’s more from Chopra about the project: “One of the best parts of writing my latest book Walking Wisdom was reflecting on some of my fondest memories with my dogs, my infant son, and my father. Early on, to trigger some of my own recollections, I started seeking stories and anecdotes from people online. Almost from the moment I tweeted the solicit, I was getting bombarded with responses. It was fantastic and exciting. People had stories, both triumphant and tragic, and pictures, goofy and cuddly that they wanted to share. But there was a problem. I hadn’t quite thought through my plan. When people asked where they could send their stories, pictures, poems, and press clippings (yes – there seemed to be a lot of local news stories about heroic dogs!), I didn’t have an answer. I had nowhere to direct them … [Now] there’s an actual plan in place and a platform to welcome you to.”

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