Personal Publishing – Scribd

The family stories I want to tell are full of pictures and charts and other types of graphics. While I can include them in books formatted for Kindle and other e-reading devices, I don’t have the control I want for page layout. It’s even worse for the Digital Storytelling and tech guides I want to write. I keep falling back to Scribd as my publishing platform for fixed layout publications and Scribd keeps improving – both its tools to help me publish and share my work and its apps to make the reading experience even more enjoyable.

With Scribd, you create your publication with tools you already have and know how to use. Scribd can upload Word and PowerPoint files, but for best results you should first convert your document to PDF to insure formatting and fonts will remain as you designed them.

It costs you nothing to build a document library on Scribd. You can even take advantage of Scribd’s store to sell your publications and/or offer them as part of Scribd’s Premium Reader Service and receive a royalty when subscribers read your works. An agreement with the Harper Collins publishing house has made this subscription service even more attractive to readers which could help attract family to your content too.

Scribd is a very social platform supporting comments, sharing and even embedding options – similar to embedding a YouTube video – so you can even display your publications on your blog.

Are you concerned about the longevity of the content you publish here? I cannot predict the future, but I can tell you what Scribd has done in the past. The Scribd platform was originally designed using Adobe’s Flash technology to display the books and documents it manages. When Apple refused to support Flash on its new iPads, Scribd rebuilt the platform to use HTML5 instead. And, they converted all the content already posted here to the new format. This was a very smart move as HTML5 is gaining traction as THE platform for digital publishing.

Online data libraries like Scribd (for documents), Flickr  and Instagram (for photos) generate their revenue because of the content their users post there. They have a vested interest in not only protecting your content, but also taking advantage of the latest technology. Yes, there are blips and glitches in their systems, but they invest much more time, money and effort in taking care of their collections that any of us every could with ours. Don’t make them the only place you store your precious stories, photos, videos and such, but do take advantage of them as an alternate storage option as well as a method for presenting your content.

The photo gallery below offers a look at the Scribd platform. Click on any thumbnail images to view it full size. If you pay a visit to the Scribd site, make sure you stop by the Moultrie Creek page.

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