Scribd for Family History

Scribd’s new subscription service has been a reading delight. Even if I never got past the cookbooks, it would be well-worth the $8.95/month fee. My latest discovery is The Food, Folklore and Art of Lowcountry Cooking which is not only full of great recipes for the dishes I grew up eating, but it also looks at the history behind them. The nice thing about this subscription service is that the books don’t have to be returned by a certain date. As long as I’m a subscriber, I have access to these books any time I want them. The cookbooks alone make this a great deal, but they are just one category in this huge collection of books. Yes, there are even genealogy books included in the subscription service – just not as many as I’d like.

One of the very nice things about reading books on Scribd is that for the most part you are reading the books as they were originally designed and laid out. Take a look at one of my Moultrie Creek Guides below. This guide was built using the Keynote presentation app and is designed to be read on a tablet. Even scrunched to fit the available space on this blog page, it’s still quite readable. On an iPad even the example images are very readable. Many of those examples are from actual family history projects and, combined with Scribd, my family can enjoy them online via a Scribd app or downloaded as a PDF and read on whatever device they prefer.

Anyone can set up a free account on Scribd and use it to post their own books and documents. Your publications can be freely available to all, privately available only to select users or included in the Scribd store to generate revenue. Did you notice the difference in the tools available in the toolbars on each of the examples above? My Moultrie Creek Guide offers tools to download and share the publication where the subscription service does not. That’s because I chose to make those features available when I posted the publication. Scribd has free reading apps for iOS and Android devices and has just released one for Kindle Fire tablets. Using these apps you have access to the subscription service as well as the free collections.

There are also a growing number of books and other publications on sale at Scribd. Anyone with their own original work can publish at Scribd. When you offer a book for sale at Scribd, you set the price and you take home 80% of that price with each sale. What makes Scribd even more attractive is that your publications can be full of photos and graphics – and created using the word-processing apps you already have.

For those who prefer to download a PDF version when available, the free Documents app for the iPad not only reads just about any kind of document file, but also has an amazing file management system that can hook into just about any cloud storage or online repository as well as download directly from a web site.

Scribd is a great platform for publishing family history projects, giving you the ability to include the images, charts and tables that are so difficult to include in most ebooks. Not only is it free to use, but you can also make publications available for sale through the Scribd Store. And, for your own reading pleasure, the Scribd Subscription service is hard to beat. Don’t you think it’s time to take a look at Scribd?

 

2 comments for “Scribd for Family History

  1. February 24, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I don’t know how I missed this post, Denise! But I’m so grateful for fans like you. Your blog is lovely, and I can’t believe I’m only now discovering it. Can’t wait to hear all the ways you’ve been able to further your research.
    To all of Denise’s readers: I’m head of community at Scribd, and always happy to answer any questions or offer help when I can.

    • February 25, 2014 at 4:29 am

      Carrie, thanks for the kind words. As you can see, I’m a big Scribd fan and have been for some time. It’s a great digital storytelling platform for family history.

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