Thursday, January 03, 2008


*Note 9/3/10: Since instituted an access fee scam to charge people for downloading e-books, including those I have provided for free for the last ten years, I have removed my free library from their site, and no longer use or recommend using their service. My free reads may be read online or downloaded for free from Google Docs; go to my freebies and free reads page for the links. See my post about this scam here.

One of my goals for January is to copy all of my online e-books over to This puts them all in one place versus scattered over six different FTP accounts, makes them available to interested Scribd readers, and creates a kind of virtual story vault for these, future and even some private work.

This is my Scribd account page, and there are a couple of things I like about it. I can flag stories with graphic content as adult, which I think is important when you store it at a public site like this. You see the cover art (as long as it's the first page of the document) next to the title and description, and you can categorize and tag your work as you see fit. Three more nice perks are that you can upload a profile pic, a link to your blog or web site, and do that "friend" thing with other Scribd users.

I am having some problems with directly uploading, as Scribd and my computer don't seem to like each other much (Scribd can't seem to convert anything I upload from my hard drive successfully.) Happily, there's an option to "slurp" (Scribd's term, not mine) the stories from the online URLs where they're presently parked, and that's worked fine.

If this works out, this will be where all my free stories go in the future. Have any of you guys got Scribd accounts? If you've got a minute, give us a link in comments, and tell us how you like the service.


  1. It's so easy to scatter things as they are written. Then all of a sudden, you find you need organization. Thanks for the links to ScribD. It looks like a good deal.

  2. That looks really interesting. I'll have to look into that.

  3. I have an account now. :-)

    I think I'm really going to like this. Thanks for sharing this find!

  4. Anonymous8:10 PM

    I signed up too. It had problems reading from my url but didn't mind my computer, so I finally got a few docs up. Great idea, PBW! Thanks for passing it along.

  5. Anonymous9:37 PM

    I've got one -

    Scribd is OK, I used it last year, but like you had problems uploading. Thanks for reminding me it exists. :-)

    They've now got folders, which is great.



    PS - Happy New Year. All best wishes to everyone for 2008. :-)

  6. Anonymous11:17 AM

    Here's my account:

    I've had a little trouble getting things to convert, but most of them do fine. I think this definitely has possibilities.



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