We all love the feeling you get browsing a neighborhood bookstore: the beautifully arranged front table, the handpicked staff recommendations, the special interest shelves that introduce you to writers and books you’d never have found otherwise. We wanted to bring some of that joy and serendipity to Scribd, so for the last four months, we’ve been reimagining and redesigning how our subscribers discover books. Today, we’re excited to announce that our all-new browse experience is live on web.
One of the first things you’ll notice is a completely redesigned category system. We’ve rebuilt categories from the top-down so that you can browse at a high level (think Fiction & Literature or History) or dive deep down to the most specialized niche (like say, Space Operas or Biographies of Outlaws).
But building a well-organized browsing experience was the first step. We’ve also been hard at work creating editorial collections of some of our favorite books on Scribd. While you’re browsing, you might run into Secret History, a collection of true stories about spies, codebreakers, and top-secret projects, or Behind the Scenes, which explores the offscreen drama behind some of our favorite movies and TV shows. Sometimes we’ve also brought in experts to offer their favorite picks as well, from bestselling romance author Maya Rodale to New York Times reporter Juliet Macur.
You’ll find Scribd Selects on every category page, pointing you to some of our favorite books in the category. If you’re not sure which category to start browsing, the Scribd Selects page contains some of our favorite collections and books, complete with personal notes about what makes these books dear to our hearts, and why we think you might love them, too. Or, head over to Top Books, where you’ll find bestsellers, award-winners, and books trending on Scribd.
This is just the beginning. We’re constantly working to make Scribd the best way to discover and read the books you’ll love. In the next few weeks we’ll be rolling out the new browsing experience on mobile as well, along with some other exciting stuff that we can’t wait to tell you about.