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More Reading: Scribd Teams Up With MORE Magazine

We’re incredibly excited to announce that Scribd has been featured in the May edition of MORE magazine. Copies hit newsstands on April 22nd, so mark your calendars - there’s a surprise waiting inside for all you for bookworms out there.

The feature kicks off Scribd summer reading with four new collections curated by the editors of MORE: Biographies and Memoirs, Noteworthy Novels, Classics Worth Revisiting, Food for Thought. Who knows – you could find your new favorite book!

Biographies and Memoirs

Spanning from funny to sentimental, from glamorous to utterly relatable, this collection of bios and memoirs sure is full of character.

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Noteworthy Novels

If you’re in the mood for a story so engrossing you could practically make a flip-book of the pages, this is the collection for you.

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Classics Worth Revisiting

Whether you remember reading these classics in high school or you remember reading their Cliff’s Notes synopses, each of these novels is definitely worth a second (or first) read.

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Food for Thought

With all this reading, you’re bound to work up a healthy appetite this summer! Thank goodness this collection features More’s editor picks for yummy recipes and delightful food narratives.

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Four new collections! This should keep you busy for awhile…

Scribd Author Series Presents: Don George

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We’re excited to announce that on Tuesday, April 29, we will welcome Lonely Planet author and international travel writer sensation Don George to the Scribd Author Series! Don George is author of the “travel writers’ bible”, The Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing. This event will celebrate our partnership with Lonely Planet and our ever-expanding international reader base.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel the world and get paid to write about it? Or perhaps you just want to hear from someone who has seen it all? Join us for a talk on travel writing and seeing the world. Plus, you’ll get a free book and some wine.

Fans and members of the San Francisco reading and writing community are invited to join us for a free, intimate evening event with Don George. The event will include a talk from the author and a Q&A session, followed by a meet-and-greet and book signing with the legend himself. We’ll have refreshments and take-home goodies to hand out, including some Scribd subscriptions. We ask that anyone interested in attending RSVP here.

 

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Can’t be here in person? That’s okay! We will be sharing photos and video after the event. And if you do have any questions leading up to the event, just tweet it to us at @Scribd—make sure to include the hashtag #ScribdAuthors. We’ll be live-tweeting the event if you want to follow along, and videos of the Q&A will be available on YouTube afterwards.

You can start gearing up for the visit by reading The Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing and all of Lonely Planet’s other guidebooks on Scribd now. For being a new reader, we’ll even throw in our promo code for you for a few free months of reading.

See you soon!

Scribd Author Spotlight: Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut is amazing. His stories, his quotes, his alter-ego Kilgore Trout – no wonder he’s become one of the most beloved contemporary authors of our time! And, he also gives some pretty solid advice.

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Enter If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? The book is a compilation of sketches, words of wisdom, and the many, many commencement addresses he gave throughout his lifetime. In honor of the hardcover release on April 8th, we decided to dedicate a blog post to some of our favorite Vonnegut titles. So it goes.

“There is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects. What we love in our books are the depths of many marvelous moments seen all at one time.”
-Slaughterhouse Five

“There is love enough in this world for everybody, if people will just look.”
-Cat’s Cradle

“Most things in the world don’t work, aspirin do.”
-Mother Night

“New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.”
-Breakfast of Champions

“Only one English word adequately describes his transformation of the islands from worthless to priceless: magical.”
-Galapagos

Scribd Gets Funny: The Humor Collection

Today is April 1st, and you know what that means….it’s April Fools’ Day! We thought that this year, we’d save the pranking for our friends and family and make our readers laugh instead. So, here it is: the ultimate Humor collection. Whether you go for memoir, funny guide books, and short and sweets, we bet any book in this collection have you cracking up within the first few pages.

Passive Agressive Notes

Both entertaining and therapeutic, this collection of gripes and groans from the office to the kitchen will have you laughing out loud instantly. 

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The Bedwetter

Sarah Silverman is famous for being crude, outspoken, and just plain hilarious. But she wasn’t always this way…famous, that is. 

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Cyanide and Happiness

The sensational online comics of Cyanide and Happiness are now together for the first time in book form! They’re known to be tad offensive but then again, what good jokes aren’t?

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Little Pink Raincoat

If you’re the kind of person that lives for Sex and the City, shopping shenanigans, and romantic sexploits in general, give this collection of chuckle-worthy close-ups a chance. 

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If none of these books tickle your funny bone, don’t fret – we’ve got lots more humor headed your way right here. Happy April Fools’ Day!

A Travel Collection That Will Really Take You Places

Reading is, in itself, a form of travel. Any bookworm can agree – often a novel set in an distant land or about an exotic culture can transport you instantly into another world. Our new travel collection is a nod to that amazing feeling books can give us. We’ve coupled some of our favorite travel narratives and memoirs with Lonely Planet guidebooks to those very same places. Prepare to be inspired (to take a vacation).

CubaCuba Diaries: An American Housewife in Havana

In this diary, Isadora Tattlin takes readers on a vibrant, explicit, and often hilarious trip back to Cuba during the 1950′s from the perspective of a young American mother.

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GreeceGreece on My Wheels

In this enchanting exploration of motorcycle journeys, Edward Enfield will take readers on a mini-Odyssey of both mainland Greece and its famous islands.

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The Middle EastWalking the Bible

Walking the Bible is the story of one man’s personal quest to re-enact famous stories from the Bible. From crossing the Red Sea, to climbing Mount Sinai, Bruce Feiler’s entire journey is incredibly memorable.

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The Grand CanyonDown the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell’s 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon

Though the Grand Canyon is now known as one of this country’s greatest tourist attractions, there was a time when visiting the canyon was both dangerous and unknown. This is the story of that adventure.

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Feel like you’re ready to plan your next adventure now? Check out this collection of Lonely Planet’s Top Destinations for 2014.

Read Around the World: Scribd Announces Partnership with Lonely Planet

Calling all travelers! We’ve got some amazing news: Scribd is partnering with award-winning travel guide publisher Lonely Planet to offer subscribers unlimited access to hundreds of bestselling guidebooks. And, we’re making their guidebooks even more reader-friendly by adding bookmarking to our mobile and web features.

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To celebrate, we’re holding a week long contest on Pinterest asking: Where in the world would you love to curl up with a good book? To enter, just pin your idea of a perfect book nook, near or far. The first 30 entrants will get a free 3-month Scribd subscription, and one lucky bookworm will an iPad mini, a $500 airline voucher, and a year long subscription to Scribd!* Plus, we’ll share our favorite submissions on our “Read Around the World” Pinterest board.

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If you need some inspiration, look no further than our new travel collection, where Rachel Shukert show you around Europe, John Baxter will take you to Paris, and Colin Thubron lead you on a journey through Tibet. (And we’ve paired each travel narrative with the Lonely Planet guide to its setting!) Or, check out Lonely Planet’s top destinations for 2014.

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*For more information, visit our official contest page.

Inspired by Divergent: Young Adult Dystopian Literature

Last night at midnight, Divergent, the latest in the teenaged dystopias craze, hit theaters. The movie is based on a book by Veronica Roth, the first chapter in a post-apocalyptic action adventure trilogy. Stories like Divergent and The Hunger Games have wide, varied fan-bases – audiences ages 12 and up can’t seem to get enough of these dystopian sci-fi novels, despite their young-adult finish. Readers love ‘em, and we love ‘em. We even put together a reading list of other YA dystopian novels to check out this weekend…just in case you’re as addicted as we are.

Delirium

Set in an near-present Portland, Maine, Delirium follows the story of Lena, a girl who falls in love in a society where love is treated as a disease. Once you’re hooked, you’ll have plenty of reading material to keep you going – Lauren Oliver is something of a master at teenage alternate realities.

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The Selection

At first glance, Kiera Cass’s book may not seem all that dystopian; after all, the whole story is about competing for a Prince’s hand in marriage. Don’t be fooled – this book might have echoes of The Bachelor, but it’s definitely got an Ender’s Game vibe at times.

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Midnighter’s #1: The Secret Hour

The first in a Sci Fi trilogy that verges on fantasy, the Midnighter’s follows a group of teens in Oklahoma who unlock a mysterious world and secret powers during the night. If you want to know more about the world of darkness Scott Westerfield created…well, you’ll have to read the books.

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Under the Never Sky

This YA novel is so catchy is skyrocketed Veronica Rossi to bestseller status almost instantly.Fighting for survival? Check. Teen romance? Check. Major motion picture in the works? Check. And lucky you – the final installment just came out this winter.

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Do you love dystopian fiction but hate the sticky-sweet angst that goes along with YA? Not to worry- we’ve got you covered.

SciFi Writer Rudy Rucker to Speak at Next Scribd Author Series Event

Our next Scribd Author Series Event is almost here and we couldn’t be more excited! This month, we’ll be hosting contemporary science fiction master Rudy Rucker at our headquarters in San Francisco. The evening features a talk and reading by Rudy, an audience Q&A, and a book signing, plus lots of freebies (including free copies of his latest book, The Big Aha). 

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Regarded as one of the forerunners of Cyberpunk, Rudy Rucker won two Philip K. Dick Awards for his novels Software and Wetware, both of which can be as part of The Ware Tetrology. His latest novel, The Big Aha is a whimsical psychedelic depiction of the near future. The book debuted on Kickstarter and is now available on Scribd along with the rest of his Transreal Books titles (he owns his own publishing company!)

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We welcome Rudy’s fans and members of the Sn Francisco reading community to join us here on Thursday, March 27th at 5:30 pm for what’s sure to be an incredible evening. You can RSVP for the event here. Hope to see you soon!

Scribd Updates: App Features and Improvements

Hey Scribd readers – we’ve just updated our mobile app for iOS and Android devices!

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This update includes several new features along with a few important fixes. Some highlights are:

  • Text selection: copy, paste, save, or share any quote from a book.
  • Searching within a book for any word.
  • Brightness control from within the app.
  • Built in dictionary: define any word (iOS only).
  • Improved power save: your device will now enter sleep mode after 10 minutes of idle time.

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We’re constantly working to create the best reading experience possible. If you have any suggestions or feedback, we’d love to hear it – please comment below.

Scribd Gets Cooking with Rachael Ray

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Exciting news: this morning, Scribd was featured on an episode of the Rachael Ray Show!  We’re huge fans of Rachael’s, so in addition to the Scribd subscriptions that were given to members of the audience, we’re offering anyone who couldn’t make the filming a chance to get a 3-month Scribd subscription today. To redeem this special promotion, just click here.

What should you read once you join Scribd? If you love watching the Rachael Ray Show and trying out her latest recipes, we recommend you head straight to our new Food & Wine collection. The collection highlights a mix of food memoirs and narratives, as well as lots of delicious recipes and wine advice to explore. Some of our favorites include Try This (travel the world just by trying out new restaurants), Culinary Reactions (learn about the science behind some of the most basic recipes) and Wine on Tuesdays (think  everyday wine-buying suggestion book). Once you’re done reading up an appetite, check out a few of our Kitchen Companions before you get cooking.

Bon appetit!

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