Category Archives: How-To

Introducing: My Content

Yesterday evening we told you about the introduction of our new Profile pages. Today, we want to walk you through ‘My Content” which provides publishers and users a place to manage all of their published documents, collections, readcasts, and saved documents. Previously, this page was known as ‘My Shelf’ which we have deprecated to simplify how users access their content and remove redundant navigation.

To access your ‘My Content’ and start interacting with your publications, simply click on the following link after you are authenticated on Scribd.

My Content is the nucleus of all the collections and documents a user has published, purchased, saved, and readcast across our community. Within each type of content listing, users can further edit, delete, feature, and save publications.

The 'My Content' layout includes easily navigable menus that contain your documents and publications.

The ‘My Content’ layout includes easily navigable menus that contain your documents and publications.

There are built-in controls to create, edit and manage your documents. Content can be sorted by a variety of variables such as date published, title or number of reads.

Controls allow you to edit, save, add to collection, make private, feature and delete your content.

Controls allow you to edit, save, add to collection, make private, feature and delete your content.

We have also surfaced some actions previously visible under ‘Edit Document’ and ‘Collection,’ such as privacy settings that allow you to make any of your content public or private, which can be locked from My Content.

As a note, premium publishers profiles currently support ‘My Content.’

Start exploring, featuring and displaying your content! As always, let us know what you think of these updates and stay tuned to our blog and social media channels for further updates.

Scribd’s New Profile Pages

Today we released a new version of Profile pages on Scribd. The new design is a result of strategic thinking about how to best allow publishers and readers alike to highlight specific content.

Spotlight on Content

We have introduced multiple content modules where members can surface documents and collections they would like people to see first. Before, when people clicked on a profile, they saw the profile owner’s timeline-driven activity feed. For example, if you published or read a document — that story would appear there when the action occurred. Our publishers and readers never really had any ability to tinker or adjust this page. Until now.

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Scribd’s new Profiles have a variety of modules that place content control squarely with the user. Users can highlight a variety of collections and documents at a number of levels:

- Featured content module appears at the top. Here, publishers and readers can really emphasize particularly noteworthy documents. Note, documents do not necessarily have to be published by the profile owner (attribution is given to the actual publisher).

Feature / Unfeature

Feature / Unfeature

- For Publishers, their published public documents will appear next. We have made it a point to highlight content with the most reading and sharing activity. At the same time, we give publishers the controls to modify what gets displayed through a “feature” / “unfeature” action.

- User’s Collections are also highlighted on the new Profile pages. As with individual documents, some collections will be shown by default, but the profile owner has ultimate control over this.

- Most popular Readcasts are also featured in the main section of the page. Events are determined by a combination of reading and sharing activity of the particular document.

- The Timeline displaying the profile owner’s activity still occupies an important place on the page, on the right panel, below the profile owner’s information.

As a result, more content will be surfaced to the top of a user’s Profile and Content pages.

Content Pages

From the Profile page, profile owners as well as other people viewing their profile will be able to navigate to content sub-pages displaying all the profile owner’s Published documents and Collections.

With the new design of these pages (as well as of the Profile) more content is displayed, providing a much better content discovery experience.

From these pages anyone can select publications to feature (or un-feature) on their own profile too.

Published Documents

Published Documents

Collections Page

Collections Page

An Individual Collection

An Individual Collection

As a note for our Publisher Partners, profile support for these accounts will be forthcoming. Please continue to follow our blog and twitter for future updates. Tomorrow we will explore the ‘My Content’ page.

Start exploring, featuring and displaying your content! As always, let us know what you think of these updates.

Save The Best For Later

We’re releasing a new feature that allows our readers to save content to read at a later time, across different platforms.

When you encounter an interesting document on Scribd, or your mobile device that you wish to read or reference later, you can do so by simply clicking “Save for later.

You can “Save for later” from any document page on Scribd, as well as Scribd for iPhone. Documents you save on Scribd for iPhone can be read on, and vice versa. To find content you have saved, simply visit the “Saved” menu (don’t forget to log in).

To enjoy this feature on your iPhone, update the Scribd application through the App Store. The new update also includes iPhone 5 support.

Here is a breakdown of where you can find this feature and how to use it.

Scribd For iPhone:

To save any document, tap the ‘Save’ icon. You can bookmark documents from the following locations within the Scribd app.


Reading Feed

To access your bookmarked documents, access the menu and then tap on ‘Saved.’

Bookmarking From

There are numerous places on our website where an authenticated user can bookmark documents including ‘Documents’ and ‘Collections.’ You can also save documents from the Activity Feed and the document read page.

Document Read Page:

Activity Feed:

Search Results

To access your saved documents, click on ‘My Documents‘ and ‘Saved Documents

The Scribd Archive

A few weeks ago we launched a program called the Scribd Archive to encourage readers to contribute to the Scribd community. They could do this by uploading their own documents in order to download older documents in the Archive or pay a small fee. This does not restrict the ability to read and share content on Scribd.

Here are some important points to know about the Scribd Archive:

  • Clear opt-out — anyone uploading to the site will be informed about The Archive and can easily opt-out of the program here; we will also post clear information about The Archive on your “My Docs” profile page.
  • Proactive messaging — you’ll be notified when your documents are ready for the Archive and again given the opportunity to opt-out of the program; we will also prominently let readers know that if they want to download for free, they can simply join the community and upload a document.
  • Community advisory board — we’ve established a Scribd User Advisory Board (SUAB) to help ensure that we incorporate community feedback on upcoming Scribd products.

Our goal is to bring readers and creators of content together using the inherent efficiencies of the Internet and other technologies. We’re constantly learning new ways to do this better. If you have questions/concerns about The Scribd Archive or other Scribd products, please email me directly at

–Trip, CEO and Co-founder

Embed Scribd docs in eduforums

One of our users has posted a workaround that allows bloggers using edublogs to embed Scribd documents in their posts. Check it out here!


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