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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The Most Popular Books in Each State

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Last week, we partnered with Parade Magazine to give readers the scoop on what people are reading all across the country. To get the data, we looked at our library of 300,000 e-books and measured how many times a title was read by registered users in each state. Below, we’ve listed the results as published originally in Parade. Curious about what people in your state are reading? Scroll down for the answer!

  1. Alabama: Midnight Angel by Lisa Kleypas
  2. Alaska: Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book by Ben Cohen, Jerry Greenfield, and Nancy Stevensben and jerry
  3. Arkansas: The Eve of Destruction by Howard Blum
  4. Arizona: Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern
  5. California: Just Kids by Patti Smith
  6. Colorado: White Witch Black Curse by Kim Harrison
  7. Connecticut: Prayers for The Dead: A Decker/Lazarus Novel by Faye Kellerman
  8. Washington, D.C.: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  9. Delaware: Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells
  10. Florida: Worst Fears Realized by Stuart Woods
  11. Georgia: Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas
  12. Hawaii: The Devil’s Star: A Novel by Jo Nesbo
  13. Idaho: The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn
  14. Illinois: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  15. Indiana: The Strain by Guillermo del Toro; Chuck Hogan
  16. Iowa:  The Venging by Greg Bear
  17. Kansas: The High Lord: The Black Magician Trilogy by Trudi Canavan
  18. Kentucky: Devoured By Darkness by Alexandra Ivy
  19. Louisiana: The Scent of Lemon Leaves by Clara Sanchez; Julie Wark
  20. Maine: Everything and the Moon by Julia Quinn
  21. Maryland: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  22. Massachusetts:  Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyesanybody out there
  23. Michigan: Serena by Ron Rash
  24. Minnesota: Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
  25. Mississippi: When Next We Love by Heather Graham
  26. Missouri: The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
  27. Montana: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  28. Nebraska: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
  29. Nevada: Scandal Becomes Her by Shirlee Busbee
  30. New Hampshire: Microserfs: A Novel by Douglas Coupland
  31. New Jersey: When We Meet Again by Victoria Alexander
  32. New Mexico: Murder on a Girls’ Night Out by Anne George
  33. New York: The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee by Sarah Silvermanbedwetter
  34. North Carolina: Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult
  35. North Dakota: The Mental Floss History of the United States by Erik Sass, Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur
  36. Ohio: Waiter Rant by Steve Dublanica
  37. Oklahoma: Everywhere That Mary Went by Lisa Scottoline
  38. Oregon: Tomb of the Golden Bird by Elizabeth Peters
  39. Pennsylvania: Stuck in Downward Dog by Chantel Guertin
  40. Rhode Island: Raylan: A Novel by Elmore Leonard
  41. South Carolina: The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes
  42. South Dakota Heart of a Warrior by Johanna Lindsey
  43. Tennessee: I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max
  44. Texas: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  45. Utah: Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story by Todd Burpo; Lynn Vincent
  46. Vermont: The Family Vault by Charlotte MacLeod
  47. Virginia: Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant by Dyan Cannon
  48. Washington: Galactic Corps by Ian Douglas
  49. West Virginia: A Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicketlemony snicket
  50. Wisconsin: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  51. Wyoming: Wishes in the Wind by Andrea Kane

Read Around the World: International Bestsellers

Here at Scribd, we pride ourselves on having a truly international reach. And we’re not just talking about app capabilities (though the app does work around the world) – more than half of our subscribers are international. That means there are people reading on Scribd all around the world! We’d like to give our global audience a shout out as we take you around the world with this collection of international bestsellers.

Norway

Eriend Loe takes readers on a journey into the wild with this absurd, yet charming fable. Doppler is the story of a grieving man befriending an elk in the woods is both serious and entertaining, boasting the tagline “an elk is for life…not just for Christmas.”

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Great Britain

Politics is a hysterical, yet honest exploration of sexual etiquette, love, and jealousy. So what is Adam Thirlwell’s breakout novel about? Well, it’s about politics of course…and a three-way relationship.

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Spain

In the Scent of Lemon Leaves, readers will be transported tot he picturesque world of Costa Blanca. Clara Sanchez weaves an unusual and seamless tale about what it means to reconcile your past with your present, and then eventually, move on.

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Egypt

The Yacoubian Building has been called controversial, explosive, and most of all, enthralling. And no wonder - Alaa Al Aswany’s exploration of love and loss in the modern Arab world is beautiful, yet revealing.

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India/The United States

Ok, so Shilpi Somayha Gowda is actually Canadian, but this book is as international as any. The Secret Daughter crosses oceans and cultures in its depiction of two families – one Indian, one American – as they become slowly and magically connected.

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Scribd’s books reign from all around the globe – these are just a few of our current favorites. Keep reading. There are many more international titles to be read.

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Mardi Gras Reads: The New Orleans Collection

Mardi Gras (that’s French for Fat Tuesday) celebrations may date back to Medieval Europe, but everyone knows that today, New Orleans is where the party’s at. Though we couldn’t get to NOLA to witness these legendary shenanigans, we were inspired to create a new collection of New Orleans reads on Scribd. Enjoy!

The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square

Don’t know much about this history that shaped New Orleans into an eclectic city of music and culture? Let Ned Sublette fill in those gaps for you.

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The House on First Street

If a remarkable, yet hilarious account of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina sounds like it’s up your alley, then read on. This isn’t just any old memoir – it’s a tribute to the city itself.

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City of Refuge

This modern masterpiece from Tom Piazza tells the panoramic story of two families, one black and one white, in the face of one of the greatest storms in American history – Hurricane Katrina.

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The Invitation

If you’re looking for a literary look at the Big Easy before taking to the street with your Mardi Gras beads, take a gander at this short story from New Orleans native Barb Johnson.

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Too busy partying to do any reading today? Not to worry! This collection will still be here long after the mask comes off and the king cake gets eaten.

Oscar Fever: Books So Good They Made Them Movies

Roll out the red carpet – it’s Oscar season, and you know what that means: it’s time for some movie tie-ins!

In case you’ve been without internet for the past week, we want to remind you that the 86th Academy Awards are on this Sunday night. And, while we’re gearing up for some elaborate gowns, gushing acceptance speeches, and our all-office Oscar pool, we thought we’d share a few of our favorite award-inspiring reads.

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Twelve Years a Slave

Considered a favorite for this weekend’s Awards, 12 Years a Slave is nominated for 9 awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. What you might not know, though, is that it was adapted from a bestselling memoir written by Solomon Northup in 1853.

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Million Dollar Baby: Stories from the Corner

What’s that you say? You’ve never read the Hemingway-esq collection of short stories that inspired Million Dollar Baby? If you’re a fan of this Oscar-winning Clint Eastwood film, immerse yourself in F.X. Toole’s gritty world of boxing.

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Kramer vs. Kramer

Avery Corman’s classic about the true ugliness of divorce is poignant, heartfelt, and accurate in its complexity. No wonder the movie won its share of Oscar’s! Well, that, and the incredible acting – but the novel definitely had something to do with it (after all, it did win Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium).

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Rosemary’s Baby

What do you get when you mix Mia Farrow, the supernatural, and a truly captivating suspense novel by Ira Levine? 1968′s Academy Award for Best Picture, for one. If you’re a fan of the film, do yourself a favor – check out the book, You’ll zip right through it, and find yourself in the mood to re-watch the movie by next week.

Excited about all the reading you’ll get to do this weekend? Guess we’ve got the Academy to thank for that…and a few incredible authors.