A great news for all content publishers out there – Scribd, a free online service for sharing documents online has recently launched Scribd Store – An online marketplace where content creators can sell their digital content like documents, presentations, reports, spreadsheets and so on.
Trip Adler who is the CEO and co-founder of the company said:
Our goal has always been to democratize the publishing process for ‘everyday’ people who have so many great ideas to share,… Adding e-commerce capability gives all our users — professional and non-professional publishers — even more options in recessionary times, when every dollar counts.
Johanna Vondeling, Vice President, Editorial and Digital, Berrett-Koehler Publishers said:
The Scribd Store has the potential to revolutionize book publishing by allowing readers the opportunity to pay only for the content they need — a model that offers real value in this down economy,.. It also gives book publishers a promising new marketplace to sell short and unique content, as we are doing with our new Fast Fundamentals whitepaper series.
How Do I Sell my Documents Online via Scribd Store?
Scribd Store is still in beta, thus their marketplace is currently open to the United Sates residents only. Thus if you are not from US, you wont be able to start selling your documents as yet! However if you represent a publishing company then they can make it an exception for you.
For those of you who live in US, you can start selling documents immediately by simply uploading your docs in the Scribed Store via the following link: http://www.scribd.com/upload/store. For more information about the store see http://www.scribd.com/store/about or http://www.scribd.com/store.
Why should You Publish Documents via Scribd Store?
Not convinced? Here are few reasons why you should join:
Revenue Sharing: Scribd will pay you 80% of each sale. Thus, if your document is worth $100, for each sale you can get $80 and the remaining $20 will be taken by Scribd.
Flexible Pricing: The best part about scribd store is, you get to set your own price so you can control how much you would want people to pay to view your document. The minimum price in Scribd’s store will be $1, with no maximum. A research report on business in China will start in Scribd’s store at $5,000.
Multi Platform: It allows any document bought from its store to be read on different gadgets — a personal computer, an electronic book reader like Amazon’s Kindle or a sophisticated mobile phone.
Easy Publishing: Scribd’s store gives authors a way to bypass the publishing industry so they can bring their books to market more quickly and perhaps make more money than they would have from following the conventional route. Book lovers, in turn, could benefit from prices below those found in traditional book stores or even on Amazon.