Scribd is a social publishing website that allows users to post material by converting any standard text document into a web version and hosting it on the site. Users can also search, read and download documents. It boasts tens of millions of available documents, from single pages to complete ebooks (the vast majority of which are free). It is used by individuals, corporations and educational establishments to locate and access documents.
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Things you need
- Internet connection
- Adobe Flash Player
- Appropriate software to read documents (e.g., Microsoft Office or Abode Acrobat Reader)
Register with Scribd. Most of the documents on Scribd are available to read and download immediately. However, if you want to download an entire ebook you will have to register. Registration is free and just requires an active e-mail account. You will choose a user name and a password that will enable you to access the contents of the site. You can sign up by clicking the "Sign Up" button on the top right of the home page or via its Facebook page.
Log in by clicking the "Login" button on the top right of the home page. You will use the user name and password you choose when registering with Scribd.
Search for a document. If you know what you are looking for you can type the title into the search box at the top of the Scribd home page. Alternatively, type in a keyword or an author, or click on the "Explore" button to browse categories of subjects.
Locate the ebook you wish to download and when you open its file location you should be able to download it straight away. You will see a "Download" button immediately underneath the title of the document. (If it is not available for download, this button will be greyed-out. This is usually because the author has chosen to disable that option.) When you click the button a prompt box will appear asking which format you want to download the document in. The options will usually be PDF or Text, and your choice will depend on which software you want to use to read the document on your computer--Acrobat Reader for PDFs or Microsoft Office for Text. Select your preferred format by clicking on the appropriate button underneath, then click "Download Now." A dialogue box will open where you can choose the location to which the document is saved on your computer.
Tips and warnings
- Sometimes a document is not hosted just on the Scribd site, but is embedded within another website. If this is the case, the 'Download' button will be located just above the document, next to the Scribd logo.
- There are daily limits to the number of documents you can download, which vary according to usage. If you have reached your limit for one day, just wait 24 hours and try again.