Last Updated: October 12, 2015 0

What Is Scribd and How Is It Used?

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Scribd is a web platform that basically lets you manage your documents. On Scribd you can purchase books or articles and download them for free or at a small fee. You can find a variety of things, such as novels, tutorials, manuals and research papers, and because the site is easy to search it shouldn’t take you long to find what you are looking for either.

Creating a Scribd account

The first step is to create an account. If you have a Facebook account linked to your computer you will automatically signed in using your Facebook information. You will have to do nothing in order to create an account. If you so not have a Facebook account or if you would prefer not to use your Facebook account to sign in, follow these steps:

  • Go to the homepage of Scribd which can be found at www.scribd.com. If you are unable to click on the link to access the website, simply copy and paste it into your URL and press Enter.
  • In the top right hand corner there are two options, namely “Login” and “Sign up”. At this point as you do not already have an account, you will have to click on the second option in order to create one.
  • You will be taken to a pop up. You will also be prompted to sign in with Facebook. Either click on the “Login with Facebook” link or click “I don’t have a Facebook account”. If you click on the second option a very simple form will appear that you will need to complete in order to continue.
  • Type in a valid email address. Your email address is needed so that the verification email can be sent to you and so that you will be able to access your account if you ever forget your password.
  • Create a username. Think about this a little bit beforehand. You want your username to be one that really reflects who you are as a person. You should also remember that your username will have to unique, so make sure that you think of more than one username before signing up in case your first option is already being used by someone else.
  • Create a password. Remember that the password you choose should be something that is easy for you to remember. At the same time it should also be something that other people will not easily be able to guess. Think about this carefully.
  • Tick the “Send me the Scribd Newsletter, and occasional account related communications” box or leave it blank depending on your preferences.
  • Click on the button to confirm your account registration. Remember that by doing this you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of the site. It is suggested that you actually read these terms first before agreeing to them.
  • And there you go. You are now ready to start using Scribd.

Finding books on Scribd

Now that you have an account you will want to find books on Scribd. Here are some steps you can follow in order to do this.

  • Go to the homepage of Scribd which can be found at www.scribd.com. If you are unable to click on the link to access the website, simply copy and paste it into your URL and press Enter.
  • Now you will be able to click on the “Login” link at the top of the screen. If you have a Facebook account you should automatically be logged in when you go to the Scribd homepage. If you are not you can click on the “Login” option and choose “Login with Facebook” or to create a new account.
  • There is a search bar at the top of the page which you can use in order to search for a book with a particular title. Type in the book title and hit “Enter” or click “Search”.
  • Sometimes you may just be looking for something to read and not have a particular book in mind. In this case you can click on the “Explore” option and start exploring the Scribd website according to the categories that present themselves to you. See if you can find something you like to read. You can search for books according to researcher, author, student, or format (e.g. brochures, catalogues and government documents).
  • If you want to download a document that you have found you should click on the “Download” button to begin the process. Sometimes it will be impossible to click on the button. This means that the author of the document has decided that visitors may not download the document. If you want to read the document you will have to do it directly from the Scribd website.
  • To purchase the book you will have to enter your credit card information.
  • The next step is to choose the format of the document that you would like to download. This will either be text or PDF. Once you have selected that format that you prefer you can click on “Download now”. Once you have done that you must not forget to click on “Save” so that the process is finalised and you actually have a copy of the book or document that you are interested in on your computer. If you fail to click save you will not have a copy.

Using Scribd is free (when it comes to sign up) and very easy. It is a great place to find things to read on a variety of different topics and at some very reasonable prices. You can even get certain books and documents absolutely free! If you have a Facebook account you will be able to sign up easily, but even if you don’t the process only takes a few moments. And once you have a Scribd account you will find that the site itself is easy to navigate and that you will find the books that you are looking for quickly and easily. You can lose nothing by signing up to Scribd.