If the next 50 Shades of Grey is out there, Scribd readers may be the ones to find it. BookBaby has announced a partnership with the social network that will let readers sample up to 10 percent of an indie book before they buy it at the online bookstore.
BookBaby, a sibling of the indie musician service CDBaby, gives independent authors the tools to upload, edit, and publish their own digital and print books.
The company has a number of other distribution partners including Amazon, Apple’s iBookstore, and Barnes and Noble where authors can sell their titles alongside traditionally published authors.
But it’s up to the public to decide if they’re willing to take a risk on a title that hasn’t been vetted by a publishing house.
Scribd, founded in 2012, has a library of tens of millions of documents. These include presentations, court filings, and research papers as well as books from more than 150 publishers.
The site’s key feature is its iPaper technology: a rich document format similar to a PDF that lets people share the files on other networks or embed them on a website or blog. Readers can also use Scribd’s search and navigation bars to find a document by genre or subject matter.
Through the partnership, BookBaby titles will be more easily found, sampled, and hopefully sold.
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