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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Major Publishing Houses Finally Get On Board the Technology Train

Posted by Kiala Kazebee on Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 10:54 AM

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Woot-woot! Technology train leaving in...um...five minutes ago!

A handful of publishers, such as Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Berrett-Koehler have joined with internet document sharing site Scribd in a move towards finally, FINALLY THANK GOD, giving books a chance at a future.

How, you ask? Well, TechCrunch presents this viewpoint for your consideration:

Offering book excerpts to entice readers is nothing new - Amazon and Google have been doing this for years, and Amazon’s Kindle allows readers to download book samples to their devices for free. But these options aren’t conducive to sharing content that you’ve discovered on the web, as they don’t allow your to embed them in your blogs and websites. Scribd’s iPaper Flash document viewer is built to do exactly this, so inserting a book excerpt into a blog or even an author’s site is easy.

Authors also benefit from increased exposure on Scribd itself, which sees a monthly readership totaling as high as 50 million.

See, would be Salingers and Millers and Nins? EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OKAY. Now, get back to that novel/comic/chapbook and stop bothering me with your publishing fears.

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