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Searching and Browsing Scribd's Library

posted this on October 12, 2011, 1:42 PM

Scribd knows what you came here for. It's not because it's a cool name, it's because Scribd has a huge collection of books for you to read right at your fingertips. So let's cut to the chase and get you want you want: all the books you can handle. There's two ways you can find titles you're interested in: by searching or by browsing. Which one you choose will depend on what you have in mind for your next great book.

Searching for Content


If you already know what you want, use the 'Search' box at the top of most pages. 

Type an author, a title, or any key words, and the search feature will auto-complete and display the 'best match' for your search.

If the information that automatically matches isn't what you're looking for, you can 'View All Search Results' for the title you're interested in. Generally speaking, more than one result will appear and you can filter through all results by clicking on a particular tab, like 'Books'. You can even use filters to narrow down the results even further.


Browsing for Content

If you don't have a specific title in mind but have a general idea of what you're looking for (we've all been there), no worries! Our browse tool has you covered. Hover your mouse over the 'Browse' option next to the search box and you'll see a quick list of genres. You can also click 'Browse' to be taken to the main browse page. Before you getting into any of the genres, you'll have to decide if you want to read an ebook or listen to an audiobook. Make sure you select the proper tab to find the content you're looking for.




You have a few options to choose from when it comes to finding the best book for you to read next. If you want Scribd to do all the work for you, choose 'Scribd Selects'—our editorial team combed through Scribd's titles and curated a list of books that are great reads. You'll see our editors' choices throughout the page in themed collections.



Next to 'Scribd Selects', 'Top Books' contains the best of our hand-curated titles. Here, you can easily see our top trending titles, collections from New York Times Best Sellers and Oprah's Book Club, and accolade-based collections including the Pulitzer Prize, Nobel Laureates, and the Newbery Award. 



If instead you select a specific genre to browse through (such as 'Science Fiction'), you're taken to that genre's 'Overview' page. There, you can narrow down the books that are shown based on sub-genres, so if you're a big fan of 'Dystopian' Science Fiction, just narrow down the results by selecting that sub-genre. 



Throughout the 'Overview' of any given genre, you'll find various collections of books curated by our editorial team with explanations on why they personally recommend these titles. Simply click on the 'browse this collection' button to look through the these collections. 



Between the editors' picks, there are also other books grouped together by theme; just click on the arrows that appear when you hover your mouse over a theme to scroll through it and see what something like 'Clones, Bodysnatchers, and Genetic Engineering' has to offer up for you to enjoy.



When you scroll to the bottom of a genre's 'Overview', you'll find the option to view all the books in that genre. There, you can narrow results based on author and sort books you see based on it's 'best selling' status, the popularity it has on Scribd, or when it was added to the library. You can still narrow results by sub-genre like before, but we'll show you all related titles instead of organizing them by theme or collection.


Happy reading!

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