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Can I use Scribd offline?

Jason
posted this on March 01, 2009 03:19 PM

There's nothing like reading a good book. Scribd knows that, but Scribd also knows you're not always going to be connected to the internet in order to read to your heart's content. So never fear! Even during those offline times, you'll be able to enjoy Scribd's collection.

 

Offline Reading on the Scribd App

If you're on your mobile device with the Scribd App installed, you can select 'Store on Device' to read titles offline. Just browse through the library per usual, select a title and then select either the button that states 'Add to Library' or 'In your Library'. Once you hit that, the option to 'Store to Device' will appear. Select it and the book will be downloaded for offline reading. 

After that, active internet connection or not, you'll be able to enjoy the book from beginning to end. Scribd has it so you can save up to 20 titles at any given time for all the offline reading you can handle! To find the list of all the titles you've saved, simply access your 'Library', select the 'On Device' tab and find the title you've stored any time of day. 

Remember, though: Books stored on your device can only be opened through the app and we don't permit access to a stored book's file. 

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To remove a title from being stored for offline reading, first go to your Library, select the 'On Device' tab and then select the 'edit' icon in the upper righthand corner. For any title you wish removed, select it's cover to highlight it and then when you're done, hit the mini trash can icon in the upper righthand corner. The titles you selected will be removed.

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If you're having trouble storing or reading a title on your device, don't be shy! Send Scribd support a message, and they'll see what the trouble may be and look into fixing the problem for you. 

Offline Reading on Your Computer

You won't be able to use the 'Store on Device' option when using Scribd.com or the mobile website, but you'll still be able to enjoy offline reading on a computer as long as it's been enabled for downloading. If a title is available to save to your computer, you'll see an blue 'Download' option above the title of the piece. 

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It's up to publishers to decide how they want their work to be accessed. Some publishers disable downloading for specific titles and the 'Download' option won't be shown for those books. You'll still be able to enjoy them on Scribd.com or store them on the app, but they won't be downloadable and printable.

Remember! In order to read any downloadable content, you'll need to have the correct software -- such as Acrobat Reader or Microsoft Office -- installed on your computer. Otherwise you won't be able to view the file you've downloaded.

Additionally, there are some titles that are for purchase only and not in the subscription collection. In order to know whether a 'Buy Now' title will be available for downloading, read up on what 'Buy Now' means. Some of the titles will be accessible for downloading and some won't; again, it depends on what the publisher decided. 

 

Scribd doesn't believe there's any reason to be without a good book, so go out and enjoy some offline reading today!

 

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