Scribd is all about getting great content to every reader in the world — whether it's from major publishing companies or self-published authors. We know a good book is a good book no matter who publishes it, and we're delighted to welcome any and all authors who wish to share their work on Scribd!
If you're already published on Scribd through one of our publishing partners, we're so happy to have your work on Scribd! We know you may have questions about Scribd and specifically what it means to have your work published on the site, and we’re here to help.
But also, if you're a self-published author looking to be included in Scribd's premium membership program, we'd love to have you too! All you need to do to get your books in our program is to share your work via one of our publishing partners—Smashwords, INscribe Digital, BookBaby, Draft2Digital, or Findaway Voices—and your book will available on Scribd for our members! You do have to work with one of those publishing companies however, and we apologize that we are not accepting individual authors directly on Scribd at this time.
For all our authors in the program, we’ve provided answers to some commonly asked questions below. If you still have questions or there’s anything else we can assist you with, please contact Scribd support and let us know!
Q: How do I earn royalties for my books on Scribd’s membership service?
A: The short answer: when a member reads a certain percentage of your book, you get paid as if you had sold the book in an ebook retail store. But there’s more to your royalty terms than this. Scribd has signed distribution agreements with each of our publishing partners, and we recommend you direct questions about specific payment terms to the distributor you've chosen.
Q: Are my books available for free on Scribd?
A: As part of Scribd's membership program, your books are available in their entirety for premium members to read. Each member pays a monthly subscription fee for access to our library of premium content. If you're a premium member, you'll be able to read your own books in full as well as many others, but people who haven't yet joined will see only short previews of the books. To see what your books look like to non-members, log out of Scribd and view them again.
Q: How do I see how many sales I am generating?
A: Your sales record for Scribd are updated regularly and you can find information on the number of sales through your distributors' reporting system. You will need to contact the company you've used to publish your work on Scribd to obtain your reports.
Q: My Stats page is empty, but my books show they've been viewed. Why?
A: Your 'Stats' page on Scribd won't show content delivered to us by the publishing partner you've chosen. Instead, Document Stats will display information about documents you've uploaded directly to Scribd. (Please note you’ll only see the Document Stats page appear in your Scribd account menu if you’ve uploaded public documents.) You can find view counts for your books by going to their reading pages, but keep in mind that these view counts don't distinguish between premium members who read all of a book and those who read just the preview. Any and all views are counted.
Q: How do I upload new books?
A: To include new books in Scribd's premium program as a self-published author, publish them as usual with the ebook distributor of your choice and they'll automatically be distributed to Scribd if you've opted to have them shared on our platform.
The blue "upload" button on Scribd cannot be used to add books to our premium service, so you shouldn't upload your books that way. However, Scribd is also a great place to share supplementary material—essays, letters to fans, flyers for upcoming book signings. If you'd like to share anything like this with your readers on Scribd, you may like to check out more of our guides for authors and publishers.
Q: Where can I find more information about how Scribd fights copyright infringement?
A: Please see our Copyright Center for answers about many topics relating to how Scribd fights copyright infringement and unauthorized content.
Q: How can I promote my books on Scribd?
A: Your author profile page is your promotional hub on Scribd. All your books can be found there, along with your author bio. This page is public on the web, so you can start promoting your books on Scribd by tweeting, posting on Facebook, and otherwise sharing the link to your profile page. You can also promote your work by sharing direct links to your books.
Q: How do I share a free preview of my book?
A: It's already done for you! Check out how to go about sharing the free preview with people here.
Q: How do I access and edit my author profile page?
A: First, you must “claim” your profile (see directions below). Once claimed, you can access your profile page by logging into your Scribd account and clicking on your user icon in the upper-righthand corner. When the drop-down navigation menu appears, choose “Public Profile” to view your author page or select "Account Settings" to edit it.
Q: What are some benefits of distributing my books on Scribd?
A: Scribd has an established, global audience of over 80 million users, who can now discover your books on Scribd. Every time a member reads your book (past a certain ‘preview’ threshold) you are paid as if you had sold it. This makes Scribd a great way to get your books in front of a new audience that can try your books at no extra cost to them while creating a new revenue channel for you.
Q: What is Scribd’s policy on adult content?
A: Erotic fiction may be allowed on Scribd. However, some types of explicit content may not be accepted into our library. The publisher you work with to share books to our premium library may also have their own guidelines that impact where they choose to distribute your books. We recommend reaching out to your publisher for more details.
Q: I can’t find my books on Scribd. Why not?
A: There are a few possible reasons. First, we recommend trying a search for your titles using quotation marks around your search term to help restrict the results. (For instance, you might search for “The Secret Life of Bees” within quotation marks, instead of The Secret Life of Bees, without.) If you still can’t find your book and you have opted to distribute it on Scribd, please contact us and we’ll look into what’s happening.
Q: My books are marked “unavailable”. Why?
A: If you see that your book is marked “unavailable" it simply means that it is not in the membership program. There are two likely reasons it may not be available:
- It is very short. Some very short books have been excluded.
- It contains explicit content. Some explicitly erotic content may not be included for distribution in our premium library.
If you have any questions about why your book is unavailable in our library, we recommend reaching out to your publisher for more details. If you still have questions you’re always welcome to contact us, and we’ll be glad to help in any way we can!
Q: What kind of changes can I make to my author profile?
A: You can change your display name, profile picture, and share your bio on your profile page. The help topics in Your Account can provide specifics on how you can do this.
Q: How do I claim my author profile and get started?
A: The first thing to do is contact Scribd support. We will need to verify that the author profile that you are trying to claim is indeed yours, so please include any information you can to help with that process and we’ll handle the rest.
Q: What if I have an existing Scribd account?
If you have an existing Scribd account and also publish books through a distributor, Scribd staff can “merge” the two accounts together. This will allow you to keep your Scribd accounts' history and manage your public author profile. You'll need to contact us so we can process this for you - it’s especially helpful if you can provide a link to both profiles along with your request.
Q: What do I get with an author profile?
A: With a profile on Scribd, you can be part of the Scribd community as both an author and a reader. You’ll be able to create reading lists to share on Scribd with your fans and upload supplementary documents for your readers to enjoy. If you’d like, you can purchase your own premium membership to enjoy unlimited access to Scribd’s library of over 500,000 books. Besides that, you can also check on your own books anytime and update your account information whenever you need to.