Unlimited access to ebooks for one low monthly fee? That's too good to be true, right? Wrong! We know, it's a new concept for the book world, but believe us, it's all on the up and up and we're happy to explain how it all works so that you can enjoy all the titles you want and all the authors are still compensated accordingly.
We know what you've got a lot questions about how this all works. Like, are authors getting paid for their work? Why would they agree to have their books in a membership program? Am I reading content that the authors have actually given permission to be on Scribd?
We'll be sure to answer all your concerns as best we can so that you can just relax with a good book with no worries in the world but what to read next.
Are authors paid when I read premium membership content?
Yes! Of course! We ensure our authors can continue doing what they love and write great books for our readers to enjoy by making sure they're compensated when their work is part of the premium membership service. Scribd has deals with our authors and publishing partners concerning payment for all the membership content. Basically, every time you read a title thats in the program we pay the author the full price of their work! Revenue that Scribd earns from monthly membership fees is paid to the original publishers or authors of the included titles based on the agreements we have with them every time you read their work on Scribd!
Why would an author want to be in the premium membership program?
Being in the program grants all our authors a large audience of avid readers like yourself. They place their work on Scribd, and instantly millions of people have the opportunity to read it. Everyone with a membership to the site can seamlessly go from book to book with no need to go through the process of 'check-out' every time they want a new book to read. This means, every author now has a greater chance of their work being read while still being fully compensated for their work! It's a perfect situation for our readers since a monthly fee grants them unlimited access to all those titles and perfect for our authors who now have a large audience of readers waiting for that next great book to dive into.
But Scribd allows anyone to upload material onto the site. How am I supposed to I know I'm reading titles the authors have actually given their permission to be on Scribd?
The best way to know if a book has been uploaded by the author or through one of our publishing partners is to take a look at the author's profile on Scribd.
Verified authors and publishers on Scribd will have a badge indicating just that above their name when viewing their profile. Authors will be labeled with "Author" and our publishing partners have a "Publisher" badge. Authors will also have additional sections on their profiles: "Books Authored" and, if available, "Audiobooks Authored", as well as any "Audiobooks Narrated" that are available.
These badges are the stamp of approval that it's all content published and endorsed by our partnership authors. But that's not to say content without the check is on the site without the author's permission.
Besides the premium content in Scribd's library from our major publishing partners, Scribd is abundant with self-published work that has been uploaded onto the site. You'll find titles while looking through the 'Document' section of the library. Those member's profiles may not have the "Author" badge, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they were illegally uploaded onto the site. Many self-published works, while not uploaded via an author profile, are still uploaded with the permission of the copyright holder.
Scribd's BookID copyright protection system checks content uploaded by our members for possible copyright infringement and we do out best to keep any material that violates copyright off the site. Rest assured that individuals failing to follow copyright laws aren't allow to remain members on Scribd for long.
Please read all about copyright and Scribd's policies here to learn how to help us keep Scribd's library full of only legitimate work shared with permission of the authors or copyright holders.
If you have more concerns about what you're reading or questions about how the premium membership program works, please contact Scribd support for help. They're really good at making sure your time on Scribd is as perfect as can be, so don't be shy about reaching out and asking any questions you have that aren't covered here or in the other FAQs.