How should I name the files I upload to the FTP server?

Naming files

Each file's name should be the book's 13-digit ISBN. 10-digit ISBNs are supported, but you should consistently use one or the other. For example:

9781234567890.pdf
9782345678901.pdf
9783456789012.pdf

You may also optionally use subdirectories to, for example, separate your uploads by date or batch.

2011-09-13/9781234567890.pdf
2011-09-13/9782345678901.pdf
2011-09-14/9783456789012.pdf
2011-09-14/9784567890123.pdf 

Naming custom thumbnails

If you upload separate thumbnail images, they must be in the same folders as their corresponding documents and must have the same name (except with a GIF, JPG or PNG extension). For example:

9781234567890.pdf
9781234567890.jpg
9782345678901.pdf
9782345678901.jpg
9783456789012.pdf
9783456789012.jpg 

In most cases the best way to provide a cover image to Scribd is to include it as the first page of the uploaded PDF, not as a separate thumbnail. Scribd will automatically use the first page of the file as the cover and your readers will see the attractive full-size version of your cover when they actually open the document. If you'd like to upload custom thumbnails to your FTP account, please let us know.

Naming metadata files

You may give your metadata files any names you'd like, though you must leave the file extension intact:

  • ".xml" for ONIX files
  • ".xls" for Excel spreadsheets
  • ".csv" for plain-text comma-separated values
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