Scribd is a social community of readers and we want it to be interactive and fun. Part of that includes creating public profiles to help share information such as what books you like on Scribd or who your favorite authors are. So put simply, yes Scribd profiles are public, but not all your information is.
Let's clarify. Facts like your username, titles you've liked, your followers, and who you follow are all public information. But there is of course a level of privacy on Scribd and we take it seriously.
Number one: no one can access your email address unless you've made it available on your public profile.
Number two: nothing that you've saved for later in your library or anything you've recently read is viewable to the public. That's for your eyes only. Don't be ashamed of binge reading all those romance novels with a pint of Ben and Jerry's and a bottle of wine next to you. We've all been there. No one has to know but you and that tall, dark, and handsome hero with the tough exterior but soft soul.
And that goes for everyone, not just the closet romance lovers, anything in your recently read or saved in your library can only be seen by you while logged into your account.
You can see how the public sees you at any time by going to the 'View Public Profile' link under the navigation menu. Just hover your mouse over the icon next to the blue 'Upload' button to find the option.