How do I prevent readers from paying to download or read my documents?

Scribd is an open publishing platform for content from major publishing companies to self-published authors. We also know non-profit organizations, teachers, and the like need a place to upload material that's freely accessible to their audiences and we're happy to have people use us and share their work free of charge for their readers. 

All you need to do is head on over to your Account Settings and toggle the switch towards the bottom, under the Document Upload Settings section, to the right of "Do not make my documents premium content" and make sure you allow the change to take effect - you'll see a green banner on the top confirming that your changes have been saved. (Note: the "Document Upload Settings" section will only appear in your Account Settings if you have a document uploaded to Scribd that is set to public.)

It'll look like this when toggled on:

Once that's done, all of your readers will not be required to purchase or be prompted to purchase a premium membership with us. We should mention that a free Scribd account is still required in order to download content even when it is exempt from the membership program, so your readers will still need at least an account with Scribd. Also, just keep in mind documents exempt from the membership program may be de-prioritized in search results on Scribd so be sure to promote your own work and share the links to the material with the right people!

If you have trouble with the process or have further questions about the premium service and your content on Scribd, please contact Scribd support for assistance.

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