Highlighting and adding notes

Want to highlight your favorites quotes? Add a note to a book for later? You're in luck! With the Scribd app, you can revisit all your favorite parts in your favorite books by highlighting the word, phrase, paragraph (whatever!) or by adding your own comments to the "margin". 

How do I highlight?

To highlight part of a book, press down on the word to select it and move the cursors to encompass everything that you want highlighted. Once a part of the book is selected, a few options will appear. Select Highlight, and voila! It's highlighted! It'll appear blue on the page and be saved to your list of highlighted content in the Notes & Bookmarks tab. 

Ever wish you didn't highlight something in a physical book? That's never a worry on Scribd! You can delete any highlight that you add to the book at any time. Simply tap on the highlighted content from within the book, and you'll see menu options appear. In the iOS/iPad OS app, select 'Delete', or if you're using Android select the trash can icon and the highlight will be removed. The other option is to open Notes & Bookmarks and swipe across the highlight to remove it.

How do I add a note?

To add a personal note to a book, press down on the word (and move the cursors to include the full phrase you wish associated with the note) and select Note from the options. Once you select that, a page will pop up and you'll be able to type out your note on your mobile device. When finished, hit Save and it will be added to your list of notes. 

Don't need that section noted any longer? Misspelled a word and need to edit what you wrote? No worries! It's not permanent ink you're using, so feel free to change any note you make or delete it entirely. Just go to the note and select the gray 'page' symbol in brackets on the side of the book page near the highlighted portion. The page for editing will pop up. Type something new and click Save or to remove the note entirely select Delete.

One note (for those note-takers out there), when you remove a note the word will remain highlighted for you. If you wish to remove the highlight as well, simply tap it and hit Delete in iOS, or the trash can icon in Android. 

How can I review the notes and highlights I’ve made?

To view your notes, highlights, or bookmarks within a particular book:

  1. Open the book.
  2. Select the three-dot icon in the upper right-hand corner of your book (the icon will be hidden in the app if you're already actively reading the book - just tap the screen once and the menu icons will reappear). 
  3. Select Notes & Bookmarks from the list of options. Highlighted content will be marked “Highlight” and the notes will appear with your selected quote and the note you wrote.

You can access audiobook bookmarks using these same steps, however other annotations are not currently available for this format.

If you’d like to review all the annotations you’ve made while reading on Scribd, just navigate to your Saved tab in the app, then select Notebook from the menu at the top of your Saved list. By default your Notebook will show all annotations across any titles you’ve read, starting with the most recent. Selecting the Filter option at the top left of your Notebook will allow you to narrow your results to Bookmarks, Notes or Highlights. You can also use the Delete icon on any annotation to remove selections individually, or the Share icon to share a quote using other apps you have installed on your device.

What happens to my notes if I cancel my subscription?

We'll keep all your highlights and notes saved for you even if you cancel your premium membership with us. If/when you decide to renew your membership at a later date, all your highlights and notes will still be waiting for you.  


If you have any trouble with highlighting content or adding a note to the book you're reading, the document may include image-based content, in which case you won't be able to highlight content or add notes. We're sorry for the trouble! Contact Scribd support and include the title of the book and our support team will help figure out if there's a solution to the problem. 

Happy reading!

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