There's nothing like reading a good book. Scribd knows that, but we also know you're not always going to be connected to the internet in order to read to your heart's content. Even during those offline times, you'll be able to enjoy Scribd's collection.
- Downloading Titles in the Scribd App
- Removing a Download in the Scribd App
- Offline Reading on Your Computer
If you're on your mobile device with the Scribd App installed, just browse through the library per usual, select a title, and then select the “Download” option on the book's about page.
After it’s fully downloaded, you'll be able to enjoy the book from beginning to end with or without an active internet connection. Should you find yourself interested in all sorts of titles, you can store multiple at one time for all the offline reading you can handle! To find the list of all the titles you've downloaded for offline access, simply head over to your Saved titles, turn on the 'Downloaded' toggle, and find the titles you've stored any time.
Keep in mind that books stored on your device can only be opened through the app and we don't permit access to a stored book's file.
To remove a title from your device for offline reading, first go to your Saved titles, then tap the trashcan icon below the “Listen/Read” button of the title you'd like to remove. After selecting that icon, confirm your decision on the popup that appears tap “Remove” and you’re all done!
If you're having trouble storing or reading a title on your device, don't be shy! Send Scribd support a message, and we'll see what the trouble may be and look into fixing the problem for you.
You won't be able to download premium subscription content when using Scribd's website, but you'll still be able to enjoy offline reading on a computer with many documents that have been enabled for downloading. If a document is available to save to your computer, you'll see a 'Download' option above the document viewer.
Ultimately, it's up to publishers to decide how they want their work to be accessed. Some publishers disable downloading for specific titles and the 'Download' option won't be shown for those titles. You'll still be able to enjoy them on Scribd's website or store them for offline reading on our app, but they won't be directly downloadable or printable.
Remember: in order to read any downloadable content, you'll need to have the correct software -- such as Acrobat Reader or Microsoft Office -- installed on your computer. Otherwise, you won't be able to view the file you've downloaded.
Scribd doesn't believe there's any reason to be without a good book, so go out and enjoy some offline reading today!
It's always so frustrating when you find a title you like, you've seen the orange 'Download' option so you know you can have it for offline reading, and it just won't download properly.
There's a few things to test to see what's going wrong and why you're not getting that title after clicking that orange 'Download' option. Your web browser may be blocking the download or it may even be automatically saving it for you on your computer somewhere. The thing is: different browsers behave differently, so go straight to the section covering the browser you're using for a few tips to solve the problem.
If you're using Internet Explorer, it's possible it's blocking the download and if that's the case, you'll see a yellow bar at the top of the window notifying you about it. Click that yellow bar.
When you click it, you'll see the option 'Download File..' in the popup menu that appears. You'll need to select that to continue with the download. After that you'll get the opportunity to save the downloaded title on your computer in the folder of your choosing.
Mozilla Firefox may give you the option of opening for file or saving it when you select 'Download'. If it doesn't, you'll need to access Firefox's 'Downloads' window. You can do that by clicking the arrow in the upper right hand corner of the browser. Once you do that, you'll see all the titles that have been downloaded recently, you can open the file by clicking on it from that list or by selecting 'Show All Downloads' to get the Downloads' window (like the one on the right). Double click the title to view it.
If you're downloading from Safari and it doesn't automatically open, click on the down arrow in the upper righthand corner to view all your downloads or press option command L. That'll get all your downloads to be viewable and you can select the title you want to read from the list.
Google's Chrome may download the title directly to your preferred downloads folder and you'll be able to find it right at the bottom of the window.
None of that worked? Other things to try!
If it's not just your browser being tricky and hiding the title from you, it could be several other issues causing the download problem. Here are a few other things to test to see what may be causing the trouble.
- Check your firewall and/or antivirus software--such as McAfee, Norton, or Symantec. Make sure they're up to date and set to allow items from Scribd.com
- Check your browser add-ons--such as NoScript, FlashBlock, or AdBlock. Make sure they're also all up to date and configured to be okay with Scribd.com
- Check the network connection. If you're on a school or corporate network, the system administrator may have blocked access to all or parts of Scribd. Try connecting to Scribd using a different computer and/or network and try the download again.
If you're in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, or the Philippines, you may be temporarily unable to download content from Scribd due to the way Internet traffic is managed in your area. There is currently no solution for this issue. You'll need to try again at a different time.
Another reason for the download not working is if you're trying to use a download manager. Don't do that. Download managers don't agree with the system and that will cause issues for you. Use your browser's built-in download function when accessing content on Scribd.
- Try clearing your browser's cache and restarting it
- Double-check your browser is configured to accept cookies from Scribd.com
- And definitely make sure you're using the latest version of your browser to download content
If you're having issues with downloading even after the troubleshooting techniques then contact Scribd support for more help and they'll figure out a solution for you!