Using Scribd offline

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

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.      

Removing a Download in the Scribd App

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.

Offline Reading on Your Computer

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!

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