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Scribd – A (Fantastic) Web Repository for Documents

Every once in a while you come across a new application that just floors you. That’s what Scribd has done for me. Scribd (think “scribed”) is a web-based document repository that acts much like Flickr for photos and YouTube for videos. You can see, upload and share almost any type of document.

Scribd: Document Repository

How it works
Anyone can create a profile and upload documents. Any type of document you like can be uploaded and will be converted to Flash for viewing. Formats include Word, PDF, plain text, HTML, JPEG, PowerPoint, Excel, Postscript, LIT, and even audio format. That’s where the fun begins.

As with any sharing site these days, there is a profile page where you can save your favorites. Users can vote that they “liked” any of the documents, email them to a friend, download it in multiple formats and even listen to an audio version of it if it’s in text form. This is all amazing stuff, and it’s quite a comprehensive offering. (read here for more things you can do)

In Summary
I feel like I’m looking at another YouTube in the making. This website is going to catch on and become very very big. It’s incredibly useful and something that has some real legs. It’s simple and it works.

Check out a few documents:


  1. i was impressed with Scribd too. I couldn’t immeditely think of an interesting way to use for more worthy pruposes, aside from posting newsletters and other info. Of course, stuff like that is likely to get lost in the slew of internet noise (“what women really like” etc etc).

    It’s possible that communities could spring up who post interesting or incriminating documents showing the misuse of power, corruption or the pure criminialty of leaders and public servants – but i think wikileaks.org has already stolen a march on that side of things (regardless of the fact they haven’t launched fully yet).

  2. Thanks for info.Am really impressed with their service.Its the Youtube of Documents.

  3. Hey, thanks a lot for the kind words about scribd. I found this blog through the 3 oceans real estate blog. Please let me know if you have any other thoughts or feedback about scribd.


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