A library is a place that we used to go in search of that next great book, or the next novel in a series of popular readings that kept us engaged and locked up inside our own imaginations. Not as a prisoner, but as patrons looking for knowledge or wonder or that escape from reality if even for a moment or two. Traditional libraries although not gone nor completely forgotten, have become somewhat of an afterthought, a side effect no doubt of our advancement and eagerness to embrace the technology of our time. Where actual libraries were held in such great regard at one point in time our smartphones and tablets have taken over and replaced them in a sense, thanks to the widely available wealth of books in digital format. Digital libraries, all in the palms of our hands.
Scribd is one of the most popular digital libraries available for mobile, and starting today they have updated their Android app with some great new features as part of their campaign to encourage people to read more. For those unfamiliar with Scribd, it has a library of over 400,000 books available with over 80 million users, all for the price of $8.99 a month. It’s like Netflix or Hulu Plus for books, providing users with unlimited reading anytime, anywhere. As part of the “read more” campaign and the update to their app, Scribd now has a redesigned book page with in-depth descriptions, reader reviews so you can see what others thought of the books you’re interested in, and related books in case you want to find more like what you have already read, making the act of finding more great reads that much easier.
Searching for new books that pique your interest is now easier than ever before with seamless book to book browsing, and Scribd has made managing your library of books even simpler, while also adding in a handy new feature. You can now save books to your device, add them to your library of other books to read or add them to your growing collection all with the press of a button. Simply find a book you want to add, and tap on the new “+” button followed by your selection of options, and that’s it. Fast and easy. Scribd wants to empower people to read more, and their new updated app is available for Android tablets as well as the Kindle Fire. So if you’re looking for a great summer read, or five, Scribd is a great place to search for the next book that will let your imagination take flight.