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Scribd Unveils New Enhanced Browse Features for Better Book Discovery

eBook subscription giant Scribd announced new search features this week that will make it even easier for readers to find great content. And with a catalog of over 500,000 titles and counting, discoverability is certainly going to be an issue for both authors and readers.

“Our goal with the new browse experience was to retain the same human touch that we have come to love about personal recommendations from a trusted friend, but use the power of technology to extend it to our catalog of over 500,000 books,” said Jared Friedman, co-founder and CTO of Scribd. “The result is as if we’ve built every reader their own personalized bookstore, with the human touch readers love, that they are now able to carry around in their back pocket.

The new feature works by letting readers search in two directions at the same time. They can go for a broader search option, which would be akin to walking into a vast bookstore and heading over to the Science Fiction section, or they can narrow it down, which would be like having a personal shopper handing over only the books that contain all of the search options the reader is interested in. This dual system lets readers be highly specific about topics of interest, but also lets them just “wander” the aisles of Scribd when they don’t have a specific title or content in mind, but still know what they like.

“Scribd’s subscription model does wonders for book discovery, because it eliminates so much of the friction that usually exists to begin reading a good book,” said Trip Adler, co-founder and CEO. “Meanwhile our new browse feature alone is a huge step forward for book discovery. Ultimately we believe it’s the combination of the subscription model with our innovative book discovery offering that will create a magical experience for readers, and this is just the beginning of more to come.”

This search enhancement is going to be a tremendous boost to indie authors who’ve put their titles in the subscription catalog through Smashwords’ agreement with the company, as it will let Scribd’s membership find new titles without having to have the boost of advertising dollars from the major publishing houses.

Scribd will be rolling out this search capability across of all of its platform-specific apps in the coming weeks.

InstaFreebie Lets Authors Control Their Book Giveaways

We’re always excited to see a new book promotion tool for authors and publishers, and it’s even more exciting when this tool is free and easy to use. This latest option is from Libboo, and it’s a nearly instantaneous way to send out review copies of a book without worrying about DRM, without having to foot the bill for printing/shipping, and without having to purchase copies of your book.

Even better, a new feature is in the works that will let authors TRACK the copies that get sent out and shared! Authors will be able to build up their email lists and interact with the people who claimed free copies of their books, and readers will know that they’ll be kept informed when new titles by authors they enjoyed come out.

Try it out now by claiming THIS free book…and THIS one!

Authors will enjoy the complete control over how they use their free books. For example, the first link above is only good for the first 100 copies, a number decided by the author. The second link is offering unlimited copies of the book through a pre-determined date, again, selected by the author. The author can share the link within only their support network of reader fans, OR can say to their fans, “Share the snot out of this code!” and let an unlimited number of people claim the book. DRM encryption is also optional at the author’s discretion.

It does require having an ePub file of the book in order to upload it, but once it’s uploaded, readers can select ePub, MOBI, or PDF for their own reading. Go try it out and see how the tool can serve your promotional needs.

New Tool from @InstaFreebie Lets Authors Share Their Books for Promos

Authors–and readers–can never have enough help with book discovery. Both self-published and traditionally published authors throw their books out there like the proverbial message in a bottle, hoping the waves carry them to readers everywhere. At the same time, readers are fighting to find meaningful, enjoyable books in their favorite genres, and are just waiting to connect with another great read.

Now, Libboo has launched a new tool (currently in public beta) that lets authors send out review copies of their books AND lets their audiences share the link to the free book with their own social networks. At the same time, the book can be DRM-protected or not as the author chooses, AND the author can track the book to the people who claimed free  copies, thus building a reader base.

Wanna see how it works? Sign up for a free account at InstaFreebie.com and then claim THIS free book today by clicking HERE! It really is that simple.

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Another Readioactive Title Gets Found at the Met in NY!

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Thanks to Judith Glynn for finding this book in New York and sending us a picture!

Our New Book Sharing Project is HERE!

In the last blog post, we promised you something big was coming. Before we can go into the big new thing, here’s an update on the current thing. You know, swapping book reviews.

We’ve had a great response and an exciting level of interest in authors who are willing to swap book reviews with other authors. Several authors have already received their review copies of some of the titles on our site, and we’ve already reviewed a fun title for one of them.

But here’s the big announcement:

Readioactive Books is launching a whole new book discovery project in which we get your books “out there,” literally! Authors who are interested in participating need only sign up for information via this site or our Facebook page at this time. In this project, we will send copies of your printed book to our affiliates all across the country, branded with Readioactive Books logo and QR code. Once the affiliates receive your books, they will leave them in prominent places for others to find. When readers discover your book, they will be rewarded for Tweeting a picture of themselves with your Readioactive branded title! After reading, they’ll also be rewarded for reviewing the title, and encouraged to sign the book with their Twitter handle and leave it for the next reader to find.

Don’t worry, ebook-only authors, we haven’t forgotten you either. We’ll create a laminate book-like object with the coupon code for your book and send that out there, too.

It’s that simple, and that fun!

For more information, sign up using the form below, and get reader to put your book out there!

A Whole New (Old) Concept in Book Discovery

Book discovery is something plagues every author, traditionally and self-published alike. Seriously, walk into any big box bookstore and take a guess how many individual titles there are on the shelves. It’d be like trying to guess the number of jelly beans in the jar at the State Fair.

Readioactive Books was formed literally to bring much-needed book discovery to quality titles in a way that authors could feasibly participate in. So, thanks to the brilliant idea from our UK friends across the pond, Readioactive will be setting up a whole new–but very old–concept in book discovery, coming in the very near future (basically, once we get our acts together and finally get past level 65 on Candy Crush).

Look for the announcement soon, and be ready to jump on board!

It’s Been A Crazy Three Days…

Readioactive Books officially launched not quite three days ago, and the response has already been tremendous. One of the hardest things about being an author–and that’s not discriminating against traditionally published, indie published, or self-published–is reaching an audience of readers with your work, and book fans have spent the last three days sharing the love for Readioactive. Thank you!

Now, here’s what we can do for you. The concept at Readioactive is to swap reviews. You have a book, I have a book, he has a book…let’s share our thoughts out there about the books! While we do have options for authors who don’t have the time to review others’ works, the purpose is the connectivity that comes from sharing a good book.

By the way, we love book reviewers and book bloggers! You don’t have to be an author to be a part of the community, and we even have special incentives for fans who review books from Readioactive but don’t have a title of their own to swap. Let us promote you and what you do for books!

However you choose to be a part of the Readioactive Books space, we appreciate you!

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