Official Press Release
Scribd, the world’s largest social publishing and reading site, today announced the full-scale launch and availability of its free and DRM-free library of written content — including tens of millions of books, magazines, newspapers, presentations, research and more — from Flash to HTML5, the popular new web development language. The move allows people to consume any written work with just a web browser, providing a vastly superior reading experience on any device. It also presents new revenue opportunities for publishers.
To commemorate the milestone and as part of a longer-term content partnership, today at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in NYC, Liquid Comics, with titles from Guy Ritchie and Deepak Chopra, among others, announced it will offer hundreds of graphic novels and comics on Scribd; Liquid Comics joins tens of thousands of other publishers, media companies, corporations and organizations that are already sharing free and for-purchase content on the site.
“Publishers benefit from HTML5 tremendously,” said Jared Friedman, co-founder and CTO of Scribd. “The distribution of their content across the social web and mobile platforms becomes virtually automatic — no technology barriers between them and their readers, no need to build native mobile apps, an ability to easily insert multi-media or advertising into their content. The possibilities are endless.”
“The future of comic books is digital and partners like Scribd enable us to potentially reach millions of new readers,” said Sharad Devarajan, CEO and co-founder of Liquid Comics (formerly known as Virgin Comics). “That’s why we’re giving a number of our comics away for free. Not only does HTML5 on Scribd make the books look amazing, it also allows us to insert innovative video ads between pages. We’re very excited about the partnership.”