Have you ever wondered what your home country says about your reading interests and habits? Well, we’ve got a few insights – and some of the results might surprise you!
Thanks to our growing international community, we now have quite a few fun facts to share with you. So, we’ve created an international infographic so we could easily share some of our favorite figures: Popular Books By Country; Reading Speed By Country; Most Likely to Finish a Book; and Most Popular Book Genres.
Did you know that Germans are zipping through books faster than anyone else in the world? Or that Canadians are the most likely to read a book until the end?
Some countries’ reading interests are perfectly in line with their national identities: the Brazilians, for example, are keeping their beach bodies by reading about Superfoods. Others are a bit more surprising – like the British, who are very interested in sushi!
Genre preferences might surprise you as well: readers in Uruguay are getting hot and heavy with Romance titles, whereas in Spain, business books are the thing to read.
We’re incredibly excited to announce that Scribd has been featured in the May edition of MORE magazine. Copies hit newsstands on April 22nd, so mark your calendars - there’s a surprise waiting inside for all you for bookworms out there.
The feature kicks off Scribd summer reading with four new collections curated by the editors of MORE: Biographies and Memoirs, Noteworthy Novels, Classics Worth Revisiting, Food for Thought. Who knows – you could find your new favorite book!
Biographies and Memoirs
Spanning from funny to sentimental, from glamorous to utterly relatable, this collection of bios and memoirs sure is full of character.
If you’re in the mood for a story so engrossing you could practically make a flip-book of the pages, this is the collection for you.
Classics Worth Revisiting
Whether you remember reading these classics in high school or you remember reading their Cliff’s Notes synopses, each of these novels is definitely worth a second (or first) read.
Food for Thought
With all this reading, you’re bound to work up a healthy appetite this summer! Thank goodness this collection features More’s editor picks for yummy recipes and delightful food narratives.
Four new collections! This should keep you busy for awhile…
We’re excited to announce that on Tuesday, April 29, we will welcome Lonely Planet author and international travel writer sensation Don George to the Scribd Author Series! Don George is author of the “travel writers’ bible”, The Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing. This event will celebrate our partnership with Lonely Planet and our ever-expanding international reader base.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel the world and get paid to write about it? Or perhaps you just want to hear from someone who has seen it all? Join us for a talk on travel writing and seeing the world. Plus, you’ll get a free book and some wine.
Fans and members of the San Francisco reading and writing community are invited to join us for a free, intimate evening event with Don George. The event will include a talk from the author and a Q&A session, followed by a meet-and-greet and book signing with the legend himself. We’ll have refreshments and take-home goodies to hand out, including some Scribd subscriptions. We ask that anyone interested in attending RSVP here.
Can’t be here in person? That’s okay! We will be sharing photos and video after the event. And if you do have any questions leading up to the event, just tweet it to us at @Scribd—make sure to include the hashtag #ScribdAuthors. We’ll be live-tweeting the event if you want to follow along, and videos of the Q&A will be available on YouTube afterwards.
You can start gearing up for the visit by reading The Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing and all of Lonely Planet’s other guidebooks on Scribd now. For being a new reader, we’ll even throw in our promo code for you for a few free months of reading.
See you soon!
Today is April 1st, and you know what that means….it’s April Fools’ Day! We thought that this year, we’d save the pranking for our friends and family and make our readers laugh instead. So, here it is: the ultimate Humor collection. Whether you go for memoir, funny guide books, and short and sweets, we bet any book in this collection have you cracking up within the first few pages.
Passive Agressive Notes
Both entertaining and therapeutic, this collection of gripes and groans from the office to the kitchen will have you laughing out loud instantly.
Sarah Silverman is famous for being crude, outspoken, and just plain hilarious. But she wasn’t always this way…famous, that is.
Cyanide and Happiness
The sensational online comics of Cyanide and Happiness are now together for the first time in book form! They’re known to be tad offensive but then again, what good jokes aren’t?
Little Pink Raincoat
If you’re the kind of person that lives for Sex and the City, shopping shenanigans, and romantic sexploits in general, give this collection of chuckle-worthy close-ups a chance.
If none of these books tickle your funny bone, don’t fret – we’ve got lots more humor headed your way right here. Happy April Fools’ Day!
Reading is, in itself, a form of travel. Any bookworm can agree – often a novel set in an distant land or about an exotic culture can transport you instantly into another world. Our new travel collection is a nod to that amazing feeling books can give us. We’ve coupled some of our favorite travel narratives and memoirs with Lonely Planet guidebooks to those very same places. Prepare to be inspired (to take a vacation).
Cuba – Cuba Diaries: An American Housewife in Havana
In this diary, Isadora Tattlin takes readers on a vibrant, explicit, and often hilarious trip back to Cuba during the 1950′s from the perspective of a young American mother.
Greece – Greece on My Wheels
In this enchanting exploration of motorcycle journeys, Edward Enfield will take readers on a mini-Odyssey of both mainland Greece and its famous islands.
The Middle East – Walking the Bible
Walking the Bible is the story of one man’s personal quest to re-enact famous stories from the Bible. From crossing the Red Sea, to climbing Mount Sinai, Bruce Feiler’s entire journey is incredibly memorable.
The Grand Canyon – Down the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell’s 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon
Though the Grand Canyon is now known as one of this country’s greatest tourist attractions, there was a time when visiting the canyon was both dangerous and unknown. This is the story of that adventure.
Feel like you’re ready to plan your next adventure now? Check out this collection of Lonely Planet’s Top Destinations for 2014.
Calling all travelers! We’ve got some amazing news: Scribd is partnering with award-winning travel guide publisher Lonely Planet to offer subscribers unlimited access to hundreds of bestselling guidebooks. And, we’re making their guidebooks even more reader-friendly by adding bookmarking to our mobile and web features.
To celebrate, we’re holding a week long contest on Pinterest asking: Where in the world would you love to curl up with a good book? To enter, just pin your idea of a perfect book nook, near or far. The first 30 entrants will get a free 3-month Scribd subscription, and one lucky bookworm will an iPad mini, a $500 airline voucher, and a year long subscription to Scribd!* Plus, we’ll share our favorite submissions on our “Read Around the World” Pinterest board.
If you need some inspiration, look no further than our new travel collection, where Rachel Shukert show you around Europe, John Baxter will take you to Paris, and Colin Thubron lead you on a journey through Tibet. (And we’ve paired each travel narrative with the Lonely Planet guide to its setting!) Or, check out Lonely Planet’s top destinations for 2014.
*For more information, visit our official contest page.