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Now That They Have Audiobooks, CEO Explains Exactly What Scribd Is

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When you think of book subscription services, if you think about them, you probably think of Oyster first, regardless of the fact that Scribd offers nearly the same service. This morning, Scribd finally gave us a reason they might pull ahead in the race to be the “Netflix for Books.”

Scribd has added 30,000 audio books to their book subscription service. Considering both leading book subscription companies have partnerships with Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins, this is the first major play to put Scribd squarely ahead of Oyster in terms of offerings. Read More

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Oyster Cofounders Explain What Happens When You Combine Books and Big Data

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It’s easy to forget that Oyster, dubbed “The Netflix for Books” by every writer who’s covered them, has only really been around for a year. In that time, they’ve signed on two of the Big Five publishers, built a library of 500,000 books and basically made us forget that Scribd has been trying to contend for exactly the same space.

And at the heart of Oyster’s business is their recommendation engine — a recipe for bringing readers in and hooking them on book after book. On one end of that engine is their editorial offerings — curated collections that go beyond genre and into moods or themes like “The Science of Everyday Life.” This morning, they added more “book list” features, essentially allowing everyone from users to major authors to make their own literary playlists and share them with followers and friends. Read More

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Exclusive: Mahbod Moghadam Reveals Rocky Origins of Rap Genius

Rap Genius cofounders Tom Lehman, Ilan Zechory and Mahbod Moghadam.

(adapted from Chapter 5 of  entitled Rap Jesus)

When Rap Genius started in 2009, the name was Rap Exegesis — the words “Rap Exegesis” were literally the first words that came out of my mouth when Tom (Lehman — my co-founder/BFF) presented me with the concept. We worked on the site for six months with this name, and even though we loved it, we knew it would someday have to change because: Read More

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Just Give Up on Your Dreams Now Because ‘Rich Kids of Instagram’ Is Becoming a Novel

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Since it’s never too early to start planning your summer reading list, get excited about Rich Kids of Instagram…the novel

Yep, pieces of paper sewn together consisting of sentences about the lives of ostentatious teenagers who have too much money for their own good will be a thing that exists in this sick, cruel world. It will be released next June, presumably staged front and center at Urban Outfitters stores in malls everywhere. Read More