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Scribd expands its subscription ebook app to Kindle Fire

Scribd expands its subscription ebook app to Kindle Fire

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Scribd has arrived on the Kindle Fire. The document sharing and ebook subscription service is launching an app for Amazon's tablets today, giving Kindle Fire owners a way to begin storing Scribd content, rather than just browsing its website as they could before. Though Scribd already offers apps for iOS and Android, launching on other platforms — especially on one with an eye toward reading — is an increasingly valuable step: Scribd launched a subscription ebook rental service last October, and the only way to store books for offline reading has been to use one of its apps.

The subscription service includes over 100,000 books, with its catalog's most notable support coming from HarperCollins. Like other subscription ebook services, Scribd is yet to sign all — or even most — major book publishers, potentially making its offer a nonstarter for voracious or picky readers. Scribd thinks its launch on Kindle Fire will be a crowd pleaser nonetheless, saying that it's been a highly demanded offering from its existing users. It isn't very different from Scribd's Android app, but that's not a bad thing: Scribd on the Kindle Fire appears to be as clean and simple as ever.