Scribd Release A New Mobile Reading App Float For iOS

Sometimes its a bit difficult to reading anything in Scribd through your mobile browser. To solve this problem Scribd release a new mobile reading app Float for iOS. So now iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad what ever you use you can easily read what you want in Scribd. Here you can also link your Facebook, Twitter, and Scribd accounts to Float and easily share content with those sites. You are also allowed to customize how the page appears much like you can using e-reading apps in Kindle and Nook, you can changing the font size or choosing a sepia tone or a night reading mode with a black background. We found a lot information from news.cnet. Checkout more detail according to news.cnet.

News.cnet met with Scribd CEO and co-founder Trip Adler prior to launch and he showed them the new app in action. It’s actually difficult to describe exactly what it does, but imagine it as a cross between Flipboard, Instapaper, and a filtered Twitter feed (see video below). You select various areas of interest and pick favorite Web sites to “follow” and you get stories delivered to you in a constantly updated feed. You can then select stories to view or store in your “library” for later viewing (iOS 5, which comes out this fall, will integrate a similar reading list option into Safari that allows you to save articles for later viewing).

At first News.cnet thought the technology was some flavor of HTML5 but Adler says, “This goes beyond HTML5. It’s next-generation technology.” Apparently Float refers to the concept of a “floating text” reading experience.

The basic idea is that it can be hard to read full Web pages on smaller devices like smartphones, so Float strips down those Web pages and converts them on the fly to the Float format. Scraping content like this tends to anger content owners, which is why Scribd has partnered with 150 Web sites, including, The Associated Press, The Atlantic, Engadget, Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, HuffingtonPost, InStyle, People, Salon, Scientific American, TheStreet, TechCrunch, Time, Wired, and three CBS Interactive properties:, CHOW, and CNET (CHOW and CNET are owned by CBS) to display content in the new format.

“Float was developed in proactive partnership with publishers in order to build long-term revenue opportunities and ensure readers access to the best content,” the press release says. “Along with advertising, premium content from publications will begin rolling out later this year via a simple subscription plan.” Yes, at some point, Scribd will try to monetize this customized reading experience, and will be working toward revenue-sharing deals for content that sits behind paywalls (such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal).

Here’s Float’s bullet list of features:

* Content from more than 150 popular Web sites and blogs
* Floating text that can move up and down like a browser or left to right like a book
* A “reading list” for offline reading
* A “feed” with reading recommendations from your friends and followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Scribd
* A “library” that allows you to archive and organize all your reading by date, publisher, and title
* One-touch font magnification
* A dozen customized reading styles including nighttime and sunlight reading
* Two-click sharing back to Facebook, Twitter, Scribd, or e-mail
* Synchronization with all content to

The company says that Float is available starts in 19th July as a product suite, including a Web app, a Web bookmarklet, and an iPhone app available for free from Apple’s App Store. To check it out, download the app or go to (yes, Scribd bought the URL). Adler says that an Android app will be available later this year along with an iPad app.

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