Scribd Founder Envisions Google Glass–like Wearables For E–Reading

The content on Scribd, the San–Francisco based startup that aims to create the digital library of the future, is available on a range of devices, from laptops to smartphones to tablets. But CEO Trip Adler tells Fast Company we won't be reading e–books in our hands in the future––they'll be projected right in front of our eyes. On Oct. 1, the company launched a partnership with HarperCollins, which is making the majority of its titles accessible to Scribd subscribers for $8.99 per month. Adler believes the service positions Scribd as a sort of Netflix for the book space. While its catalog of e–books are readable on devices like iPads and iPhones though, there are some glaring exceptions: Scribd content can't be read on e–readers such as Amazon's Kindle or Barnes & Noble's Nook. But Adler has no plans to build similar hardware; rather, he envisions a day when Scribd will build what he calls "reading goggles." "If we're going to build hardware, the thing we want to do is build reading goggles, so you can do hands–free reading," Adler says. "It's a little bit of a crazy idea, and I think it's a long way away for us, but there is already a number of e–readers out there, and I don't think people need yet another device."Read Full Story     Continue reading at 'Fast Company'

[ Fast Company | 2013-10-07 00:00:00 UTC ]
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