Free downloads from Scribd!Posted: September 6, 2010
Update: I don’t know if this still works, so if someone nice enough stumbles across this page, could you please try it and tell me if it worked in the comment section? TIA.
Today I found a possibly nice book on Scribd that I wanted to read. However, their Flash-based viewer absolutely sucks and I also want the book offline. But that book was part of the “Scribd Archive” and I needed to pay to view it.
Well, I’m not going to pay for something like that.
So, after a short round of trial and error, I found that Scribd can send you PDFs by e-mail. For any book. For free. The secret? You need to click the “Mobile” button (look for it), select Android (maybe others work, I only tried Android), select that the book should be sent to you by email (instead of SMS), input your email address and click “Send to my device”. Then, you’ll be greeted by a ready-to-download PDF (or plaintext, there’s an option for that) attachment. Start Evince/Okular/whatever and go read it
Note that I only tested this on one book, but it should work for most other books too. Also, it may require (free) registration with Scribd.