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Scribd adds premium magazine articles to its subscription service

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Document sharing service Scribd is expanding its subscription offering with the addition of premium magazine articles from Time, Fortune, Money, Bloomberg Businessweek, Entrepreneur, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, and others.

The inclusion of these articles supplements the company s existing content, including both audio and traditional books and, of course, documents.For $8.99 per month, users are able to get their fill of content and stories from multiple sources, with content rivaling that of Flipboard, Apple News, and even Amazon, to a certain degree.

Scribd s goal is to provide interesting reading to educated professionals through a model similar to what Netflix has done with subscription video, explained chief executive Trip Adler.Through its app, the company provides access to articles that would ordinarily be featured only in the printed version of the magazines.

While some will be newsy real-time pieces, Scribd is turning to longer form and even less time-sensitive articles as it seeks to differentiate itself from the news apps that have flooded the marketplace.

We ve always envisioned Scribd to be the reading destination that connects readers to the best written work, and magazine articles have been one of our most-requested features, Adler said.

By connecting books, audio books, documents, and now articles, around areas of interest, our members are now free to skim what s trending or dive deep into any subject.

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