Well, I had to test Scribd with something. Why not use a document on the Massachusetts Life Sciences Industry?
Scribd is sort of like the YouTube of electronic paper. I found Scribd from TomJoe’s post about Life on Mars. His PowerPoint talk is really much more interesting than the life science document that I uploaded as a test, but since you’re here anyway, you might as well take a look.
What does Scribd do?
It solves the “waiting for another application to open” problem that I find so frustrating when I want to quickly read (okay, skim) a pdf document that’s linked from something on the web. One of my web browsers (Safari) has decided that all pdfs are really Quick Time movies in disguise and presents them as such. My other web browser (FireFox) simply downloads the documents without any kind of feedback loop to notify me that the download has happened or where it went.
Scribd lets me see the document in the web page and decide for myself if I want to enlarge it or download it. It’s also fast. Yeah! No more losing years of my life while waiting for Acrobat Reader to launch.
Give it a try. The subject matter may only interest a few of you, but the method for presenting it (Scribd) will interest more.