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Scribd ebook subscription plan expands with 1,000 premium magazines

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Scribd, the company best known as a platform for hosting documents, is also home to an ebook subscription service that provides access to a large library of fiction and non-fiction digital books. Though the service revolves around ebooks, Scribd has dabbled with other types of content in the past — it offered digital comic books for a while, for example, before removing them. The latest arrival are digital magazines.

Scribd already offered a select number of digital magazines to its subscribers. On Tuesday, the company announced that it has expanded that library with more than 1,000 ‘premium’ magazine offerings from around the globe. With this expansion, Scribd joins a handful of companies offering extensive access to worldwide magazine titles.

The new magazine offerings come from more than 25 countries, including the US, UK, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, Spain, Singapore, and others. Scribd subscribers are given full access to these magazines, including the most recent issue and the articles. The subscription price will remain at $9.99/month, however.

In addition to ebooks and the new magazines, Scribd also offers various audiobooks on its platform. The company says that the amount of time spent listening to these audiobooks and reading ebooks on its platform increased by 50-percent over the past year, underscoring the popular transition from physical books to digital media.

Commenting about the new offering is Scribd CEO Trip Adler, who said:

Scribd introduced the first 30 magazine publications onto the platform in 2017 to appeal to a wide audience of readers while driving incremental revenue back to publishers. Over the last two years, we have seen the number of hours spent reading magazine articles increase by more than 50%. Now that we’re adding hundreds of new titles and expanding our catalog to appeal to a more global audience, we anticipate seeing reading activity grow even more.

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Motorola Moto X30 Pro Will Have An Unusual Camera System

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This is just the tip of the iceberg for the Moto X30 Pro. The strangest thing about the model won’t be its unusually large camera sensor, especially since Xiaomi already claimed that crown. Instead, it will be the use of three focal lengths in the camera system that could mean the removal of one traditional part of that group.

Motorola’s Weibo account revealed that the Moto X30 Pro will have a 35mm focal point at its widest. This will be joined by a 50mm telephoto that could have a 2x magnification, as well as an 80mm longer telephoto option. If this is an accurate description, it would suggest that the phone will ditch the ultra-wide shooter in favor of two telephoto cameras when some of its peers opt to eschew telephoto cameras to make way for a macro alternative.

Whether this will give the Moto X30 Pro an actual advantage over other high-end phones this year remains to be seen, literally. It sounds almost like a mixed bag, at least in the camera department, though the rest of the rumored specs are on par for a 2022 flagship. The Moto X30 Pro, which could go by the name Motorola Frontier in global markets, is expected to run on a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, bear a 6.67-inch 144Hz OLED screen, and boast 125W super-fast charging for its modest 4,500mAh battery.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG EQE First Drive: Electrified Luxury Gets A Sports Upgrade

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AMG promises performance magic, upgrading the EQE EV sedan with supercar-rivaling power to go with a lavish, tech-filled cabin. Can it deliver soul with speed?

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How To Fix Amazon Prime Video Not Streaming In 4K

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Not all Amazon Prime Video titles are available in 4K quality. Older movies and shows often do not support that format, and even some newer flicks will still be unavailable for a variety of reasons ranging from licensing to technical difficulties. As a result, your title of choice might look less-than-perfect, not due to a fault on Amazon’s end, but simply because that title may not support 4K in the first place. 

Amazon has a list of titles available in 4K, so checking whether the one you’re trying to watch is, is fairly easy. You can see all the 4K offerings by heading over to the official Amazon website. The list is not very intuitive in the sense that you can’t check for specifics within the results as this is already a narrowed-down list. However, you can also simply type in the title of your movie or show into the search bar above to check whether it’s available on Prime Video and in 4K.

You can also search directly on Amazon Prime Video. Any variation of “4K,” “4K movies ultra HD,” “4K film,” or even something more specific like “4K romantic comedies” should produce a list of titles that you can watch right now. If you managed to locate your title on one of these lists and yet it still looks underwhelming, there may be other issues at hand.

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