By Harry McCracken | Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 9:19 am
Scribd–the site that lets anyone publish, share, and embed documents of all sorts–is making its way from the browser onto phones and e-readers. The company is launching a feature today that lets you transmit Scribd documents you’re reading online to portable devices with a few clicks. It’s handy and very, very simple.
The options you see when you’re reading a Scribd document in your broswer now include a Mobile button:
Click on it, and you get a far-flung device list–including not only biggies like the Kindle and iPhone but also upstarts such as the enTourage eDGe e-reader. Depending on the device, you can use a text message and/or e-mail to send a link to the Scribd document:
And here’s the Scribd document on my iPhone (where it’s a PDF I downloaded via a text-message link):
This feature works particularly well for short documents you only plan to read once. The Scribd folks say they plant to build full-blown e-reading applications for a bunch of platforms, starting with iPhone and Android, and release them in the coming months. They’re also developing an API which will let developers of other apps and gadgets build Scribd compatibility right in.