Hoping to do for the written word what iTunes did for music, the online document-sharing service Scribd is opening an internet store that will offer new sales opportunities for publishers and authors -- including teachers, professors, and others who have written educational texts -- and could spawn more bargains for students and other readers.

Scribd's commercial channel, which debuted May 18, marks the first time the 2-year-old service has charged for the material posted on its web site. It claims to have amassed 35 billion words in an eclectic mix of books, essays, PowerPoint presentations, legal briefs, and other documents.

Until now,


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