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Simon & Schuster Joins Scribd, Oyster eBook Subscription Service Libraries (GalleyCat)
Simon & Schuster has established a partnership with Scribd and Oyster. Readers will now have access to the publisher’s backlist eBook titles. GigaOM eBook subscription sites are still young — both Oyster and the reinvented Scribd, which offer users unlimited access to a library of eBooks for under $10 a month, just launched last fall. In that time, one of the questions for these services has been whether big publishers would sign up. Until now, the only Big Five publisher participating in either service had been HarperCollins. Mashable As part of the agreement, Simon & Schuster will make available its entire backlist of thousands of books. Eric Stromberg, cofounder and CEO of Oyster, framed the deal as a strong endorsement for the eBook subscription market, or as he put it, the access model. WSJ Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins both view the services as a way to jump-start sales of older books. Both publishers have limited what they make available to titles that have been in print for at least a year. The Oyster and Scribd deals are “an experiment, but it’s a serious experiment,” said Carolyn Reidy, chief executive of Simon & Schuster, a unit of CBS Corp. Simon & Schuster also has experimented with providing books to another kind of subscription service, one now called Entitle Books Inc., which lets consumers buy a certain number of books for a set price every month. Forbes The deal includes authors like Stephen King — the most searched author in the Oyster platform — and Ernest Hemingway, who is No. 5. Other names snagged in the deal include Dan Brown, Mary Higgins Clark, Ray Bradbury and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Dorothy Robinson Out as Editor of Metro

MetroNewspapersLogoDorothy Robinson is no longer the editor-in-chief of Metro US. According to a memo obtained by The New York Observer, Robinson is “stepping down from her role as editor-in-chief to pursue other opportunities.” Robinson was promoted to editor in January. She had been with Metro since 2004.

In the same memo, Yggers Mortinson, Metro’s CEO, wrote, “We respect and support her decision and I would like to thank her for all her hard work at Metro US over the past 10 years.”

Aleksander Korab will be taking over Robinson’s role for the time being. A successor will be named later.

Want to Go to Space? Metro US Hopes So

Who doesn’t want to go to space?

That’s what Metro US is banking on – space’s universal appeal.

The newspaper company is sending one of its readers to the final frontier. Race to Space is a competition that begins today and through a collaboration with SXC – Space Expedition Curacao, the organization that will make the voyage possible.

To enter, readers have to submit an inspiring reason on why they deserve to go to space as well as take a quiz to test their knowledge of outer space.  Each Metro country will select one local nominee based on the number of Facebook “likes” and the quality of the submission and send their nominees to the global jury – comprised of members of both SXC and Metro International. In-depth interviews will be conducted before selecting the astronaut-to-be.

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Karl Lagerfeld Guest Edits Metro, Proves He’s Still Weird

Karl Lagerfeld has guest-edited Metro World News for some reason, and of course he had to chime in on recent headlines — including a new Newsweek article that painted him as overrated. As always, Lagerfeld’s comments were weird as hell. He told Metro that he didn’t appreciate the article, and since he had never heard of the writer, the piece was obviously crap.

Then he moved on to his thoughts on Tina Brown. “I feel sorry for Tina Brown that her paper is really going down,” said Lagerfeld. “It’s so skinny, it’s really what we call a ‘diet issue’ because it has no advertising and she certainly will not get advertising with this kind of article.”

The “we” he refers to must be all his friends who sit around and discuss magazine ad sales. We hear their gatherings can get quite rowdy.

Lagerfeld wasn’t finished there. He called Adeletoo fat,” Russian men “very ugly,” said that he never votes because he knows too much about the political world and insisted that Michelle Obama once asked a designer why he didn’t “like her big black ass.”

We have nothing further to add.

Lady Gaga is Now a News Editor

First Lady Gaga got a monthly column gig with V magazine. But that wasn’t enough for the fame monster! Now she will serve as global guest editor-in-chief for all May 17 editions of Metro, a free subway news daily. She will edit Metro’s editions in 20 countries from the London office of Metro World News, Metro’s central news desk.

New York Observer reports that in addition to editing/writing a feature, she will comment on stories throughout the issue and contribute sidebars.

As part of the global guest editorship, Metro is also running a contest where one reader will be chosen as Lady Gaga’s editorial assistant. Admit it, you’re interested.

How L.A. Envisioned Public Transit In The 80′s

Local blogger Chimatli posted this map on LAEastside.com. They write:

While looking through some old papers that belonged to my grandmother, I found this map from the early 1980s of Los Angeles’ projected Metro rail system. It was part of a promotional package sent to Los Angeles city residents. More than twenty years later and sadly only a few of those lines became reality.

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Metro Reveals New Look

metro.jpgStarting on Monday, the free newspaper Metro will unveil a new design in its New York, Boston and Philadelphia editions (see right).

The new look will include a “sleeker design and more sophisticated look while maintaining the concise, contemporary and colorful elements readers look for every day,” said publisher Metro International. The paper will also now have an “oversized masthead,” new “bold” headline fonts and an updated color palette. Seems like they’re giving up inches previously dedicated to content to a new stylish design meant to draw in readers of the free pub.

The Metro‘s content will now be split into three sections: news, “My Metro,” and sports. Metro will also feature contributions of “industry experts,” many of which come from the Web, like Chow.com, Thrillist, DealBreaker.com, Geeksugar and Flavorpill as well as traditional media like CNN, Fodor’s and Conde Nast magazines Self, Wired and Lucky.

“Heightened expert analysis, commentary, powerful pictures and reader views will enhance Metro‘s editorial core keeping the news dynamic, fresh and interesting,” said Tony Metcalf, Metro U.S.‘s editor-in-chief. “Metro is known to innovate, changing print and design history several times, and leading the pack in targeting the hard-to-reach metropolitan. This redesign is the next stage of that.”

Related: Newsday‘s New Look

Metro Sells U.S. Papers To Ex-CEO

metro.pngSwedish newspaper publisher Metro International has agreed to sell its three U.S. papers to Seabay Media, a company founded by Pelle Törnberg, Metro’s former CEO.

Metro publishes three daily U.S. editions of its free paper, in New York, Philadelphia and Boston. The U.S. papers have a combined circulation of 590,000 daily and reach around 1.2 million readers, which Metro said is “the biggest advertising market in the world.”

Metro’s president and CEO, Per Mikael Jensen, admitted that the U.S. operations had suffered losses, but added, “After a rough 2007, we have seen many improvements in Metro USA and losses have decreased significantly

The full release is after the jump.

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Metro USA Drops Associated Press Content

metro_logo.jpgThe Metro, the free daily paper we all pick up when getting on the train, which also publishes in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia has decided to terminate its contract with the AP and focus more on original content.

Says editor-in-chief Tony Metcalf: “We believe that the future of our titles lies in producing as much of our own material as possible. Encouraging existing staff to write more and employing new writers gives us a higher degree of flexibility and results in a product which is more relevant to the young, professional audience we, and our advertisers, seek.”

Also, as we all know, the AP is expensive and now that the City section is on its last legs there’s plenty of writers looking for a place to tell their local stories. Full release after the jump.

*Update* Statement from the AP: “The Associated Press understands that a lot of newspaper companies are reexamining their strategies in this challenging economic climate. Metro remains an international customer of the AP.”

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Metro Wants to be Beautiful for a Day

metrogg.pngMaybe this is what it takes to save newspapers! A while back we told you how the New York Times is bringing Bono on as a regular contributor to their op-ed pages next year. And now comes word that the daily paper Metro (the one we all get on the way into the subway), which is actually published in 20 countries and more than 150 cities, will be guest-edited on Nov. 17 by James Blunt. Seriously. According to the release:

Alongside editing the paper and commenting on news affecting readers around the world, James will be involved in a feature on Medecins Sans Frontieres, an international medical humanitarian organization James supports and which Metro Newspapers have worked closely with for a number of years.