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Perseus Books Now Available Through Scribd’s eBook Subscription Service

scribdappeBook subscription service Scribd has announced a new partnership with Perseus Books.

The partnership brings thousands of Perseus titles to the Scribd collection. This means that titles including: Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger, Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin and Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy will now be available through the eBook subscription service.

Scribd members can access the entire collection of Scribd eBooks for a subscription fee of $8.99 a month.

Target to Sell eBooks

librifyBig box retailer Target has teamed up with eBook subscription startup Librify to offer eBooks for sale, as well as a platform to have online discussions about books.

The program will be curated by Target employees who will select a book of the month to promote to readers. The goal is to get readers to use Target’s website as a destination for their online book clubs.

USA Today has the news: “The service will be targeted at women, especially young professionals and moms of the coveted Millennial generation. Target is vague on the details at this point, saying more will be revealed this summer. But Stone Herman says there will be promotions and discounts for Target shoppers who arrive at librify.com through Target’s website, and in-store displays will promote the partnership.”

Smashwords CEO Considers What Amazon Hachette Dispute Means For Indie Authors

smashwords304Mark Coker, the founder of the self-publishing site Smashwords, has given a lot of thought to the Amazon Hachette negotiation troubles.

In a blog post about the issue, Coker mulls what this battle means for indie authors. Here is an excerpt:

The dispute with Hachette foreshadows what comes next for indie ebook authors at Amazon who have grown comfortable to KDP’s 70% royalty rates. Think about my divide and conquer reference above.  Indies are already divided and conquered at Amazon, but most don’t realize this.  These indies all have direct-upload relationships with Amazon.  They don’t have the collective bargaining power of a large publisher to advocate on their behalf.  As the unfolding events indicate, it’s questionable if even a large publisher has leverage over Amazon.

 

Gallery Books to Publish Wattpad Sensation ‘After’

afterSimon & Schuster’s Gallery Books has signed Anna Todd‘s Wattpad sensation After. The three-part story has garnered more than 800 million reads and regularly trends on Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

Here is more about the series from the Wattpad page: “This ongoing trilogy tells the story of Tessa Young, an optimistic freshman at Washington State University, and the dark, troubled guy who has stolen her heart. After is reading that you can’t get enough of: a story as addictive as TV with new chapters added every few days.”

The publisher will publish the series of books in both eBook and print editions. The first title in the series will come out this fall, and the second and third books are slated for early 2015. ”Anna used Wattpad’s mobile and social storytelling features to captivate millions of readers with After,” stated Jennifer Bergstrom, Publisher of Gallery Books.  ”We are thrilled to be able to reach an even broader audience in book form.” Read more

Publishers Weekly Releases eBook Guide to Publishing & Self-Publishing

pwlogoPublishers Weekly has published a self-published eBook guide. Publishing 101: The Publishers Weekly Introduction to Publishing and Self-Publishing is designed to help authors navigate every step of the publishing process.

Written by journalist Rachel Deahl the book takes readers through the various steps that writers should prepare for when self-publishing. The ebook includes insights on relationships with agents, editors, publicists and publishing houses. There are tips on what to look for in a contract, as well as the pros and cons of working with the various self-publishing platforms.

Earlier this week, the trade publisher revealed plans for a new self-publishing focused website. Next week, Publishers Weekly will launch BookLife, a website dedicated to self-publishing.

Simon & Schuster Joins Scribd & Oyster’s eBook Subscription Service Library

S&S 304Simon & Schuster has established a partnership with Scribd and Oyster.

Readers will now have access to the publisher’s backlist eBook titles. Some of the books now available through these two eBook subscription services include 11/22/63 by Stephen King, The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner, and How to be Compassionate by The Dalai Lama.

CEO Carolyn Reidy had this statement in the press release: “Consumers have clearly taken to subscription models for other media, and we expect that our participation in these services will encourage discovery of our books, grow the audience and expand our retail reach for our authors, and create new revenue streams under an author-friendly, advantageous business model for both author and publisher. We are delighted to work with Scribd and Oyster to offer this exciting new model for readers to find and read eBooks, and to do so in a manner that respects the value of our authors’ creative endeavors and supports our mutual goals of selling the most possible copies of their books.”

Slicebooks Signs Lonely Planet, IPG & Globe Pequot Among Others

gI_96531_Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 3.54.57 PMDigital publishing and retail platform Slicebooks has grown their list of content partners to more than 280 publishers. New clients include: Lonely Planet, Globe Pequot, FranklinCovey, Rowman & Littlefield, NBN and the Independent Publishers Group (IPG).

Slicebooks is also launching a new eBook store on May 29th. The store will allow publishers to sell whole eBooks, as well as let them mix and match the content that the want to sell. Readers can also ”slice and remix” the content that they want to buy through Slicebooks’ new eBook Remix app.

“The integration of the new Slicebooks Store with our services platform gives publishers an automatic publishing path to a store designed specifically to feature their newly repackaged content,” stated Jill Tomich, Slicebooks CEO. “We aim to build an open global repository of content that gives both academic and trade consumers complete choice — get content whole, by-the-slice or mix and match to customize your own eBook. “

Smashwords Books Are Coming to a Library Near You

smashwords304Self-publishing giant Smashwords has partnered with library eBook distribution company OverDrive to make 200,000 self-published titles available in public libraries.

Through the partnership, the Smashwords collection will be available in libraries around the globe. Participating authors span genres and include: Amy Miles, Brian S. Pratt, Chanda Hahn, Colleen Hoover, GJ Walker-Smith, Jamie McGuire, JD Nixon, Kirsty Moseley, Kristen Ashley, Lauren Blakely, Melody Grace, Natasha Preston, Quinn Loftis, R.L. Mathewson, Randolph Lalonde, Shayne Parkinson and T C Southwell.

Rather than having to go through the collection on an author-by-author basis, libraries will be given the option to purchase the complete Smashwords catalog. They can select the top 100, 500 or 1,000 bestselling books. In addition, Smashwords will curated shopping lists by genre.

Readers will be able to borrow one copy of each eBook an unlimited number of times. In addition, there will be an option for readers to buy the eBook from their local library through OverDrive’s “Buy It Now” feature.

Publishers Lunch Excerpts Most Buzzed About Upcoming Books in Free eBook Collection

buzzbooksPublishers Lunch has released Buzz Books, a free eBook collection of excerpts from “32 of the most buzzed-about books scheduled for publication this fall and winter.”

Buzz Books 2014 Fall/Winter includes excerpts from: Audrey Magee’s The Undertaking; Matthew Thomas’ We Are Not Ourselves; Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist; and Neil Patrick Harris’ Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, among many others.

In addition, Publishers Lunch has also published Buzz Books 2014: Young Adult, a similar collection of excerpts for YA novels. The book includes excerpts from Meg Wolitzer‘s Belzhar; Ellen Hopkins’ Rumble; Eric Kahn Gale’s The Zoo at the Edge of the World; and Tanuja Desai Hidier’s Bombay Blues, among others.

Both titles are available to readers in the U.S. for free through NetGalley.

Lonely Planet Titles Now Available on Scribd

scribdBack in March, Scribd announced the launch of a travel category through its eBook subscription service through a partnership with guidebook publisher Lonely Planet.

Lonely Planet’s guidebooks are now available through Scribd’s monthly subscription service. The collection includes hundreds of eBook travel guides for destinations around the world including: Paris, London, New York City, Japan and New Zealand.

Scribd members can access the entire collection of Scribd eBooks for a subscription fee of $8.99 a month.

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