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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.

OverDrive Expands With Japanese Partner

overdrive304Digital book distributor OverDrive has partnered with Japanese publisher aggregator MediaDo to bring more Japanese content to public libraries and school libraries worldwide. MediaDo has already gotten the right to distribute about 9,000 Japanese eBooks through OverDrive’s global network.

The partnership will bring manga and Japanese adult fiction titles to the OverDrive network. In addition, OverDrive’s 1 million+ eBook ad audiobook catalog and digital distribution platform will now be available in Japanese libraries and schools.

“We are honored to join MediaDo in forming OverDrive Japan,” explained Steve Potash, OverDrive’s CEO, in a statement. “Japanese content has proven popular throughout the world, and we are delighted to lead the world in making it available to libraries and schools around the world, initially in the Japanese language and ultimately in English and other languages via translation.”

Oyster Now Counts 500k Books in Subscription Collection

oysterperseusOyster, the eBook subscription service that has been referred to as “the Netflix of eBooks,” now has 500,000 eBooks in its lending library.

New titles include: How Music Works by David ByrneFlight Behavior by Barbara KingsolverTelegraph Avenue by Michael ChabonThe Cider House Rules by John Irving and It Chooses You by Miranda July.

This is huge growth for the company’s catalog which counted only about 100,000 titles a few months back. The company raised $14 million in funding back in January and has since been expanding its publisher partnerships. The service launched kids books in February.

The service allows users access to its entire collection of books for a $9.95 a month subscription fee.

Kiera Cass to Pen a ‘Selection’ Prequel Novella

PrintKiera Cass has concluded The Selection trilogy with the final installment, The One. Two days after the release, Cass revealed on her website that she will be working on a prequel Selection project.

The Queen novella follows Prince Maxon’s mother, Amberly, as she competes in her own ‘Selection’ contest. HarperTeen Impulse has not announced a publication date.

In the past, Cass has written two Selection novellasThe Prince and The Guard. Earlier this year, the publisher released a print book called The Selection Stories which contains both novellas and a 3-chapter excerpt from The One.

The Navy to Give Preloaded eReaders to Sailors

nerdThe Navy General Library Program (NGLP) is making eBooks available to sailors through a new partnership with digital book delivery service Findaway World.

The company is allowing the Navy to preload eReaders with books and lend the devices to sailors. The devices are nicknamed “NeRD” and come preloaded with 300 titles. were developed as part of the Navy’s Morale Welfare and Recreation program. The catalog includes eBooks in various genres including bestsellers, classics, professional development and entertainment, all chosen by the Navy.

“Navy Installations Command is constantly seeking to provide our proud Sailors around the world with new tools and resources that can enrich their lives,” explained Nellie Moffitt, Navy General Library program manager in a statement. “NeRD addresses this goal head-on, with a library of digital titles in a convenient and secure package that circumvents longstanding NGLP challenges in content storage.”

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