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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.”

Make a Soundtrack to Your Book Using Booktrack

booktrackWant to add music to your eBook? Check out Booktrack, a tool designed for self-published writers and publishers to add soundtracks to their eBooks.

The tool lets you upload a book or write one within their platform. Then you can add music, ambient sounds and effects from Booktrack’s library of free sounds. The collection includes thousands of prerecorded tracks that you can use to layer into your text. You can decide when the track plays for a reader to help set the mood. For example, perhaps Chapter 2 needs to start with the sound of crashing waves as the reader loads the page.

If you’d like to test it out without having to first upload your work, you can play around with public domain texts that are readily available through the platform. Follow this link to see a video for the platform.

 

‘For Dummies’ Books Now Available Through Scribd

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Scribd has partnered with Wiley to bring the entire catalog of Wiley’s “For Dummies” books to its eBook subscription service.

Scribd subscribers can now access more than 1,000 “For Dummies” eBooks through the platform. Scribd currently has more than 80 million subscribers to its eBook subscription service. The platform lets customers read an unlimited amount of books for an $8.99 monthly subscription fee.

“Subscription e-books are a perfect fit for educational and instructional books. When learning a skill or teaching yourself something new, what could be more convenient than having all the information you need, right in your pocket?” explained Trip Adler, CEO and co-founder of Scribd, in a statement.  “Scribd provides a great value by giving readers unlimited access to the most popular titles for one monthly price. The prospect of what this means for our readers is incredibly exciting.”

To Kill a Mockingbird Will Be Published as an eBook

5737Harper Lee has come around on eBooks, and will finally allow To Kill a Mockingbird to be published digitally.

“I’m still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries. I am amazed and humbled that Mockingbird has survived this long. This is Mockingbird for a new generation,” she explained in a statement. Harper Collins will be publish the eBook on July 8th.

The news comes a year after Lee sued her literary agent for alleging that he received undeserved royalties from her book. The suit was settled in September. (Via The Guardian).

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