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Simon & Schuster Modifies its Library eBook Program

SimonSchusterlogoSimon & Schuster has made some changes to the rules for its library eBook program.

Henceforth, all the digital books from the publisher’s catalog (this includes both frontlist and backlist titles) will be made available to all libraries throughout the country. Prior to this, a library could only access these titles with participation in the “Buy It Not” merchandising program.

CEO Carolyn Reidy gave this statement in the press release: “Since we first began offering ebooks to libraries, we have been gratified by the enthusiastic response and valuable feedback we have received from our partners in the library community. We very much look forward to serving the broadest possible segment of the library community in order to bring our ebooks to their patrons, while at the same time we hope libraries will consider ‘Buy It Now’ as a new and viable option to generate revenue for the library and provide a service for their patrons.”

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Scribner Launches a New Online Magazine

ScribnerScribner, an imprint at Simon & Schuster, has launched a new digital publication called Scribner Magazine.

Here’s more from the press release: “Inspired by the publisher’s celebrated sister publication Scribner’s Magazine (1887-1939), but reimagined for the 21st century reader, Scribner Magazine will feature original writing and interactive media, along with written and audio book excerpts, photo galleries, author-curated music playlists, bookseller reviews, and articles that offer a glimpse inside the world of publishing. Scribner Magazine also integrates Scribner’s popular Twitter feed, and the site highlights current Scribner book news and author events, so consumers can stay informed about their favorite writers.”

The first issue features a diverse range of content such as rare photographs from the publication of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises: The Hemingway Library Editionan audio recording of the “Something That Needs Nothing” short story written and read by Miranda July, and pieces from several high profile contributors. Novelist Anthony Doerr wrote an essay about the writing process for All The Light We Cannot See, actor James Franco reveals how he became a writer in an essay, and Betsy Burton, a bookseller from The King’s English Bookshop, penned a review of Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín.

Amazon Has Established a New Contract With Simon & Schuster

SimonSchusterAmazon and Simon & Schuster have established a new multi-year print and digital agreement. The previous contract was scheduled to expire in two months.

Here’s more from The Wall Street Journal: “Simon & Schuster, whose recently published works include Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators and Colm Toibin’s Nora Webster, will set the consumer prices of its digital books, and Amazon will be able to discount titles in certain situations, according to one person familiar with the agreement. Simon & Schuster titles also will be well promoted on Amazon’s website, the person said.”

Many speculate that this development will put more pressure on Hachette to wrap up the ongoing dispute. Several writers have publicly spoken about the situation including Stephen Colbert, John Green, and Malcolm Gladwell. Earlier this week, economist Paul Krugman wrote New York Times article criticizing Amazon’s business practices. How do you predict this will affect the conflict between Amazon and Hachette?

Milq Forms Partnership With Simon & Schuster

milqMilq, a company that powers a culture-sharing application and website, has launched a new content category for books. Through a new agreement, Simon & Schuster will serve as its exclusive publishing house partner.

According to the press release, the “books” feature allows users to “share audio and video around their favorite books on Milq, organizing them into collaborative, interactive playlists called Beads.” Simon & Schuster will establish two beads, “What Are You Reading?” and “Books That Changed My Life,” that will be continually updated with responses from the publisher’s writers.

Several authors are already taking part by creating beads. Steve Jobs author Walter Isaacson constructed a “Great Digital Innovations” bead with vintage footage of the video game SpaceWar! and of “The Mother of All Demos.” After novelist Anna Todd hopes fans will contribute songs to her “Soundtrack to After” bead. What do you think?

Simon & Schuster Forms Partnership With Mofibo

simon-and-shusterSimon & Schuster has formed a partnership with a European eBook subscription service called Mofibo.

Mofibo users, who hail from Denmark and Sweden, now have access to Simon & Schuster’s backlist. This formidable collection contains more than 20,000 English and local language titles.

Simon & Schuster UK publisher Ian Chapman had this statement in the press release: “Scandinavia has long been an important international market for English language authors, and Mofibo’s early success makes evident the strong appetite for content in electronic form. A continental-based subscription service is a wonderful opportunity for reader, author, and publisher alike.”

Mary Louise-Parker Inks Deal with Scribner

Mary Louise-ParkerActress Mary Louise-Parker (pictured, via) has landed a deal for an autobiographical nonfiction book. According to the press release, this title will contain a series of letters addressed to the significant men who have touched Louise-Parker’s life.

Scribner, an imprint at Simon & Schuster, will publish Dear Mr. You in Fall 2015. Editor-in-chief Colin Harrison negotiated the deal with William Morris Endeavor literary agent Eric Simonoff.

Nathan Lane Teams Up With Life Partner For Picture Book Series

Nathan LaneActor Nathan Lane (pictured, via) and his life partner Devlin Elliott will team up as writers for a picture book series. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers will release the first installment, Naughty Mabel, in Fall 2015.

According to the press release, the story follows “a fabulous French bulldog based on Lane and Elliott’s very own naughty (but adorable) pup. Mabel is the queen of the Hamptons and has a penchant for getting her perfectly pedicured paws into trouble.”

Publisher Justin Chanda negotiated the deal with Brenda Bowen of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates (representing Lane and Elliott) and Abigail Samoun of Red Fox Literary (representing Krall). Chanda will edit the manuscripts. Animator Dan Krall has been brought on to create the illustrations.

New Anthology Features Essays By Writers Who Love New York City

Never Can Say Goodbye to NYCLast year, Sari Botton served as the editor of an anthology called Goodbye to All That: On Loving and Leaving New York. Cheryl Strayed, Dani Shapiro, Emma Straub, and 25 other writers penned essays on how they renounced residency from New York city.

Botton has been working on a follow-up entitled Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love For New York. Some of the contributors to the new project include Elizabeth Gilbert, Susan Orlean, and Nick Flynn.

Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, will release the book on October 14, 2014. What do you think?

Simon & Schuster Releases the First TED Book in Print

Terrorist's SonSimon & Schuster has released the first TED Book in print.

Zak Ebrahim and Jeff Giles were brought together to chronicle Ebrahim’s journey on becoming an advocate of peace. Together, they wrote The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice. The collaborators accomplished this daunting task in less than two months.

Here’s more from the TED blog: “Zak stood in front of 1200 attendees in Vancouver, with 700 more people watching live at TEDActive in Whistler, and more online…Sitting in the crowd was Michelle Quint, the editor of TED Books. ‘I was blown away by his talk,’ she says. ‘It was clear he had a powerful story to tell, an urgent idea to spread. I approached him right after to discuss a potential book.’” Follow this link to check out Ebrahim’s talk at the TED 2014 conference.

Jennifer Romanello Joins Simon & Schuster Children’s as VP of Publicity

3c27c0eSimon & Schuster has hired Jennifer Romanello  as its new Vice President, Director of Publicity for Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division. Romanello will assume her new post on Wednesday August 20th.

Romanello comes to Simon & Schuster from her own Public Relations firm, which she led for more than a year. Prior to that, she spent seventeen years at Warner Books/Grand Central Publishing as VP, Executive Director of Publicity.

Here is more from the press release: “During her time there she was instrumental in creating innovative and hugely successful campaigns for a who’s who of bestselling authors, including Nicholas Sparks, Nelson DeMille, David Baldacci, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Ted Turner, Michael Moore, Brad Meltzer, Sandra Brown, Scott Turow, Jane Goodall, and Amy Sedaris, among many others.”

 

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