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Simon & Schuster Partners with Firebrand for eBook Distribution & Metadata

Simon & Schuster has partnered with Firebrand Technologies for digital book distribution services, as well as to provide metadata services for print and eBooks.

Firebrand will also give the big six publisher access to its digital galley distribution service NetGalley, Search Inside programs, and its Print on Demand services. They will also offer automated support to help manage territory restrictions, rights, and complex pricing, while integrating with Simon & Schuster’s in-house digital asset management system.

“Now more than ever, an efficient digital supply chain is a strategic asset,” stated Frank Nunez, VP of business operations at Simon & Schuster. “Firebrand’s Title Management system has long been at the core of a consistent title creation process for our organization, and it was a natural choice to take advantage of the automated connections between Title Management, Eloquence and Content Services.”

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Simon & Schuster Launches Pilot eBook Program in New York Libraries

Simon & Schuster has partnered with The New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Queens Library, for a new pilot eBook program. Like other eBook programs library patrons will be able to check out digital copies of Simon & Schuster titles from participating libraries. The program will also allow patrons to purchase eBook copies of these books from within the libraries’ online portals. The library that they make the purchase from will receive a share of the proceeds from these retail sales.

The one-year pilot program, will begin April 30th on Manhattan and Brooklyn and will launch around mid-May in Queens. All of Simon & Schuster’s frontlist and backlist titles that are available as eBooks will be eligible to participate, and new titles can be made available as they are published. The program will bring titles including: Lonesome Dove, Team of Rivals, Steve Jobs, The Glass Castle, Still Alice, The Road Less Traveled, and The Coldest Winter Ever to the digital bookshelves of participating libraries.

Libraries can acquire these titles anytime during the one-year pilot program and the title will be accessible for a year to the day they sign up. Libraries will be able to offer an unlimited number of checkouts during their one-year term.

Simon & Schuster Launches Foursquare Presence

Publisher Simon & Schuster has launched a presence on location-based social networking site Foursquare.

The presence includes tips and trivia on places in the real world from authors. For example, Suzanne Corso, author of Brooklyn Story, tells fans where they can find the best cannoli in her neighborhood. Carlos Eire, a National Book Award winner, shares his favorite places in Monticello. And readers who “check-in” at the Lincoln monument in Washington DC can learn how many copies of the Gettysburg Address that former president Abraham Lincoln wrote by hand.

To promote the new presence, yesterday, S&S gave away free copies of the new thriller by Howard Gordon called Gideon’s War, to people that checked in at their office in Manhattan at 1230 Ave of the Americas.

Rob Goodman, Director of Online Marketing at Simon and Schuster had this statement: “With S&S Foursquare we can deliver our book and author content right into  the  hands  of  fans  and  readers  at  their  immediate  points  of interest,  and  the  platform  gives  us  the  opportunity  to  drive  real  world action through social media by directing people to locations and events.”