Simon & Schuster Offers Free E-Book Sampler

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PRESS RELEASE:

Free Press Summer Fiction Sampler

Now Available as Interactive App and in ebook

www.freepressfiction.com

(New York, NY – May 21, 2012)  Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., announced today that in celebration of five powerful, original new novels coming this summer, it will release a promotional fiction sampler as both an interactive app and in an ebook edition.  The Free Press Summer Fiction Sampler app will include extended excerpts and extra content including videos, photos, and more from The Folded Earth by Anuradha Roy, Shelter by Frances Greenslade, Some Kind of Peace by Camilla Grebe and Åsa Träff, Gone to the Forest by Katie Kitamura, and The Other Half of Me by Morgan McCarthy. The free interactive app is available now for the iPad and will soon be available in editions for other tablet devices.

The app was created in-house with Adobe®    Digital Publishing Suite, using the Folio Builder and Overlay Creator tools in Adobe InDesign®, which allows for rich, interactive elements such as video, audio, slideshows, pan/zoom images, Web content and more to be built into the app.

With behind-the-scenes content interspersed throughout, the sampler will transport readers to gorgeous landscapes around the world, from the foothills of the Himalaya in The Folded Earth to the wilds of British Columbia in Shelter, from the icy shores of Sweden in Some Kind of Peace to a colonial settlement in Gone to the Forest, and the Welsh countryside in The Other Half of Me.

In addition to the content included in the ebook, the fiction sampler app offers additional, exclusive insight into the books through exciting features, including:

·         Book trailers and other videos

·         Audio clips from author interviews

·         Photos of the settings of the novels

·         Character sketches

·         Live Free Press Twitter feed

·         Original introductions by the authors

·         Bookseller quotes

·         Interactive visuals

“Free Press is always looking for innovative ways to promote our authors and reach new readers.  These five novels represent a wealth of talent and entertainment.  We hope this app will showcase our authors in a new way and broaden their audience,” said Martha K. Levin, Free Press Executive Vice President and Publisher.

“Readers on tablet devices and e-readers are increasing exponentially,” said Claire Kelley, Free Press Marketing Manager who designed and created the app. “Our fiction sampler interactive app and ebook will introduce readers into the worlds of these five wonderful novels, and we hope that engagement in this way will inspire them to buy the full book.”

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite is the industry-leading cross-platform solution that enables publishers worldwide to publish, distribute and monetize digital publications and magazines created with Adobe InDesign across tablets and smartphones. Digital Publishing Suite is used by more than 850 publishers worldwide, who want to bring their print offerings to the digital environment or create new and unique experiences across mobile devices.

“Within a year, Adobe saw over 1,700 apps and more than 25 million publications published using Digital Publishing Suite,” said Nick Bogaty, director of business development, Digital Publishing at Adobe.  “The Summer Fiction Sampler app is a great example of how publishers are able to promote and monetize their content in new and unique ways across a broad set of devices.”

To learn more about each of these novels and how to download the ebook and app, please visit www.freepressfiction.com.

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2 thoughts on “Simon & Schuster Offers Free E-Book Sampler

  1. S&S missed the mark…other publishing houses are offering their sample books through existing online retailers. Last thing I need is another app on my phone. I’ll skip theirs but read the others. They need to give up over-controlling.

  2. This isn’t a phone app, it’s an iPad app. Do you have an iPad? Search for “Summer Fiction” in the app store. I promise it’s more exciting than sampler ebooks.

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