Simon & Schuster Launches Pilot to Sell Ebooks Into Classrooms

Simon & Schuster joins Hachette and Random House in going after the elementary, middle and high-school ebook market.

The large publisher has launched pilots with four educational book distributors — Booksource, Follett, Mackin Educational Resources and Perma-Bound — to sell ebooks into pre-kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms across the U.S.

In August, Hachette and Random House both formed partnerships with Follett to sell into the same market.

More children are using tablet devices for in-classroom learning, often reading educational texts — which are sometimes trade books — on those devices. According to a new report from Digital Book World and PlayCollective, a firm that studies the interactions between children and technology, laptops and desktops are still the most popular form factor for children to read ebooks in the classroom, followed by the Kindle Fire and then the iPad.

Related: Back to School in an E-Reading World: Volume 2 of The ABCs of Kids and Ebooks


[Press Release]


Simon & Schuster, Inc., today announced a pilot program that would make available as digital editions a specially selected collection of its most popular and award-winning PK-12 books for school classrooms nationwide. The publishing house is working with leading school distributors Booksource, Follett, Mackin Educational Resources and Perma-Bound to bring to classrooms nationwide perennial and recent school favorites such as CLICK, CLACK, MOO: COWS THAT TYPE by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin, HATCHET by Gary Paulsen, OUT OF MY MIND by Sharon Draper, FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury, ANGELA’S ASHES by Frank McCourt and FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS by Ernest Hemingway. Titles in the pilot program will span the full range of popular school titles from pre-school picture books to chapter books for early readers to higher level fiction, nonfiction and works from Simon & Schuster’s Folger Shakespeare Library.

Effective immediately, schools may work with the participating distributors to purchase digital copies for the classroom. Each ebook purchased may be used in the classroom for one year from the purchase date, and may only be used by one student at a time.

“We’re pleased to work with these four widely-respected and innovative educational distributors in this first important step toward bringing our catalog to students and teachers,” said Michael Selleck, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Simon & Schuster, Inc. “As more and more in-classroom and take-home reading takes place online and via eBook readers and tablets, publishers can help create future generations of readers and contribute to the health of our nation’s educational system by providing books in the formats that schools need to help students learn.”

Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at

Related: Back to School in an E-Reading World: Volume 2 of The ABCs of Kids and Ebooks


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