HarperCollins Publishers Initiates Sales of English-Language E-Books to China
HarperCollins Publishers today announced that it has signed an agreement with JD.com and China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation (CNPIEC) to sell English-language e-books in China. HarperCollins has been selling print books in China for many years, but this marks the first time the company has made its e-books directly available to consumers in China through a local retailer. HarperCollins now sells e-books in more than 150 countries.
The program will start with approximately 800 backlist e-book titles on JD.com. Titles include international bestsellers The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, Divergent by Veronica Roth and several backlist titles from bestselling authors C.S. Lewis, Lemony Snicket, Beverly Cleary and Neil Gaiman. Additional titles will be rolled out in the coming months. CNPIEC will serve as the importer.
“JD.com has been a key partner in selling HarperCollins print books in China for years and we are happy to work with them on our e-book business,” said Chantal Restivo-Alessi, Chief Digital Officer for HarperCollins Publishers. “By expanding our international e-book distribution we’re opening up a new market for our authors’ works.”
“The e-book market in China is poised for tremendous growth. We’re excited to bring great content from HarperCollins to our readers,” said Haifeng Yang, Head of Books, Audios and Videos from JD.com.
JD is the largest online direct sales company in China in terms of transaction volume with a market share in China of 54.3% in the second quarter of 2014, according to iResearch, a third-party market research firm.
JD offer a wide selection of authentic products at competitive prices which are delivered in a speedy and reliable manner, provide consumers an enjoyable online retail experience through our content-rich and user-friendly website www.JD.com and mobile applications.
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