The new publisher dedicated to publishing ebooks by and for women is entering the sizzling ebook subscription market.
Shebooks Launches Subscriptions to Short E-books by and for Women
Innovative publisher builds a business on a new media format
Shebooks, a new digital publisher of short e-books by and for women, launched subscriptions to its growing library today. This week also marks the start of a Kickstarter campaign to fund new female authors called “Equal Writes.”
Shebooks.net launched in December 2013 with eight books, each designed to be a one-to-two hour read. Since then its library has grown to 40 short works by top authors and journalists, including bestsellers Caroline Leavitt, Hope Edelman, GLAAD cochair Jennifer Finney Boylan, former Washington Post columnist Teresa Wiltz, cofounder of Ms. magazine Suzanne Braun Levine, National Book Award finalist Beth Kephart, and many more.
“By adding subscriptions, releasing our own e-reader app, and continuing to update our library with two to four new books each week, we’re making sure that women never lack for a quality read on whatever digital device they’re carrying,” says Shebooks President and Cofounder Peggy Northrop. E-books and subscriptions are available for direct sale via Shebooks.net; individual books can also be purchased on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online retailers.
Laura Fraser, Shebooks Cofounder and Editorial Director, adds, “As an author, I’ve seen the space for quality women’s writing shrink and shrink. That’s why we started Shebooks, to give more women a platform to publish their work.” Shebooks offers authors a 50 percent share of revenue against sales.
Shebooks was cofounded by three publishing veterans. Northrop is a two-time National Magazine Award winning editor-in-chief (Reader’s Digest, Sunset); Fraser a bestselling
Author (An Italian Affair) and journalist. COO Rachel Greenfield is a former EVP of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and a longtime print and digital publishing consultant. In 2013 the three won a seed grant from the New Media Women’s Entrepreneurial Fund, administered by the JLab at American University.
Shebooks’ “Equal Writes” Kickstarter campaign has a goal of $50,000, which will fund advances to female journalists and authors. At every contribution level, Shebooks is offering creative campaign rewards, including Shebooks subscriptions, “Equal Writes” Tshirts designed by illustrator Wendy MacNaughton, a night out with Shebooks authors, author visits to your book club, the opportunity to have a protagonist named after you in an upcoming work of fiction, and more.
“We are thrilled by the quality of the e-books that we’ve published so far and are excited to discover new voices and publish many more,” says Northrop. “Kickstarter is the perfect vehicle for getting the word out to a wide audience about this exciting new media form.”
Shebooks.net offers a curated collection of e-books by and for women. Each book is designed to be read in under two hours. Subscriptions can be purchased on the Shebooks website; individual books can be purchased individually for $2.99 directly from Shebooks or via Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo.