Simon & Schuster Enters Ebook Subscription Distribution Channel

Simon & Schuster will be distributing its back-list to ebook subscription services Oyster and Scribd, becoming the second among the world’s five largest publishers to do so.

“Consumers have clearly taken to subscription models for other media, and we expect that our participation in these services will encourage discovery of our books, grow the audience and expand our retail reach for our authors, and create new revenue streams under an author-friendly, advantageous business model for both author and publisher,” said Simon & Schuster president and CEO Carolyn Reidy in a statement (below).

Simon & Schuster will be adding “more than 10,000” titles to the Oyster and Scribd catalogs, according to a Simon & Schuster spokesperson. This will be added to the roughly 500,000 and 400,00 ebooks Oyster and Scribd respectively offer.

As part of the deal, Simon & Schuster authors will have access to the services’ data on readers purchasing and reading habits for their titles.

Last week, Scribd told Digital Book World that it was ahead of Oyster in terms of revenue it provides to publishers. While neither company has publicly released figures on its sales or subscribership, Scribd is on more platforms (iOS and Android) than Oyster and is international; Oyster is only available on iOS and in the U.S.

 

[Press Release]

SIMON & SCHUSTER EBOOK BACKLIST NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES OYSTER AND SCRIBD

Simon & Schuster, Inc., a global publishing leader, announced today that its backlist eBook titles are now being made available to consumers via the subscription services Oyster and Scribd. Both services offer flat-rate plans that allow consumers to read an unlimited number of eBooks, and today’s announcement marks the first time that Simon & Schuster has offered its eBooks to consumers via this form of subscription service.

Simon & Schuster’s participation with the two services is global and will include backlist eBooks from Simon & Schuster companies worldwide, with eBooks made available to consumers in all countries where Simon & Schuster holds eBook rights, and where Oyster and Scribd offer their subscription services to consumers.

“Consumers have clearly taken to subscription models for other media, and we expect that our participation in these services will encourage discovery of our books, grow the audience and expand our retail reach for our authors, and create new revenue streams under an author-friendly, advantageous business model for both author and publisher,” said Carolyn Reidy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Simon & Schuster. “We are delighted to work with Oyster and Scribd to offer this exciting new model for readers to find and read eBooks, and to do so in a manner that respects the value of our authors’ creative endeavors and supports our mutual goals of selling the most possible copies of their books.”

As part of the program, Simon & Schuster authors will also have access to information on subscribers’ reading and purchasing activity for their titles.

“Our goal at Scribd is to become every reader’s personal digital library with our innovative subscription model” said Trip Adler, co-founder and CEO of Scribd. “We are excited to offer this impressive list of Simon & Schuster’s titles to our audience of 80 million readers around the world on Apple, Android and Kindle Fire devices, as well as the web. This Simon & Schuster partnership is a significant opportunity for its publishers and authors to monetize, and for our readers to discover even more books to love.”

“We are thrilled about this landmark partnership with Simon & Schuster which will bring to our subscribers some of the most iconic titles and authors in the world,” said Eric Stromberg, CEO of Oyster. “We fundamentally believe the access model will inspire new audiences to discover and read great books, both today and in the future, and this partnership is a huge leap forward toward our goal of making Oyster the best place in the world to read books. We are incredibly pleased Simon & Schuster is taking this step with us.”

About Simon & Schuster
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 www.simonandschuster.com

About Oyster
Oyster is the world’s leading subscription service for ebooks. For one low monthly price, members can read more than 500,000 titles on iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. Titles include New York Times bestsellers, award winners, and new releases from more than 1,600 distinguished publishers. Launched in 2013, Oyster is headquartered in New York City.

About Scribd
Scribd is a subscription reading service with more than 400,000 premier titles including New York Times bestsellers, classics, and reader favorites in every genre. Available in more than 100 countries and 80 languages via iOS, Android, Kindle Fire and the web, Scribd also features millions of written works contributed by users around the world. Launched in 2007 by Trip Adler and Jared Friedman and backed by Y Combinator, Charles River Ventures, and Redpoint Ventures, Scribd is one of the most influential websites in the world, reaching more than 80 million active readers every month.

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