In a deal with Wiley announced today, BitLit, the Vancouver-based print-and-ebook bundling start-up adds nearly 1,000 of the publisher’s technical titles to its offering.
Wiley’s contribution includes the full catalogs of its Wrox Press and Sybex imprints.
Since launching a pilot program with Elsevier in November 2014, BitLit has roughly doubled the total number of ebooks it offers customers who already own corresponding print editions, from about 40,000 to 80,000 titles.
In that time, BitLit has also expanded its roster of publisher partners from 200 to 260, and a spokesperson for the company says most of its catalog growth comes from those newly added publishers offering comparatively large contributions.
Neither Elsevier nor HarperCollins, which partnered with BitLit last July, have expanded their own offerings with BitLit’s bundling program, but the start-up itself has more than doubled in size over the past year and is sharpening its focus on the trade market in 2015.
BITLIT TO OFFER EBOOK BUNDLES FROM WILEY
Higher education publisher partners with Vancouver start-up to offer
ebook bundles to readers.
January 29, 2015 (Vancouver, BC) – Today, BitLit adds higher education publisher, Wiley, to its ebook bundling platform. Readers who own Wiley books, including titles published under the Wrox and Sybex imprints, will be able to use the BitLit app to download DRM-free ebooks of their print books for 90% off the digital list price.
BitLit is a free app that allows readers to download free or highly discounted ebooks if they own the book in print. Readers use the BitLit app to take a picture of their bookshelf (a “shelfie”) to find out which of their print books are eligible for digital bundles. To claim a bundled ebook readers must write their name on the book’s copyright page and snap a photo using the app.
“BitLit aligns with the Wiley vision of giving our customers the information they want, in the form they want, whenever they want it. For over 200 years, Wiley has evolved to meet the needs of our customers and offering our ebooks as bundles is another step in that journey,” said Peter Balis, VP & Director of Business Development for Wiley.
BitLit’s CEO, Peter Hudson said, “Over the past year, BitLit has seen strong user demand for bundling of technical books and we’re happy to be able to meet that demand with the addition of titles from Wiley. We’re excited that Wiley shares the BitLit vision that readers should be able to read what they want, how they want.”
Wiley joins the over 260 publishers and 80,000 titles that are currently available to bundle through BitLit, including titles from technical publishers Elsevier, O’Reilly and Packt.
BitLit is free and can be downloaded for iPhone and Android.
BitLit is a free app that allows publishers to reconnect with readers by offering free or highly discounted retroactive digital book bundling. Peter Hudson and Marius Muja founded BitLit in 2013. BitLit is based in Vancouver, BC. www.bitlit.com