HarperCollins Expands Bookmate Offering

HarperCollins Bookmate subscription ebooksMany of the leading ebook subscription services are growing, both in terms of content and reach.

Amazon brought Kindle Unlimited to Mexico and Canada less than two weeks ago. And earlier this month, Scribd added 10,000 digital comics to its subscription-based platform.

Now Bookmate brings its total catalog up to 250,000 titles after adding “a significant number” of ebooks from HarperCollins’s UK division.

Bookmate recently established a toehold in Asia by launching in Singapore late last year, and Oyster has confirmed it, too, will head overseas in 2015.


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