Macmillan becomes the third Big Five publisher, after HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, to partner with the children’s ebook subscription service Epic!, in a deal announced today.
The agreement makes “a few hundred” of Macmillan’s back-list ebooks available on Epic!’s catalog, which currently numbers more than 10,000 titles.
According to the company’s co-founder Kevin Donahue, Epic! has doubled the size of its library over the past year.
Epic! offers unlimited access to fiction and nonfiction ebooks geared to kids ages twelve and younger, through subscription packages starting at $4.99 per month.
Macmillan began exploring subscription ebooks in January this year, shortly after finalizing a distribution deal with Amazon allowing the publisher to set its own ebook prices but did not, as Macmillan CEO John Sargent put it at the time, resolve “one of the big problems in the digital marketplace”—that of Amazon’s market share, which Sargent estimated at 64% of Macmillan’s ebook business.
So far Hachette and Penguin Random House remain the only two Big Five publishers that do not participate in the subscription model for ebooks.
EPIC! SIGNS DEAL WITH MACMILLAN PUBLISHERS
Children’s eBook subscription service signs new Big 5 Partner
Redwood City, CA (May 21, 2015) – Epic!, the leading children’s eBook subscription service, today announced an agreement with Macmillan Publishers, one of the world’s foremost English-language publishers, to deliver award-winning children’s eBooks to the company’s fast-growing service.
Launched in January 2014, Epic! offers thousands of high-quality fiction and non-fiction books for kids 12 and under. Partnerships with leading publishers, such as Macmillan, bring age-appropriate, high-quality, award-winning books to children’s fingertips. Every book on Epic! is curated by a team of children’s book experts, and Epic!’s proprietary recommendation algorithms help young readers discover new books they will love.
The partnership makes hundreds of Macmillan titles available as part of Epic!’s monthly subscription service. Included in the books selected by Macmillan and Epic! are popular titles such as “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?,” “Tikki Tikki Tembo,” and “The Book of Three.”
“The addition of Macmillan to our growing list of exceptional publishers is an exciting milestone for our company,” said Kevin Donahue, Co-Founder of Epic! “Our goal is to provide the premier digital reading platform for children and these wonderful titles will be very popular with our readers.”
Epic! is currently offering a 30-day free trial, available on iOS devices including iPad and iPhone, and on the web at www.getepic.com. Monthly subscriptions start at $4.99 per month and include unlimited access to Epic!’s library.
Epic! opens the doors to a new world of reading for kids 12 and under by providing an unlimited selection of eBooks that can be instantly discovered and read. Partnerships with leading publishers such as HarperCollins, National Geographic, and Andrews McMeel bring age-appropriate, high-quality, award-winning books to children’s fingertips. Every book on Epic!’s award-winning platform is curated by a team of children’s book experts, and the Company’s proprietary recommendation algorithms help young readers discover new books they will love. Launched in January 2014 and based in Redwood City, CA, Epic! is founded by Suren Markosian, founder of several successful technology startups, and Kevin Donahue, former YouTube, Google and Disney executive, with the support of top tier investors and veterans of the children’s publishing industry. To learn more about Epic!, visit www.getepic.com, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Nicole Brunet for Epic!