In a deal announced this week, Simon & Schuster becomes the second major publisher to make its ebooks available on the subscription-based digital content platform Playster.
The first book publisher to partner with Playster, HarperCollins added 14,000 back-list titles to the Montreal-based subscription service last month. Currently in beta, Playster offers unlimited access to catalog featuring a range of entertainment media, including TV, movies, games and ebooks, for $15.95 a month.
The company has said it’s looking at allowing users to subscribe just to certain format-based categories at reduced rates.
Simon & Schuster likewise kicks off its deal with Playster with back-list titles only. A spokesperson for the publisher declined to give a concrete figure to its contribution but says it’s in the “thousands.”
PLAYSTER ANNOUNCES CONTENT DEAL WITH SIMON & SCHUSTER
Multi-Content Entertainment Platform Offers Users Unlimited Access to Simon & Schuster Backlist Titles
MONTREAL—April 13, 2015 — Playster, the all-inclusive digital multimedia streaming platform, today announced a content deal with Simon & Schuster, one of the world’s largest book publishers. The agreement will provide unlimited access to a vast number of bestselling backlist ebook titles from the publisher’s U.S. and international catalog.
“Simon & Schuster is one of the preeminent publishers of books around the world,” said Erika Khanna, PR spokesperson, Playster. “This agreement provides thousands of additional titles, all with unlimited access, to Playster subscribers and helps position our service as one of the most robust catalogs of books on demand available.”
The agreement will bring popular titles for all audiences including The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren, and Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. In all, the Simon & Schuster agreement adds thousands of additional titles to the Playster library that also includes titles from HarperCollins Publishers and Harlequin.
With the official Playster app scheduled to launch in the summer of 2015, users will soon have unlimited access to movies, TV, music, video games in addition to books for a monthly subscription price. Playster’s content will be completely ad-free and will work on virtually any Internet-enabled device. The service has limitless potential, continually evolving to provide its community with new content, features and device compatibility.
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Playster was created as a response to the explosive demand and desire of consumers to stream content on electronic and mobile devices. Having broadened its horizons by incorporating games, music, film and books to its’ streaming service, Playster emerged as a leading multimedia platform built with user interaction in mind acting as a one-stop shop for entertainment. Thus the mantra: Everything Unlimited
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.