Simon & Schuster adds its books to ebook subscription sites Scribd and Oyster

by Rachel Baker on May 22, 2014

I am so loving this news!  If you haven’t tried either of these apps, yet, you should.

<blockquote>Ebook subscription sites are still young — both Oyster and the reinvented Scribd, which offer users unlimited access to a library of ebooks for under $10 a month,  just launched last fall. In that time, one of the questions for these services has been whether big publishers would sign up. Until now, the only big-five publisher participating in either service has been HarperCollins.

On Wednesday that changed: Simon & Schuster announced that it’s making its entire ebook backlist — over 10,000 titles — available through both Scribd and Oyster. Carolyn Reidy, Simon & Schuster’s CEO, told me that while the publisher originally had “a lot of concerns” about ebook subscription services — including how authors would be paid — “we actually have come to the conclusion that this is an exciting new way to help consumers find and purchase books.” (This may differentiate ebook subscription sites from other types of book-related startups.)

A short hit list of Simon & Schuster authors who will now be available on Oyster and Scribd: Stephen King, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Ray Bradbury, Mary Higgins Clark, Walter Isaacson, Chuck Klosterman, David McCullough and Ernest Hemingway. It just so happens that Stephen King is the #1 most-searched author on both Oyster and Scribd.* </blockquote>

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