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Scribd inks deal with Simon & Schuster to sell eBooks
Scribd, the world's largest social publishing company, and Simon &
Schuster, a leading global publisher, today announced an agreement to
sell Simon & Schuster eBooks in the Scribd Store, an e-commerce
destination and publishing marketplace launched last month to
complement Scribd's already-popular platform for users' sharing their
written works. At launch, nearly 5,000 Simon & Schuster eBook
titles will be available on Scribd for purchase and download, making
them readable on Scribd.com, computer desktops and various mobile
The Simon &
Schuster storefront on Scribd will include bestselling books
from authors such as Stephen King,
Dan Brown, Mary Higgins Clark, Chelsea Handler and Steve Martin. In addition, Simon
& Schuster will also make thousands of printed titles available for
preview with links to purchase from the Simon & Schuster website
and other retailers.
"Simon & Schuster is a major force in book publishing and is again
leading the industry by recognizing the power of the social web to
influence reading and buying behavior," said Trip Adler, CEO and co-founder of
Scribd. "We are thrilled to offer our users a one-stop solution for
discovering, sharing and buying written works of all kinds, including
bestselling books by one of the world's top publishers."
"With millions of visitors and an extraordinary number of posted
documents, Scribd has become an important destination for readers
seeking written information that is relevant to their lives," said Ellie Hirschhorn, Executive Vice
President and Chief Digital Officer of Simon & Schuster. "We are
pleased to offer them this convenient, user-friendly option for
discovering, sampling, and purchasing Simon & Schuster books, any
time and anywhere."
All works in the Scribd Store are added to Scribd's Copyright
Management System, an industry-leading technology that helps prevent
the upload of unauthorized written works. Publishers like Simon &
Schuster have the ability to determine how works are read, including
settings for "read only on Scribd.com," "download" and "download with
DRM." In addition, Scribd provides publishers with the flexibility to
experiment with pricing, which can be changed easily and at any time.
Readers will have access to the Simon & Schuster "storefront" in
Scribd Store, a special section of the website where they will be able
to browse and purchase books by Simon & Schuster. The content also
will be discoverable by browsing Scribd's categories such as "books"
and "business"; through keyword searches on Scribd and popular search
engines; and recommendations made by friends using Scribd's many social
features, including Twitter and Facebook integration.
About Scribd, Inc.
Scribd is the world's largest social publishing company with more than
60 million readers each month. Scribd is changing the way people
discover, share and sell original writings and documents on the Web.
Its innovative document reader technology, iPaper, enables anyone to
easily upload PDF, Word, PowerPoint and other document types and share
on Scribd.com or embed on thousands of other websites. Scribd is backed
by Charles River Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, Paul Graham's Y
Combinator, the Kinsey Hills Group and several prominent angel
investors. For more information about Scribd, visit www.scribd.com.
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, and the United
Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com.
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