Scribd, HarperCollins offer e-book subscriptions

Oct 01, 2013

Online document-sharing site Scribd is taking a page from Netflix's success story as it sets out to create the world's largest subscription service for digital books.

The opening chapter in Scribd's quest begins Tuesday with the introduction of an e-book subscription service that will boast thousands of titles published by HarperCollins before July 2012.

HarperCollins, which is owned by News Corp., becomes the first of the five largest U.S. publishers to sign on to the service.

Scribd will charge $9 per month for a service that will provide unlimited access to most of HarperCollins' back catalog, as well as an assortment of other books from smaller publishers.

Scribd is trying to create the book industry's version of Netflix Inc.'s online video service, which boasts 37 million subscribers.

Explore further: Twitpic to stay alive with new owner

3 /5 (1 vote)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Publisher warms to Scribd store

Jun 12, 2009

(AP) -- The publisher of Stephen King and Chelsea Handler will be selling books through Scribd, the online document-sharing service that the industry has criticized for enabling the downloading of pirated ...

Scribd turns page from document sharing to selling

May 18, 2009

(AP) -- Hoping to do for the written word what iTunes did for music, the online document-sharing service Scribd is opening an Internet store that will offer new sales opportunities for authors and publishers, ...

E-books: US tells Apple to cut publishing ties

Aug 02, 2013

The US Department of Justice said Friday that tech giant Apple must cut ties with the five publishers with which it was found guilty of running an e-book price-fixing scheme.

Recommended for you

Facebook dressed down over 'real names' policy

Sep 17, 2014

Facebook says it temporarily restored hundreds of deleted profiles of self-described drag queens and others, but declined to change a policy requiring account holders to use their real names rather than drag names such as ...

Yelp to pay US fine for child privacy violation

Sep 17, 2014

Online ratings operator Yelp agreed to pay $450,000 to settle US charges that it illegally collected data on children, in violation of privacy laws, officials said Wednesday.

User comments : 0