Popular document sharing and embedding service Scribd is getting into the digital book distribution market with the launch of a new subscription service. The company has teamed up with one of the five biggest publishers in the world, HarperCollins Publishers, which will be offering a significant amount of its catalogue to subscribers.
Scribd — the new service and the original web app have the same name — costs $8.99 per month and can be accessed on iPhone, iPad, Android and Web browsers. This has been tested for the past 9 months through a beta program, but is now being launched to all users.
The HarperCollins catalogue will include its full backlist — books that are over a year old. While the exact number hasn’t been disclosed, the publisher counts some of the world’s most popular authors in its mix, including Paulo Coelho, Neil Gaiman, Marian Keys and Elmore Leonard.
Scribd has also partnered with other publishers, including E-Reads, Kensington, Red Wheel/Weiser, Rosetta Books, Sourcebooks, and Workman.
Users can draw upon the existing Scribd collection to enhance their reading. “For example, after reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, readers can access papers analyzing the different characters in the book, a doctorate paper on tenement houses in Brooklyn, and even a study guide for the book. Scribd will also let people easily see what books and documents their friends have read, privacy settings permitting.” the company said.