Deals, Deals & More Deals
Just in case it escaped your attention, HarperCollins and its parent company, News Corp, completed the acquisition of Harlequin Enterprises this past August. As a result there is more news this month about a deal with Scribd to make 15,000 of Harlequin’s backlist titles available exclusively for a year through the Scribd e-book subscription service. According to a Publisher’s Weekly article, “This deal also makes the entire Harlequin catalog of titles available for conventional purchase through the Scribd e-bookstore.”
Scribd (www.scribd.com) offers unlimited books for $8.99 a month.
There is a one-month free trial period and I haven’t decided when I might start this to check out the service but I’ve already signed up for Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service and so far so good. I know some of the feedback hasn’t been positive from both readers and authors but I’m curious if this will change and by how much after this next holiday season when many an electronic device is given as a present. I've personally discovered some very interesting authors and books through the subscription that I might not have paid attention to without the service.
Of course there’s also ibooks.
One thing is certain – competition seems to be heating up for where readers will spend their time and money.