Indie publishers sign up to Bookmate subscription service

Indie publishers sign up to Bookmate subscription service

E-books from Head of Zeus, Profile Books and Ingram are now available on subscription service Bookmate.

The Russian e-book platform launched its English language arm in October last year, with HarperCollins the highest profile publisher to sign titles up.

The company, which began in Russia three years ago, now has more than 200,000 English language titles available to readers following a deal with ePubDirect, which includes books from  Profile Books, Icon Books, Rosetta Books, Ingram, Diversion Books, Head of Zeus, Legend Press and Casemate are now available to read.

The deal includes works from authors Anthony Burgess, Alan Bennett, Mary Beard and David Peace, among others.

More than 100,000 titles will be added from Ingram alone, Bookmate said.

Simon Dunlop, co-founder of Bookmate, said: “English is the world’s most widely spoken language and a second language for many more people. Bookmate is strengthening its catalogue of English titles for these readers and these latest deals have brought many exciting authors to the service, continuing our trend of connecting readers with great books as we roll out to new markets this year.”

Bookmate allows authors listed on the platform to discover who is reading their book and access analytics which can aid their own promotion and marketing efforts.

The company has more than 1.5m users, it says, and focuses on the social experience of reading by allowing users to interact with others on the service.

It has also recently launched in Singapore.

Last week, Macmillan US announced it would sign up 1,000 backlist title to Scribd and Oyster subscription companies in the US, in a growing trend of publishers signing up to the “all you can eat” business model, also run by Amazon in Kindle Unlimited and Blloon, based in Germany.

In December, Macmillan’s US c.e.o John Sargeant said even though the company had “long been opposed to subscription” it had decided to join Oyster and Scribd because it needed “broader channels to reach readers”- pointing to Amazon’s 64% of the company’s e-book business.

In the UK, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster have titles available on Oyster and Scribd, and many independent publishers have titles available on Kindle Unlimited, albeit against their wishes in some cases.