S&S puts 5,000 titles on Scribd

<p>Simon &amp; Schuster has agreed to sell digital copies of its books on Scribd.com, a popular document-sharing web site, reports the <em>New York Times</em>. Simon &amp; Schuster will make digital editions of about 5,000 titles available for purchase on the site, and will sell its books for 20% off the list price of the most recent print edition.<br /><br />It will also add thousands of other titles to Scribd&rsquo;s search engine, allowing readers to sample 10% of the content of the books on the site and providing links to buy the print editions. &quot;We are interested in getting our books in front of consumers in as many formats and distribution platforms as possible,&quot; said Ellie Hirschhorn, chief digital officer of Simon &amp; Schuster.<br /><br />Unlike Amazon, which sets the retail price for its e-books and sells them in its own proprietary Kindle format, Scribd is offering publishers considerably more control over how their digital titles are sold, says the <em>NYT</em>. Scribd also gives publishers 80% of revenue, again unlike Amazon.com. <br /><br /><br /></p>