Scribd and Oyster are two of the largest e-Book subscription services out there and they have another reason for you to signup. Publishing giant Macmillan has committed themselves to their platforms, contributing over 1,000 titles.
In late December Macmillan John Sargent announced that there were getting into the e-Book subscription business, in an attempt to broaden their distribution channels. They noted their primary reason they are doing this is because Amazon accounts for 64% of all Macmillan’s e-Book sales, and this must change.
John Sargent admitted that readers are not going to find new titles on Oyster and Scribd. Instead its going to be populated with “backlist books, and other titles that are not well represented at bricks and mortar retail stores.”
Macmillan is home to some of the greatest and most beloved writers around—from Sci-Fi and Fantasy luminaries Ursula K. LeGuin, Elizabeth Bear, and Orson Scott Card to Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa to celebrated social critics Greil Marcus, Louis Menand, and Michel Foucault—and they’re all available to read right now on Scribd and Oyster.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.