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HarperCollins partners with Scribd for ebook subscription service

HarperCollins has partnered with document-sharing website Scribd on a new ebook subscription service.

Dubbed “Netflix for ebooks,” subscribers pay $8.99 a month for the ability to check out an unlimited number of ebooks “ up to 10 titles at time “ from the Scribd catalogue, which includes backlists from HarperCollins and several small U.S. presses. The service allows readers to switch between browsers, Android, and Apple devices without losing their place.

HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray told the Associated Press that the partnership will provide the publisher with valuable data about Scribd readers. This is going to help us make even better publishing and marketing decisions for our authors, he says.

The international service is now available in Canada, although not all titles are accessible for download.