BitLit, which recently renamed its service as
itself Shelfie, gives readers the option of getting a free or low-cost ebook to match a print book. The service is limited to only books from participating publishers, and readers can identify compatible titles by entering a book's title/ISBN into the Shelfie app.
A reader can also take a picture of the spines of the paper books on their shelf to find potential bundles, and now they can also simply log in to their Goodreads account.
Good news to all Goodreads users, you can now use the Shelfie App on iOS with your Goodreads account! That’s right, we’ve made it extremely easy to sign into Shelfie using Goodreads on iOS and very soon on Android. Using Shelfie with your Goodreads account allows you to easily see what print books in your Goodreads collection you can bundle with a free or discount ebook.
Launched in late 2013, BitLit has partnered with many publishers, including HarperCollins, Macmillan, Wiley, Angry Robot Books, O’Reilly, and many more. Its platform now has more than 140,000 titles available for bundling. Some of the ebook titles are available for free, while others are sold at a reduced cost.
According to Mary Alice Elcock, BitLit VP for content, BitLit's list of partners covers "all of the big distributors except for PGW (Publishers Group West)." As of today, that includes Ingram, which just signed a deal with BitLit.
The more that 200 publishers who distribute their ebooks through Ingram CoreSource can now choose to add their titles to BitLit's Shelfie platform. This could potentially add more than 15,000 new titles to BitLit's catalog.