Amazon has long promoted discounted audiobook/ebook bundles in the Kindle Store, and they push print/ebook bundles through the Matchbook program. Now authors and publishers can put together similar bundles without Amazon's help.
BitLit announced on Monday that it was adding audiobooks to Shelfie, its print/ebook bundling platform. The company has inked a deal with audiobook distributor Findaway to add thousands of audiobook titles from a range of publishers.
Shelfie is a platform where authors and publishers can opt to offer bundles to readers who have previously bought a matching print books. All a reader has to do is use the Shelfie app to prove that they've bought the book, and then the app will let the acquire a matching ebook - and now, audiobook.
Around 20,000 audiobook are being added to the service today, including the entire HarperAudio catalog (over 4,500 audiobooks) as well as titles from Blackstone Audio, Gildan Media, Hachette Audio, and Naxos Audiobooks; and audiobooks by such bestselling authors as Michael Connelly, James Patterson, Chris Kyle, and Haruki Murakami.
Shelfie’s CEO, Peter Hudson said, “The addition of audiobooks to the Shelfie app is yet another way to further our mission of promoting reading freedom across formats – allowing readers to access the stories they’ve bought whenever and however they choose.”
BitLit also has around 250,000 ebook titles in its catalog, including works from HarperCollins, Macmillan, Workman, Rodale, Abrams, Elsevier, Wiley, Springer, Baker Publishing Group, and O’Reilly.
The ebooks are added to the service at the publisher's discretion. Prices are set by the publishers, and range from free to a few dollars for most titles. Some publishers (HarperCollins, for example) require DRM, but others let you download a DRM-free ebook.
Other than the fact they're being provided by Findaway, there's no info on price, DRM, or format on the audiobooks included in Shelfie. I have queried BitLit, and am waiting for more information.
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