May 22, 2014 Last Updated 7:11 am

Morning Brief: Simon & Schuster signs on to Scribd and Oyster subscription services

Kansas wants to regulate what its educators can say on social media websites; Google expands Paid Newsstand to France and Germany

The eBook subscription services Scribd and Oyster have added the backlists from Simon & Schuster, boosting both services selection.

Oyster-iPhone-sm“Consumers have clearly taken to subscription models for other media, and we expect that our participation in these services will encourage discovery of our books, grow the audience and expand our retail reach for our authors, and create new revenue streams under an author-friendly, advantageous business model for both author and publisher,” Carolyn Reidy, chief executive at the publisher, said.

Recently Oyster was able to announced that their book offerings had reach the half a million mark, The new deal brings in popular titles like Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt, Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, and Angels and Demons by Dan Brown.

If publishers are leery of subscription services they are not showing it. National Geographic joined Oyster recently as well, stating “National Geographic is excited to be working with Oyster. With their impressive title count and beautifully designed experience, they have a compelling offering for modern reading audiences. We look forward to new readers discovering our ebooks on Oyster,” said Rachel Graham,
Senior Director, Digital Book Publishing, National Geographic.

For the 12th time since its monarchy ended in 1932, the Thai military has taken over the country in a coup d’état.

“It is necessary for the Peace and Order Maintaining Command — which includes army, navy, armed forces and police — to take control of governing the country,” Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, said in a television address.

The coup takes place after the military declared martial law two days ago, stating that it wanted to stem the violence between competing political factions. At the time it said its actions were not a coup. Well…

Kansas, which seems to love telling teachers what to teach when it comes to science, now wants to regulate speech on social media.

The Kansas Board of Regents approved a new social media policy that states that one can fire an employee for making statements on social media that are “contrary to the best interests of the employer,” a policy so broad no one knows exactly what it means.

“The problem is it’s hard to know what it means,” Lisa Wolf-Wendel, a professor at the University of Kansas, said according to the Wichita Eagle. “And that’s why it has the chilling effect.”

Google expanded its Paid Newsstand content to France and Germany this week. While Google’s Newsstand is available worldwide, its Paid Newsstand content is available in seven countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, and the United States.

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