December 12, 2014 Last Updated 7:52 am

Scribd adds eBook titles from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The unlimited e-books and audiobooks service adds more than a thousand titles to its subscription service including titles from George Orwell, Umberto Eco and J.R.R. Tolkien

The eBook subscription service Scribd today announced that it would be adding over a thousand new titles to its offerings through the addition of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to its line-up.

JRRT-2-cover“At long last, we’re thrilled to welcome Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to Scribd,” the company announced on its website. “They’ve long been one of our favorite publishers, with a long history of publishing books from some of the most beloved and celebrated writers of all time, from Nathaniel Hawthorne to George Orwell, Virginia Woolf, Robert Penn Warren, Umberto Eco, Ursula K. Le Guin, and more.”

Motivation for the move, on the part of Harcourt, could be thought of as going for incremental dollars from a new source, or as searching for an alternative to Amazon.com. In any case, publishers find it hard to turn down new revenue, even if it means getting pennies on the dollar. But we are talking about the publisher’s backlist here.

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