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Vancouver start-up partners with leading scientific publisher to make print-ebook bundles available to readers
August 25, 2016 (Vancouver, BC) — Shelfie, a free mobile application that connects readers to their books, announced today a partnership with leading scientific book publisher, De Gruyter. The partnership marks the first time that the publisher’s full catalogue of titles will be available to their individual customers in ebook bundles. Shelfie currently boasts more than 450,000 titles available through the app.
Shelfie allows readers to digitize their print library by taking a photo of their bookshelf (a “shelfie”). Readers identify a list of books available for free or at a discount and are able to download an ebook or audiobook simply by snapping a photo of their book’s copyright page marked with a bookplate or their handwritten name.
“De Gruyter has a track record of creating and participating in innovative business models that offer increased value to readers of our content. By partnering with Shelfie we aim to further that mission,” says Ben Ashroft, Vice President Sales & Marketing at De Gruyter
“The addition of De Gruyter makes Shelfie the hub of scientific and technical ebook bundling,” said Mary Alice Elcock, vice president of content at Shelfie.This is an important vertical for Shelfie’s readers, and we are thrilled to be able to better serve their needs.”
Shelfie adds De Gruyter to their catalogue of 450,000 ebook titles and 24,000 audiobook titles already available for bundling. Major publishing partners are HarperCollins, Macmillan, Hachette, Elsevier, Springer, Wiley and McGraw-Hill.
De Gruyter has been publishing first-class scholarship for more than 260 years. Headquartered in Berlin, the company group releases over 1,300 new titles each year in the humanities, social sciences, medicine, natural sciences, and law; publishes more than 750 journals; and offers a wide range of digital media. The company group includes the imprints De Gruyter Akademie Forschung, Birkhäuser, De Gruyter Mouton, De Gruyter Oldenbourg, De Gruyter Open, and De Gruyter Saur. For more information, visit: www.degruyter.com.
Shelfie is a free mobile application that connects readers and books by allowing them to create a digital catalog of their library. Via any iOS or Android device, users can snap a photo of their bookshelf and using its patented technology, Shelfie scans the spines of every book to identify titles and provides the digital or audio versions of more than 400,000 titles. The app allows publishers to connect with readers by offering them free or discounted digital and audiobook bundles. Founded in 2013 by Peter Hudson and Marius Muja, as BitLit Media Inc., Shelfie is headquartered in Vancouver, BC, Canada. www.shelfie.com
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