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HarperCollins partners with Scribd for new eBook subscription service

Online publishing platform Scribd this week launched a new subscription service that provides unlimited eBook access for $9 (£5) per month.

The new service includes "thousands of best-sellers and new releases," which you can read from your iPhone, iPad, Android device, and the Web. HarperCollins Publishers has signed on as the first major publishing partner for the initiative, making the majority of its US and Christian backlist catalogue available for the subscription service, including selections from Paulo Coelho, Neil Gaiman, Marian Keys, and Elmore Leonard.

Works from publishers like E-Reads, Kensington, Red Wheel/Weiser, Rosetta Books, Sourcebooks, and Workman will also be available.

Scribd is currently offering a free one-month trial of the service. After signing up, you can read as much as you want with no limits, and you'll get personalised recommendations.

Scribd synchs all your devices where you left off, so you can start a book on your iPad and then later pick it up on your phone without losing your place. You can also bookmark your favourite titles and save them for offline viewing, so you can access them with or without an Internet connection.

"Since starting Scribd six years ago, we have gained a lot of experience building a library of books and written works, growing a global community, and gathering data on what readers and publishers want," Trip Adler, CEO and co-founder of Scribd, said in a statement. "Those insights have helped us build a product that we believe delivers on a new and better reading experience by giving our customers instant access to a vast collection of books to read, across a wide array of the top digital devices, all for one low monthly price. We are thrilled to be working with HarperCollins on such an innovative and pioneering partnership."

At this point, Scribd has more than 80 million active users and a library of more than 40 million books and documents in 100 countries and 80 languages worldwide. With so much choice on offer, you may want to start organising your eBook shelf lest it start resembling the ordered chaos of your real-world one.

You can sign up for the service via using your Facebook account or Scribd account, or via the Scribd apps, which are available on Google Play and the App Store.