Catching industry observers off-guard, Shelfie—the Canadian bundler of ebooks with customers’ print editions—quietly announces its service is folding.
Penguin Random House ‘holds an effective veto on the success of ebook subscription services,” says Shelfie’s Peter Hudson.
Shelfie’s executives in Canada talk about the startup scene in book publishing—and conclude it’s not as hot as it used to be. What are the lessons learned?
With more than 1,200 publishers on its list, Vancouver’s Shelfie adds Berlin’s De Gruyter, making ebook editions of its books available to individual owners of the print copies.
With Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Vancouver’s Shelfie program adds Harvard Book Store to the list of ebook-bundling retail points.
More than 1,200 publishers now have signed on to the ebook-bundling app Shelfie. New this season: recommendations for readers.
After three years of cold calls to publishers, BitLit has found traction with ebook bundling and expanded into audiobooks with distributor Findaway.