ProQuest to buy ebook hunting site, ebook store
The ProQuest ebook store will become a subscription service in a deal with e-reader retailer Kindle, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The retailer will become the publisher of Kindle Books and ebook downloads for ProQuest, a subsidiary of Amazon.com.
The deal, which was first reported by The Hollywood Journal, is a partnership between ProQuest and Amazon that will include ebook hunting and ebook downloading.
ProQuest’s business is primarily geared toward digital retailers, such as Amazon, Best Buy, and Target.
The new ebook retailer will operate out of the same ProQuest store in New York City as its retail arm, The ProQuark.
ProQuarks current and former employees, as well as a small group of employees, will be able to buy a subscription for $5 per month, the newspaper reported.
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Proquest’s current online ebook buyer account will remain active until the end of March.
Pro Quest is not the only digital retailer that is looking to expand its e-book catalog.
On Tuesday, Amazon announced that it will expand its ebook library with the purchase of ebooks publisher, Scribd.
The online retailer will be offering books from such prominent publishers as HarperCollins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins Kids, Scribner, Penguin Random House, Harper Collins Children’s Books, and Penguin Random World.
Amazon has also recently begun selling e-books via a new Kindle service, the Kindle Owners Program, which allows Amazon users to pay for books through Amazon, Paypal, or credit cards.
In addition to the Amazon acquisition, ProQuest announced on Wednesday that it would be adding two new book-reviewing services to its ecommerce platform.
One of those is an Amazon review site called ReviewHub, which will allow customers to review books from multiple publishers, including HarperCollins Children’s and HarperCollins Books, Scribdu, and Scribd, according to the company.
The other is a new service called the Amazon Audience, which offers customers the ability to track which authors are being read by their fans.
At the time of the announcement, ProQuack said it would “continue to invest heavily in our digital e-commerce platform” and that the company plans to continue adding new titles to the marketplace.