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Scribd, Simon & Schuster in Publishing Deal

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On Friday, Scribd announced that it and Simon & Schuster had signed a deal to sell Simon & Schuster eBooks in the Scribd Store. The 5,000 books already up on the site are by a variety of famous authors including Ernest Hemingway, Steve Martin, Tori Spelling, Dan Brown, and Stephen King.

The news comes as Google and Amazon are competing for the lead in the e-book market.

"Amazon's strategy of a single price for all titles is right out of Apple's playbook, and one at which publishers chafe," wrote one observer.

Take a look at the companies' mission statements. Amazon's goal is to be the place "where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices."

Google's mission is "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful."

Scribd, which calls itself "the largest social publishing company in the world," says its mission is "to liberate the written word -- to turn everyone into a publisher and create the best possible reading experience on the web and mobile platforms."

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