New Features Include Better Mobile Capability, Improved Book and Author Pages and Faster Load Time
NEW YORK, December 5— Simon & Schuster is pleased to announce the newest evolution of simonandschuster.com, the official website of Simon & Schuster, Inc., will debut today. The new website, which represents a top-to-bottom makeover, continues Simon & Schuster’s tradition of constantly refining its digital presence to help readers find information about their favorite books and authors, or newly discovered gems, in the most direct and accessible manner from any device, with a special focus on mobile phones and tablets.
“In an increasingly digital world, our success is dependent on helping readers easily find the information they need and want,” said Carolyn Reidy, President and CEO of Simon & Schuster. “This latest update of our site is part of our ongoing effort to employ the latest and most effective tools and principles of web design to better serve readers and highlight our books and authors.”
“With more than fifty percent of the traffic to our site coming from mobile, and sixty percent generated by search, we have designed the new simonandschuster.com to maximize the speed at which readers can find the books and authors they are looking for, and to present a full suite of information all in one place once they arrive,” said Liz Perl, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “This improved design and functionality makes searching for books and exclusive content easier and faster than ever, no matter how you arrive at our site.”
Some of the many new and improved functions that readers are sure to find helpful include:
Optimization for Mobile—Improved swiping and tapping capabilities make the mobile version as easy to use as the desktop site.
Improved Book Pages—Find everything about a title from a single page: open content drawers to read a description, see the cover, watch videos or sample the audio version. Links to various retailers will remain on the side of the screen during scrolling, making purchasing books easier than ever.
Also included on the book page is a brand-new addition called Why We Love This Book. Hear directly from a book’s editor or other Simon & Schuster employee about why this title stands out. This new feature is designed to give readers an inside look at the book-making process, and to provide a compelling argument from a publishing insider for why they should read the book. It’s a great way to find out what makes a title unique from the people who know it best.
Find Your Favorite Authors—Newly designed author pages make it easier to give readers the information they most care about, including ways to find out authors’ next live appearances and see other titles by those authors.
Book Club Favorites—A revamped presence now incorporates branding from Simon & Schuster’s recently launched Book Club Favorites, with content curated specifically for the book club audience, the ability to promote special Facebook Live events and more.
Payment Options—Customers can now use Paypal to buy directly through simonandschuster.com.
The site will maintain some of the features from the former site that users love, such as bestseller information, curated book recommendations, series pages and a carousel of new releases. The site also makes it easier than ever to join Simon & Schuster’s email list for access to even more great content and offers.
The update will feature streamlined navigation and higher quality images, and will cut page load time in half, all making for a better user experience.
Simon & Schuster’s consumer sites in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom, and at its business-to-business sites simonandschuster.biz and simonandschuster.net will be launched simultaneously with the new site design and performance metrics.
About Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats. Its distinguished roster of authors includes many of the world’s most popular and widely recognized writers, and winners of the most prestigious literary honors and awards. It is home to numerous well-known imprints and divisions such as Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Atria Books, Gallery Books, Pocket Books, Touchstone, Adams Media, Threshold Editions, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing and Simon & Schuster Audio and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom. Simon & Schuster proudly brings the works of its authors to readers in more than 200 countries and territories. For more information visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com
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