Following the announcement of a website devoted to the world of business books in early February, today Simon & Schuster launched a publisher-agnostic website dedicated to the "discovery of favorite books." Off the Shelf will highlight previously published books through a daily original review or essay centered on a title released at least one year earlier.
Also available as a daily email subscription, Off the Shelf will be headed up by Suzanne Donahue, associate publisher of the S&S Publishing Group, in conjunction with Simon & Schuster Digital. The site will feature books from all publishers, both fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young readers.
“While it is very easy to learn about the latest, hot new must-have books, we know from experience that many readers are more interested in what’s relevant to them regardless of its moment in the publishing cycle,” said Carolyn Reidy, president and CEO of Simon & Schuster. “With Off the Shelf, we aim to bring attention to books that were bestsellers you might have read or wanted to, books that you may have missed in the often overwhelming number of titles that get published every year, or simply books that have touched us as readers, left an indelible mark on us, and become friends that we revisit often.
Reviews for the site will be written by S&S staffers, with occasional guest reviews, interviews, articles and reading lists from authors and editors. Off the Shelf will also include original video content, as well as media from other publishing houses.