Everand, the digital subscription reading and listening platform that is part of Scribd, has launched a new series of online essays with author Roxane Gay.

In 2019, Everand began publishing original short stories and essays under its Everand Originals (né Scribd Originals) imprint. Since then, the platform has released more than 40 e-books by notable authors, ranging from fiction by Margaret Atwood and Stephen King to nonfiction by Lauren Groff and Chuck Palahniuk. The publications, dubbed Everand Originals, typically comprise fewer than 100 pages, and are released in e-book and audiobook formats. Authors are paid a flat fee and retain their rights to adapt and expand their work.

This week, the company released the first title edited by Gay, author of such titles as Bad Feminist and Hunger. (Gay had previously published an original title, Writing in the Wound, with Everand in 2021.) The new series, called Roxane Gay &, launched on Jan. 24 with Built for This by Julia Turshen, a chef and cookbook author who writes about her years of disordered eating and adoption of powerlifting.

The series will continue with four more publications, among them are You are a Teen Mom: Instructions by Randa Jarrar, on Feb. 28; My Year in Psychedelics: Lessons on Better Living by Gabrielle Bellot, on March 27; and Good Girls, an essay about women and their dogs by Elaine Castillo, on April 24. Gay's own original essay, Stand Your Ground, will complete the series.

“These talented and accomplished writers—who were hand-selected by Roxane—are widely respected,” Andrew Weinstein, v-p of content acquisition and strategy at Scribd, Inc., parent company of Everand, said in a statement. “We hope their work entertains and inspires new and returning audiences alike.”

All titles in the series will be available to read with an Everand subscription. To mark the launch, Everand is doubling its free trial period for its subscription from 30 to 60 days, provided a new readers come through the special series landing page link.