In another sign that book publishers are looking to embrace alternatives to's Kindle e-book store, the New York Times reports that Simon & Schuster has agreed to sell digital copies of its books on, a popular document-sharing Web site.

Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS, plans to announce Friday that it will make digital editions of about 5,000 titles available for purchase on the site, including books from best-selling authors like Stephen King, Dan Brown and Mary Higgins Clark. It will also add thousands of other titles to Scribd's search engine, allowing readers to sample 10 percent...

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