Cosmopolitan is publishing its first e-single, a collection of three “naughty tales” by Jennifer Weiner, Jane Green and Meg Cabot, with Open Road Integrated Media. The title: Cosmo’s Sexiest Stories Ever.
The three stories–”Sex Under the Stars” by Jane Green, “Birthday Sex She’ll Never Forget” by Jennifer Weiner, and “Falling in Lust at the Jersey Shore” by Meg Cabot–originally appeared in consecutive issues of the magazine this summer and are now being bundled together. The e-single is $0.99 and available at Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN), Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS), Kobo, Apple’s iBookstore, the Sony (NYSE: SNE) Reader Store and Overdrive (meaning it will be distributed into libraries).
Cosmopolitan and Open Road will split the e-book profits 50/50.
Cosmopolitan said it is working on other e-book projects tied into its existing print books, but this is its first e-original. Jane Friedman, cofounder and CEO of Open Road and the former CEO of HarperCollins, said Open Road is looking to expand the digital content it publishes as e-books, so we could expect to see more deals like this from them soon.