HarperCollins Selects Digital River to Manage Global Commerce and Online Payments for Consumer EBook Sales of its C.S. Lewis Titles Across the U.S. and U.K.
A digital partnership with SupadÃ¼ adds to the online purchase experience for C.S. Lewis fans
MINNEAPOLIS — Nov. 22, 2013— Digital River, Inc. (NASDAQ: DRIV) announced that it is powering global commerce and online payments across the U.S. and U.K to support consumer ebook sales for HarperCollins Publishers on its recently redesigned websites at www.cslewis.com and www.narnia.com. The websites, which feature a digital collection of ebooks, are a centerpiece for the leading book publisher’s global campaign, celebrating the life and works of C.S. Lewis. Digital River joined forces with SupadÃ¼ in building out the complete online shopping experience for HarperCollins’ customers.
“Companies today are looking not only for new channels for establishing direct-to-consumer relationships, but also for increasingly flexible ways to go to market — the comprehensive plug-and-play solution that we have built for HarperCollins accomplishes just that,” said David Woolenberg, Digital River’s senior vice president of global sales for digital commerce. “Our work with HarperCollins is directly aligned with Digital River’s transformation plans to evolve our ecosystem of industry partnerships and expand our leadership presence in software and games across new digital product categories. This includes not only publishing, but also other cloud-enabled services such as subscriptions and usage-based billing models.”
“Offering a direct to consumer option is another way in which we can service our authors and let them engage with their audiences in as many ways as possible,” said Chantal Restivo-Alessi, chief digital officer at HarperCollins. “Whether consumers want to make purchases from a brick- and-mortar store, an online retailer, or from an author brand site, we have a solution to meet their needs and to make our authors’ products accessible to them.”
World Archipelago, a London-based creative technology agency, provided the front end web development for the HarperCollins sites powered by the SupadÃ¼ CMS platform. The sites are integrated into Digital River’s commerce-as-a-service platform, which is facilitating the ebook transaction, including handling global payments, tax and compliance management, fraud prevention, security and order management.
HarperCollins C. S. Lewis ebook products, including classics such as The Magician’s Nephew, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Horse and His Boy, as well as other popular titles, will be available for purchase directly from www.cslewis.com and www.narnia.com.
About Digital River, Inc.
Digital River, Inc. builds and manages online businesses for software and game publishers, consumer electronics manufacturers, distributors, online retailers and affiliates. Its multi-channel commerce solution, which supports both direct and indirect sales, is designed to help companies of all sizes maximize online revenues as well as reduce the costs and risks of running a global commerce operation. The company’s comprehensive platform offers site development and hosting, order management, global payments, cloud-based billing, fraud management, export controls, physical and digital product fulfillment, multi-lingual customer service, advanced reporting and strategic marketing services.
Digital River is headquartered in Minneapolis with offices across the U.S., Asia, Europe and South America. For more details about Digital River, visit the corporate website, call +1 952-253-1234, or follow the company on Twitter.
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