Reader’s Digest Association Grants Exclusive License To The Reader’s Guild, LLC To Market Condensed Books As Classic Editions

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The Reader’s Guild will release notable titles from celebrated authors under the name Reader’s Digest Classic Editions

Reader's Digest Condensed Books - Classic Editions

Reader's Digest Condensed Books - Classic Editions

The Reader’s Guild, LLC announced today the signing of a long-term, exclusive licensing agreement with Reader’s Digest Association to publish and promote the backlist of its iconic brand, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books as the Classic Editions.

Sixty-five years ago, Reader’s Digest began publishing condensed books, now known as Reader's Digest Select Editions. This partnership continues that tradition by bringing these timeless bestsellers to new audiences as Reader’s Digest Condensed Books - Classic Editions, available for the first time ever as e-books, as well as in both paperback and hardcover editions.

“It is a great privilege to align with the world-class brand Reader's Digest. We are delighted to be able to bring these distinctive condensed titles to the e-publishing age,” said Fred B. Tarter, President and CEO of The Readers Guild. “There is an entirely new group of readers who now have the opportunity to enjoy this unique and exciting library of outstanding titles.”

“Since 1950, Reader’s Digest has published hundreds of condensed titles and we are delighted to work with The Reader’s Guild to give a whole new generation of readers an opportunity to enjoy first-class condensations of award-winning titles, many of which are currently out-of-print,” said Harold Clarke, President and Publisher, Reader’s Digest Books and Home Entertainment.

Millions of readers have enjoyed these unique, expertly condensed versions of such titles as John Steinbeck’s East of Eden and Nicholas Sparks’ Message in a Bottle, along dozen of works from Lee Child, Mary Higgins Clark, Dick Francis, Sondra Brown and many more.

The new Reader's Digest Condensed Books - Classic Editions will be released in all publishing formats including full e-books (on multiple platforms), Kindle Singles, paperback, trade paperback and hardcover editions.

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Reader’s Digest Association (RDA) is a family of iconic brands that celebrate reading, sharing, and doing among consumers on print and digital platforms. Their portfolio of products includes their flagship magazine Reader’s Digest; Taste of Home, the world’s largest circulation food publication; The Family Handyman, America’s leading source for DIY; and a suite of Enthusiast titles including Birds & Blooms, Country, Country Woman, Farm & Ranch Living, and Reminisce. For more than 90 years, Reader’s Digest has simplified and enriched the lives of a passionate readership by discovering and expertly selecting the most interesting content in family, food, health, home improvement, finance, and humor. Reader’s Digest casts a global footprint by providing products and services around the world through owned and licensed operations. Further information about the company can be found at

The Reader’s Guild publishes books and anthologies in all formats and is committed to connecting enthusiastic readers with content of the highest quality. Curating premium content from bestselling titles and fresh, contemporary works by new faces in the writing community, The Reader’s Guild creates unique opportunities for authors and publishers alike in traditional and new formats – long-form, condensed, electronic (e-books and audiobooks) and print (via trade paperbacks and hardcover books). The Reader’s Guild anthologies are collections of selected writings, carefully curated by their prestigious panel of book reviewers and editors, and grouped by author, genre or time period into a single volume for publication. The Reader’s Guild, LLC and its predecessor companies trace their history back to 1963 when publishing industry veteran, Fred B. Tarter, published the largest selling folk music magazine, Hootenanny. Over the next five decades, Tarter published SEW (the magazine for women published for The Singer Sewing Machine Company) and The Burger King Kid’s Club, and had leading management roles in magazine publishing, book publishing, motion picture distribution and television production.

For media inquiries, please contact:
Karin Glaizer
The Reader’s Guild, LLC
(212) 679-3800 x.227

For media inquiries about the Reader’s Digest Association, please contact:
David Press
(917) 721-7046

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