HarperCollins Extends Scribd Partnership to Harlequin Ebooks

HarlequinCollectionScribd adds more than 15,000 Harlequin titles to its subscription-based ebook catalog, through a new one-year agreement announced today.

The romance publisher was acquired by NewsCorp, the parent company of HarperCollins, earlier this year, in what was the largest merger since Penguin and Random House merged in 2013.

HarperCollins was among the first publishers to make its titles available to ebook subscription services. In May this year it added 10,000 additional titles to Scribd competitor Oyster, plus 4,000 titles to the children’s ebook subscription provider Epic! the same month.

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With the new deal, Harlequin, now operated a division of HarperCollins, extends the publisher’s partnership with Scribd, which offers users unlimited access to some 500,000 ebooks for a monthly rate of $8.99.

[Press Release]

HARLEQUIN MAKES 15,000 EBOOKS AVAILABLE ON SCRIBD IN SUBSCRIPTION EXCLUSIVE

Titles Available Across All Devices for $8.99 Per Month

TORONTO, SAN FRANCISCO, October 2, 2014—Harlequin (www.Harlequin.com), one of the world’s leading publishers of books for women, today announced that it has entered into a one-year agreement with Scribd, the world’s largest digital library and book subscription service. Scribd will be the exclusive subscription partner for 15,000 titles from Harlequin’s extensive backlist. Titles from a variety of Harlequin imprints, including Harlequin Series Romance, HQN Books, MIRA Books and Carina Press, will be available through Scribd’s US $8.99 monthly subscription service and accessible on iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Kindle Fire, NOOK Tablet and web browsers. Featured bestselling authors include Debbie Macomber, Robyn Carr, Susan Wiggs, Heather Graham and Shannon Stacey. Scribd will also be making the full Harlequin catalog available for individual purchase in the Scribd retail store.

“Harlequin prides itself on being an innovator in the digital space, so I am thrilled that this partnership with Scribd will help us to meet our readers where they are—whether on a mobile device, desktop computer or tablet,” said Craig Swinwood, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of Harlequin. “With 80 million active users, the Scribd platform reaches a vast global readership that can now access some of the best in women’s fiction. And this innovative model, which combines traditional retail with a subscription offer to backlist titles, will benefit Harlequin authors through extended reach, increased discovery and improved royalty streams.”

“Our readers around the world have come to know Scribd as the leading destination for romance books, and we’re delighted to bring them even more of the content they crave,” said Trip Adler, CEO and cofounder of Scribd. “The subscription model is unlocking powerful changes in reading habits and this is most prominent within the romance genre. With this many Harlequin titles, available only on Scribd, we know our romance fans will read their hearts out.”

About Harlequin

Harlequin (www.Harlequin.com) is one of the world’s leading publishers of books for women, with titles issued worldwide in 34 languages and sold in 102 international markets. The company publishes more than 110 titles monthly and more than 1,300 authors from around the world. Harlequin is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, one of the largest English-language publishers in the world. Harlequin has offices in 16 countries, including offices in Toronto, New York and London. For more information, please visit Harlequin.com and Facebook.com/HarlequinBooks. Follow Harlequin on Twitter: @HarlequinBooks.

About Scribd
Scribd is the premier subscription reading service with more than 500,000 titles, including New York Times bestsellers, classics and reader favorites in every genre. Available in more than 194 countries and 80 languages via iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, NOOK Tablet and the web, Scribd also features millions of written works contributed by users around the world. Launched in 2007 by Trip Adler and Jared Friedman and backed by Y Combinator, Charles River Ventures and Redpoint Ventures, Scribd is one of the most influential websites in the world, reaching more than 80 million active readers every month. For more information, please visit www.scribd.com.

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