Harlequin enters 1-year deal with Scribd to bring 15,000 backlist to their digital library
TORONTO and SAN FRANCISCO – October 2, 2014 — Harlequin, 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.”