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Harlequin Romances Go Digital

The latest buzz in the publishing world now revolves around the special liaison disclosed by Harlequin Enterprises Limited and LibreDigital. So far, the recent affair has produced eHarlequin.com (www.eharlequin.com), a new digital service that uses the LibreDigital Internet Digital Warehouse solution to provide readers with new ways to access Harlequin titles digitally, including online and mobile formats.

Beginning in April, Harlequin will offer a few of its most popular series online and ready for browsing, such as Harlequin Presents and romance titles by Debbie Macomber, Heather Graham, and Mercedes Lackey.

These new online options have aroused the interest of romance readers who are hot for digital, according to Brent Lewis, vice president of internet and digital at Harlequin, who says readers can now interact with and even share stories with the Browse the Book feature and widget functionality. Readers can still embrace the print variety, but they also can commit to virally spreading their favorite book titles on the internet through author websites, blogs, and social networks. Harlequin, which was one of the first major publishers to surrender its entire front list to digital, sold more than 130 million books in 2007, many of which scale to the top of ebook bestseller lists. Its community of 1,200 writers worldwide generates more than 120 titles each month in 29 languages.

Publishers including Bloomsbury, HarperCollins, and Hachette also use LibreDigital solutions. The Internet Digital Warehouse lets publishers deliver searchable book content in a variety of digital formats while protecting control of content and copyrights. Sweet.

Source: Harlequin Enterprises Ltd.



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