Harlequin is releasing 16 free romance novels that you can enjoy on the iPhone or iPod Touch with Stanza---or on other gizmos through PDF, ePub, eReader or MS Reader. Download the Stanza books from within the program (screenshot), which is almost Kindle-easy. Use the second link for the other formats. I didn't see a Kindle mention, but I assume that format is coming.
About sixty years ago---I don't know the exact date---Harlequin started in the romance-novel business. And the anniversary is the official justification for the freebies. But what good timing in another way, since Valentine's Day so near!
From deadly kisses to speed dating
The titles, from every Harlequin series, range from Kiss Me Deadly to Speed Dating. Kiss, given a five star review on Amazon by Harriet Klausner, is about a vampire with a serious grudge against a witch---until he falls in love with her.
Harlequin's benignly vampirish plan, of course, is to sink its teeth into you with the freebies, so you'll pay for others. Not so coincidentally, the company says the freebies are worth $60. What's more, Jane at Dear Author says they're DRM free. Way to go, Harlequin. I just wish that you'd ditch DRM in all other situations, replacing it perhaps with social DRM. There might be a bit more piracy---but a lot more revenue, without so many techno-hoops for romance fans to jump through. What's more, the fans could own their books for real. Even the most voracious romance readers have their faves they want to save.
A complete list of the freebies follows.
Harlequin American Romance, Once a Cowboy by Linda Warren
Harlequin Blaze, Slow Hands by Leslie Kelly
Harlequin Historical, His Lady Mistress by Elizabeth Rolls
Harlequin Intrigue, Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch by B.J. Daniels
Harlequin Presents, Price of Passion by Susan Napier
Harlequin Romance, The Bride’s Baby by Liz Fielding
Harlequin Superromance, Snowbound by Janice Kay Johnson
Silhouette Desire, Baby Bonanza by Maureen Child
Silhouette Nocturne, Kiss Me Deadly by Michele Hauf
Silhouette Romantic Suspense, Stranded with a Spy by Merline Lovelace
Silhouette Special Edition, Dancing in the Moonlight by Raeanne Thayne
Love Inspired, A Very Special Delivery by Linda Goodnight
Love Inspired Historical, Homespun Bride by Jillian Hart
Love Inspired Suspense, Hide in Plain Sight by Marta Perry
Kimani Romance, Irresistible Forces by Brenda Jackson
Nascar, Speed Dating by Nancy Warren
The main part a Harlequin news release—the list was embedded in it—follows.
Harlequin Enterprises Limited, the global leader in series romance, and Lexcycle Stanza, developer of the most popular electronic book reader for the iPhone and iPod Touch, today announced the release of 16 completely free romance novels available for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
“Harlequin is celebrating 60 years of pure reading pleasure,” said Brent Lewis, VP Digital & Internet. “We’ve had such tremendous success not only because of our exceptional editorial but by innovating and responding to the changing needs of our readers. We know she values the convenience of reading on her mobile device during her busy day.”
The free Harlequin titles will be available beginning today to all iPhone and iPod Touch Stanza users. Stanza for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store or from http://www.lexcycle.com.
At the 2009 MacWorld Conference and Expo, Stanza was named the Best Free or Ad Supported App by the 2008 Best App Ever Awards. More than one million users have downloaded Stanza since the Apple App Store opened in mid July. Stanza owes its explosive growth to the exceptional reading experience it provides including the ability to completely customize the reading experience from 20+ font types, nearly limitless font sizing and a choice of over 125 background and text colors.
“Some of most voracious readers on Stanza are women, and we are proud to team up with Harlequin to introduce Stanza to iPhone-enabled romance fans around the world,” said Neelan Choksi, Chief Operating Officer of Lexcycle, “We anticipate that there are a lot of iPhones and iPod Touch’s that will be purchased as Valentine’s Day gifts this year. Offering free books from the world’s leading romance publisher is our way of spreading the love to our existing fans as well as the new iPhone users.”
Harlequin is a leading digital publisher and the first major house to make its entire frontlist available in eBook simultaneous with print. Harlequin also publishes several original digital only programs including Spice Briefs, Silhouette Nocturne Bites and Harlequin Historical Undone. Its titles frequent the eBook bestseller lists.
More information on Harlequin’s 60th Anniversary and Harlequin’s goal of giving a free romance novel to every woman in America can be found at www.HarlequinCelebrates.com. The total approximate retail value of the free books is $60.00.
Harlequin Enterprises Limited is the global leader in series romance and one of the world’s leading publishers of women’s fiction, with titles issued worldwide in 29 languages and sold in 107 international markets. The company produces more than 120 titles monthly and publishes more than 1,200 authors from around the world. Harlequin Enterprises Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Torstar Corporation, a broadly based media company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TS.B). Harlequin’s Web site is located at www.eHarlequin.com. Harlequin has offices in 19 countries, including offices in Toronto, New York and London. For more information please visit www.eHarlequin.com or press.eHarlequin.com.
Lexcycle and Stanza
About Lexcycle and Stanza Lexcycle is a private company that strives to bring the digital reading revolution to readers around the world. With over one million users in 50 countries, Lexcycle Stanza is the highest rated and the most popular free electronic book reader for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. To learn more, visit www.lexcycle.com …