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Morning Links: Afternoon at Harlequin. Book publishers and Black Friday
November 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

harlequinAn Afternoon at Harlequin (Dear Author) I had been warned by Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches–who had visited the Harlequin headquarters before–that the offices where Harlequin is housed is a rather ordinary building featuring a plain exterior. Inside is where the magic takes place. *** A Kindle Software Update Lets You Share eBooks with Your Family (GigaOM) Amazon started pushing an over-the-air update to certain Kindle e-readers on Friday, which means that the new e-reading features Amazon touted when launching its Kindle Voyage will soon be available for older Kindles as well, as promised. *** Five Trends to Watch (PW) But six months later, Amazon’s purchase of...

Morning Links: B&N launches new audiobook app. Embrace change
November 6, 2014 | 9:00 am

B&NWe Need a New 'Church and State' in Digital Publishing (Media Shift) Much of the digital content industry is lost today in discussions about the blurred line between publisher and advertiser — otherwise known as the divide between church and state. *** Harlequin, Divergent Drive HarperCollins (PW) The purchase of Harlequin, combined with the continuing strong sales of the Divergent series, resulted in a 24% sales increase at HarperCollins in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, which ended September 30. *** Barnes & Noble Launches New Audiobook App (GoodeReader) B&N has just unveiled their new Nook Audiobook App for Android. It is currently in beta and...

Weekend Links: Lawsuit against Harlequin confirmed as class action. Amazon stock plunges
October 26, 2014 | 10:23 am

harlequinWhich Authors Have Quit Writing Who You Wish Would Return? (Book Riot) As a reader I often view authors as writing until they die, their fingers curled over their keyboard or the pen still clutched in the hand. But even if they don’t formally announce their retirement as Spencer did, many authors do stop writing. ** Author Lawsuit Against Harlequin Certified as Class Action (The Digital Reader) Originally filed in July 2012, Keiler et al v. Harlequin Enterprises Limited et al was brought by a group of authors who allege that Harlequin had cheated them out of their royalties. *** Amazon Stock Plunges as Record Loss...

Scribd announces one-year exclusive deal with Harlequin
October 2, 2014 | 9:05 am

scribd and harlequinRomance readers take note. Harlequin just signed a one-year exclusive subscription deal with Scribd. From the release: 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. This is a great deal for romance readers, some of whom read multiple books in a day. But is it good for Scribd? First let's talk about that exclusivity deal....

Weekend Roundup: HarperCollins/Harlequin, Dead Novels, and more
May 4, 2014 | 6:54 pm

Kindle Daily Deal: Spider Woman's Daughter (and others) -- HarperCollins Acquisition of Harlequin and What it Means for Readers (Dear Author) I saw a number of people speculate that the sale of Harlequin had to do with Harlequin being in trouble financially and while Harlequin has seen decreasing profits in the recent years, it was still a healthy and profitable division of Torstar. -- The Novel is Dead (and This Time it's for Real) (The Guardian) Literary fiction used to be central to the culture. No more: in the digital age, not only is...

News Corp purchases Harlequin, joining HarperCollins
May 2, 2014 | 12:34 pm

harlequinHarlequin is headed to HarperCollins. News Corp, which owns HarperCollins, made the announcement on Friday. It has acquired one of the leading publishers in women’s fiction. Harlequin publishes the works of more than 1,300 authors and releases more than 110 titles monthly. About 40 percent of Harlequin’s revenues come from books published in languages other than English. Currently, 99 percent of HarperCollins books are published in English, according to a release. There is an interesting statistic above regarding how Harlequin books are sold. About 40 percent of its revenues come from books that are not published in English, yet the overwhelming majority of...

Harlequin Looks to Grow Digital Imprints
August 16, 2013 | 12:41 pm

HarlequinSome Harlequin books are going digital-first. Several of the publisher's imprints will release e-books over the coming months, publishing books for a digital audience, according to Publishers Weekly. “In a retail environment that’s increasingly challenging for new and emerging authors, digital publication and promotion allows us to continue to encourage author discovery and growth, bring books to market more quickly, leverage popular digital trends and offer authors an outlet for their nontraditional and ancillary streams,” Loriana Sacilotto, Harlequin's EVP of global editorial told PW. Harlequin Teen will publish a title every other month, beginning with "Stir Me Up" by author Sabrina Elkins on...

New children’s e-book program Nintendo’s first official foray into e-books, but far from first for the Game Boy
July 4, 2013 | 4:47 am

Happy Fourth, to those of our readership who observe it! Rocketnews has a comprehensive English-language report on some new Nintendo-related e-book news. Nintendo is launching an e-book program for its 3DS handhelds aimed at grade-school kids, with 300 Japanese children’s books available. Whereas Nintendo used to be the undisputed king of console and mobile gaming, and still does well in Japan, its numbers have been declining abroad as more and more kids turn to smartphones and tablets and the gaming possibilities they represent. Hence, it’s starting to explore new markets. On The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder mentions...

Not all digital-only imprints are exploitative, The Guardian reports
June 23, 2013 | 12:42 pm

carina_logoOn The Guardian’s self-publishing blog, Molly Flatt takes a look at the controversy surrounding some of the traditional publishers’ new digital-only imprints. She brings up the uproar over Hydra’s contracts that were viewed as exploitative, but also discusses Little, Brown’s “Blackfriars” imprint, and Harlequin’s “Carina,” which offer contract terms more akin to traditional publishing. The message seems to be that authors should not be afraid of a digital-only imprint because it is digital-only, but should look carefully at the terms it offers. Author Amy Bird tells Flatt that Carina gave her all the editorial and marketing support she would...

Morning Links: Stories you may have missed
April 3, 2013 | 9:15 am

Morning LinksAmazon, Publishers File for Dismissal in Bookseller's Lawsuit (The Digital Reader) Class Action eBook Royalty Lawsuit Against Harlequin Books Dismissed (Digital Book World) Goodreads Acquisition Presents Opportunity for Library Thing (The Digital Shift) We're Not Done with First Sale (Scholarly Communications) Kindle Daily Deals: Against the Fall of Night by Arthur C. Clarke (and 3 others)  ...

Thanks to mommy porn, e-book lending is on the rise
February 23, 2013 | 10:43 am

Bedded By The Greek BillionaireIt's certainly not news that the rising tide of books in the so-called "mommy porn" genre are driving sales of e-books like nothing else that has come before them. But a recent article in Ireland's Belfast Telegraph explains that erotic fiction is resulting in many more e-book library loans, too. In one Irish community, according to the article, e-book library loans rose "from 16,231 in 2011 to 19,847 in 2012." And what was the area's most popular library e-book in 2012? A steamy Harlequin romance by India Grey, titled At The Argentinean Billionaire's Bidding. Another Harelquin, Kate Walker's Bedded by the Greek Billionaire, was the second most-borrowed...

New digital publishing imprint specializing in women’s fiction launches
October 1, 2012 | 9:04 pm

Bookouture is a new digital publishing imprint launched by ex-Harlequin UK marketing controller Oliver Rhodes. Specializing in women’s fiction, Bookouture will publish e-books and print-on-demand globally, paying a 45 percent of net receipts royalty on e-books. “My aim with Bookouture is to focus on creating global author brands and followings—through high-quality editing and particularly through smart, creative digital marketing," Rhodes says. "We’ll be delivering bespoke digital publishing and marketing for every single one of our authors, in a way not always possible at larger publishers. That means focusing very much on the author as [a] brand, and aiming for a select number...