Toronto, (September 19, 2007) Harlequin Enterprises Limited, one of the world’s leading publishers of women’s fiction, announced today that they have become the first major publisher to make their complete front-list catalog available in the eBook format. Harlequin releases more 120 titles per month, and their complete list can be found at www.harlequinebooks.com.
Harlequin entered the eBook marketplace in October 2005 and has experienced unqualified success since that time. Romance novels have proven to be one of the most popular categories of digital publishing, and Harlequin titles regularly top eBook bestseller lists.
Harlequin has further embraced the digital revolution by expanding its catalog to include original editorial by New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors offered exclusively in the eBook format—Harlequin Mini and Spice Briefs eBooks—as well as releasing digital eBook bundles not available in print.
“Women have embraced eBooks,” says Malle Vallik, Director Digital Content & Interactivity. “They demand portability, immediacy, availability, depth, breadth and convenience and, by making our entire front list and exclusive digital editorial available to them, we are meeting that challenge. We are meeting the needs of our current audience and reaching a new and diverse base of readers. Seeking innovative new ways to serve our audience continues to be a Harlequin tradition.”
Personally, I think this is fabulous news. I know some of you haven’t jumped on the eBook bandwagon, but you really should. I think for me the best thing about having an eBook reader is the instant gratification. Since I moved the closest bookstore to me is over an hour from home (actual bookstore, not Wal-Mart or etc). So when a new book is released I either have to drive an hour to get it or order it online and wait for it to be shipped. But since I got an eBook reader, I can buy them online and download them immediately. Instant gratification. I no longer have to wait anxiously for the mail to arrive or force myself and my children into the car for a long drive. Just a few clicks of the mouse and the books are mine for the reading.
I’ve also found the prices to be somewhat less for eBooks than print. Perhaps no more than a few cents on the dollar, but when you have a fetish for Romance – as so many of us do – every penny counts.
I think Harlequin offering all new titles in eBook format is wonderful. I’m sure most large publishing houses will soon follow suit. Personally? I couldn’t be happier.
Do yourselves a favor and check into an eBook reader.