Thursday, April 24, 2008

Harlequin's Latest News

Yesterday's Publisher's Weekly had a report on Harlequin, to whom they referred to as the leading publisher of romance and women’s fiction (which they are. I also equate them to the 800-pound gorilla in the room--you just can't ignore them). Harlequin has announced that LibreDigital (a division of NewsStand that handles digital books for publishers such as HarperCollins, Bloomsbury and Hachette) will handle all of its digital book projects as well, including its e-books, and will also handle online browsing capabilities via widgets and its Browse the Book tool.

Last September, Harlequin announced that it would release all new books in both digital (e-book) and print format. Other future goals include using LibreDigital’s browsing and warehousing tools in conjunction with online retailers like Amazon.

Traditional publishers (i.e., big-house print pubs versus epubs) seem to be slowly coming to terms with the ever-changing publishing industry and the astounding growth that electronically-published books have seen in recent years.

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