Harlequin announces an e-book-only imprint, in addition to planning for many e-book originals through other imprints.
Are you a romance novel reader in love with your e-reader? If so, you’re in luck.
Harlequin, the publisher with a name that is almost synonymous with romance novels, is releasing a host of new e-book originals through several of its imprints over the next several months, with plans to further increase this initiative. No date is set yet for the books to appear in print.
“We’re thrilled to further expand our reach in the digital space,” Loriana Sacilotto, executive vice president of global editorial at Harlequin, told 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, [and] leverage popular digital trends.”
The new program will include the launch of Harlequin-E, an imprint that will be devoted solely to works that are released first in digital format. The first title is scheduled for launch sometime this fall. Starting in 2014, the imprint plans to begin releasing two to six titles per month. Harlequin-E will focus on “out-of-the-box ideas that don’t fit into existing series romance lines,” according to the publisher.