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Harlequin begins subscription service with Scribd

Toronto-based publishing company Harlequin has signed an agreement with Scribd of San Francisco to participate in its electronic book subscription service. During the one-year agreement, 15,000 Harlequin titles will be available from the Scribd website and mobile applications for a monthly subscription fee. Titles will be drawn from the Harlequin Series Romance, HQN Books, MIRA Books and Carina Press imprints. In addition, the complete Harlequin catalog will be available for individual purchase from the Scribd store.

"Harlequin prides itself on being an innovator in the digital space, so I am thrilled that this partnership with Scribd will help us to meet our readers where they are, whether on a mobile device, desktop computer or tablet," said Craig Swinwood, publisher and CEO of Harlequin. "With 80 million active users, the Scribd platform reaches a vast global readership that can now access some of the best in women's fiction. This innovative model, which combines traditional retail with a subscription offer to backlist titles, will benefit Harlequin authors through extended reach, increased discovery and improved royalty streams."

Harlequin is a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

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