The HarperCollins acquisition of Harlequin earlier this year bore expected fruit today.
Scribd announced on Thursday that it had signed a deal with the romance publisher to add 15,000 titles to Scribd’s ebook subscription service. The Harlequin Scribd deal will run for one year, and like the deal that HarperCollins struck with Scribd the Harlequin works will be drawn from Harlequin’s backlist.
Readers who subscribe to Scribd’s $9 a month service will find titles from a variety of Harlequin imprints, including Harlequin Series Romance, HQN Books, MIRA Books and Carina Press. They’ll be able to read books by bestselling authors, including Debbie Macomber, Shannon Stacey, Robyn Carr, Susan Wiggs, and Heather Graham.
Scribd is saying that they have an exclusive on Harlequin’s catalog, which means Scribd is going to be the only subscription service to find the ebooks. While I am sure Oyster is gnashing their teeth at the news, it’s worth noting that both Oyster and Kindle Unlimited have a more than adequate selection of romance titles. In fact, thanks to its reliance on indie authors KU might actually have more romance titles than either of its competitors.
In related news, Scribd will also be adding the entire Harlequin catalog to its retail site.