Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Books In Your InBox

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dee and I have discussed the lack of eBook dishes before - we'd like to be able to read and dish more of them , but neither one of us have an eBook reader, and as busy moms, we simply do not have the time to sit at the computer and read for a few hours. However, I just received a press release from Harlequin that could change all of that. It seems Harlequin has teamed up with DailyLit and will now be featuring some of their books through e-mail or RSS feeds, in installments.

This idea intrigues me. Apparently, the installments will come right to your in-box, at the time you specify every day, and can be read in right around 5 minutes. The only problem I could see was what if I came to a real page turning scene and the installment ends? Well, after some study, I see that additional installments are also available on demand, so if I understand correctly, I could turn the virtual page right away without having to wait until the next days e-mail.

Most titles will run you around $5, and both backlist and frontlist Harlequin titles will be available. Hopefully, Harlequin will dust off some of those out of print category titles that people are paying an arm and a leg for at online auction sites. I know several readers that would LOVE that.

Press Release:

DailyLit and Harlequin to Deliver Romance Novels
Via Email Installments

Leading Series Romance Publisher Offers Frontlist and Backlist Titles in Digital Serialization Format


Mamaroneck, New York –– DailyLit (www.dailylit.com), a service that allows users to read entire books via email and RSS installments announced today its initial deal with Harlequin Enterprises Limited, the global leader in series romance and one of the world’s leading publishers of women’s fiction, to deliver in its digital serialization format 100 of Harlequin’s backlist as well as 20 frontlist titles each month on an on-going basis.

His For The Taking, Beauty and The Billionaire and Expecting His Love Child are just a few of the titles that will be added over the next few months. Most titles will be priced under $5.00 and will be delivered in daily email installments, with more on demand, at the click of a mouse.
“We are delighted to be working with DailyLit”, said Donna Hayes, Publisher and CEO of Harlequin. “DailyLit allows us to bring our compelling editorial to readers in a convenient new way. This partnership means that the Harlequin experience will be available as emails on demand to readers with computers or handheld devices anytime, anywhere.”

“We’re thrilled to offer romance readers a large selection of Harlequin titles, including brand new frontlist titles on a monthly basis,” said Susan Danziger, Publisher and co-founder of DailyLit. “Romance novels are a great escape from day-to-day life, and via
DailyLit, they can be read in any spare moment, from when you’re waiting to pick up
your kids from school to when you want to take a break from work.”

ABOUT HARLEQUIN

Harlequin Enterprises Limited is the global leader in series romance and one of the world’s leading publishers of women’s fiction, with titles issued worldwide in 26 languages and sold in 109 international markets. The company produces 120 titles monthly and publishes more than 1,300 authors from around the world. Harlequin Enterprises Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Torstar Corporation, a broadly based media company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TS.B). Harlequin’s Web site is located at www.eHarlequin.com. Harlequin has offices in 18 countries, including offices in Toronto, New York and London. For more information please visit www.eHarlequin.com or press.eHarlequin.com.

ABOUT DAILYLIT

DailyLit (www.dailylit.com), a service that allows users to read entire books via email and/or RSS feeds, currently features over 500 classic and contemporary works offered for free and on a Pay-Per-Read basis. The books are sent in individual installments on the day and time selected by each reader (e.g., every weekday at 6:30 AM) and can be read in less than 5 minutes; additional installments are available to be read on demand. Co-founded by a team of publishing professionals and technology experts, DailyLit is headquartered in Mamaroneck, New York.


Take Care

3 comments:

avagee said...

You can also get a wide range of free (gratis) classics to read on your cell phone from http://www.booksinmyphone.com Their reader is easy to use and gives you a good reading experience. Phone screens are small but I quickly forgot about that and got that 'reading feeling'.

If your phone can run java games it will run their packaged books. If you have an internet connection you can install direct to the phone, otherwise via a PC.

kc said...

Hmm, this is an interesting concept. But at 5 minutes a day, how long does it take to read a book? Must be a while. I own a Palm TX, and I read books on there, even though I have a copy of the books on my computer.

My main wish is that more out of print books would be made available as ebooks.

Chari-Dee said...

avagee - Thanks for the heads up on that one, I don't think reading from my cell phone is something I would do, but hopefully some of our readers will like the idea. I wonder, although the books are free, wouldn't text charges apply?
I think that the DailyLit also has free titles, classic ones though, not Harlequin.

kc - From what I can tell, some of those books come in at around 55 installments. Definitelty something for those that are short on free reading time.

Thanks to you both for stopping by.