Harlequin Audiobooks Available to Libraries

518zXhFJhFL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200___1438721351_18757Harlequin audiobooks are now available for libraries for the first time through Harlequin Audio, a new imprint operating in conjunction with HarperAudio. The first titles, including Carla Neggers’s The Harbor and Shona Patel’s Flame Tree Road, were released on June 30, and the company plans to release a total of 200 in its first year.

“The Harlequin Audio titles will be available through all major library distributors in digital and physical formats,” says Sean McManus, associate publisher, HarperAudio. “Our partners, MidWest Tape and Blackstone Audio, will handle the distribution for physical CDs into libraries and Harlequin Audio works directly with all digital distributors.” McManus adds that the audiobooks will also be available via streaming services such as “Overdrive and the majority of digital library distributors. The one exception is Hoopla Digital.”

Harlequin Audio will be publishing both single (Mira, HQN, etc.) titles and category romances, the latter initially in the HQN Presents, Desire, Intrigue, Nocturne, and Blaze lines. McManus does not rule out adding more series lines in the future, explaining that the company will be “constantly monitoring them and testing out what works well in both library and retail marketplaces.”

61qrjl8bjdL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200___1438721454_92268While many Harlequin authors have negotiated their audio rights separately in the past, allowing audio versions of their books to be released by different publishers, McManus shares that the company’s “goal moving forward is to push for audio rights. We feel that publishing a title in all formats allows our marketing, sales, publicity, etc., to work together to create the best publication possible. We believe that we are well positioned to offer our authors the best audio publication possible.”

McManus adds, “Similar to how HarperAudio has been focused on the library market, Harlequin Audio will do the same. We believe that there is a big listenership for Harlequin authors in the library market and we are looking forward to bringing great productions of Harlequin titles into the marketplace. Many authors will be available in libraries for the first time, which we are very excited about.”

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