Cosmo launches e-book erotica collection

Women's magazine Cosmopolitan has launched its first erotic short story collection, Cosmo Sexy Stories: Volume 1, featuring five stories by Cosmopolitan writers.

Cosmopolitan has been releasing e-books about sex and relationships since last year, publishing 14 so far, but Cosmo Sexy Stories is the first collection of original fiction from the magazine's writers.

Priced £2.99, the collection is available now through all major e-book retailers.

Group publishing director Ella Dolphin said: "As the world's biggest women's magazine brand, Cosmopolitan has a long history of publishing fiction which our readers love to get lost in. This collection is the first of many written specifically for the Cosmo girl to consumer on whichever device she chooses."

This follows the news last week that Cosmopolitan in the US is linking up with romance publisher Harlequin for an e-book partnership.

The partnership will see the companies two titles every month from May 2013, with each title about 30,000 words long. The range will be called Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin, and will present independent, adventurous women in contemporary settings with fast-paced plots, written by some of Harlequin’s bestselling authors. The e-books will have both the Cosmopolitan and Harlequin logos on their covers. The partnership does not currently include the UK.