Harlequin Audio formed in US

Harlequin Audio formed in US

Harlequin in the US is creating a new audio imprint, working in conjunction with HarperAudio.

The new imprint, Harlequin Audio, will produce audio versions of Harlequin's print titles, with the aim of releasing 200 titles in its first year, with the first titles published on 30th June 2015.

The move follows the acquisition of Harlequin by HarperCollins, a deal which concluded last year.

Working with HarperAudio, Harlequin will work directly with digital audio distributors to supply retail and and library markets, distributing physical CD versions of all titles through relationships in the US with Blackstone Audio and Midewest Tape.

Craig Swinwood, publisher and c.e.o. of Harlequin said: "The audio format has been experiencing tremendous growth recently and Harlequin authors will benefit greatly from this new distribution outlet."

Sean McManus, associate publisher of HarperAudio said: "High production values have been key to HarperAudio's success, and we look forward to extending our expertise to the Harlequin Audio imprint."

Earlier this week, it was announced that Penguin Random House UK would become the global publisher and distributor for all BBC-branded physical and digital audiobooks.