Harlequin launches digital-only publishing house

<p>Harlequin is to launch a digital-only publishing house Carina Press, which will operate independently of its traditional publishing businesses.<br /><br />Carina Press will sell e-books direct to consumers through its own website <a href="http://www.carinapress.com" target="_blank">www.carinapress.com</a> and through third-party websites. It will publish a range of women&#39;s fiction including romance, erotica, science fiction, mystery, family sagas, choose your own adventures, horror and thriller.<br /><br />Carina Press will launch in summer 2010 with new titles released on a weekly basis. Initially it will be open only to US and Canada-based consumers. The publisher is currently accepting submissions in all genres of commercial fiction. Carina Press will also acquire books that have been previously released in print form, but for which the author has either retained digital rights or had digital rights revert to them.<br /><br />Donna Hayes, chief executive and publisher of Harlequin Enterprises, said: &quot;As a digital-only publisher Carina Press is a natural extension to our business; it builds on our digital strength and leadership position. We expect to discover new authors and unique voices that may not be able to find homes in traditional publishing houses.&quot;<br /><br />She added: &quot;It definitely gives us greater flexibility in the type of editorial we can accept from authors and offer to readers. As well, we hope to reach a new group of readers with niche editorial.&quot;<br /><br />Angela James has been appointed as executive editor at Carina. James is an advocate for digital publishing and has previously held senior editorial positions at digital-first publishers. </p>