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Epic Reads Reveals Cover For ‘Crimson Bound’

Crimson Bound

HarperCollins has revealed the cover for Rosamund Hodge’s Crimson Bound on the Epic Reads website. We’ve embedded the full image above—what do you think?

This companion to Hodge’s previous young adult novel, Cruel Beauty, features a retelling of the classic “Little Red Riding Hood” fairy tale. The Balzer + Bray imprint has scheduled the publication date for May 05, 2015.

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HarperCollins to Establish HarperCollins Germany

harpercollins1HarperCollins plans to expand the existing Harlequin publishing program in Hamburg to establish HarperCollins Germany.

Harlequin’s Hamburg office will continue its regular operations. The inaugural list for HarperCollins Germany will feature approximately 50 titles and launch in Fall 2015; it includes The List by bestselling thriller writer Daniel Silva.

Here’s more from the press release: “Germany has one of the strongest European publishing markets and is home to Harlequin’s most successful European office, which will provide the resources to fully support HarperCollins titles. HarperCollins English language publishing imprints, along with local German editorial, marketing, and sales professionals, will collaborate to select titles for publication from the various HarperCollins divisions around the world.”

HarperCollins Releases the ’1D Official Book’ Companion App

One DirectionHarperCollins hired Re:Systems to design and develop a companion application for the One Direction autobiography, Who We Are. The publisher released the app on September 24th; the book came out on October 7th.

This free app, available for both iOS and Android devices, allows fans of this popular boy band to interact with the book. It has been downloaded more than 60,000 times within the last two weeks.

Here’s more from The Drum: “Using the app, built for iOS and Android mobile devices, 1D fans can activate hidden, never-before-seen content by placing their mobile device over motifs and photographs within the book, as illustrated by the band’s welcome in-app video. This includes exclusive access to photos, videos, interviews, intimate clips from the band’s first audiobook and quiz questions, fed into the app throughout the year via the CMS. Points are collected as users answer quiz questions correctly, allowing hidden content, or ‘fan extras,’ to be unlocked.”

HarperCollins Introduces New E-Commerce Program For Its Writers

harpercollinsHarperCollins has launched a new e-commerce program in the United States. It will be made available in other divisions in the coming months.

Writers who take part will receive an additional 10% net royalty on print, eBook, and physical audio products sold through the publisher’s platform. The authors have a few options to participate. Two methods include adding a special HarperCollins “buy” button or a HarperCollins shopping cart onto their websites.

CEO Brian Murray had this statement in the press release: “While our first priority is to sell books through as many different retail channels as possible, we are pleased to provide this platform for our authors who want to sell directly. Our authors can also be certain that their books will always be available to consumers through HarperCollins, even if they are difficult to find or experiencing shipping delays elsewhere. Since we view this program as both a service to our authors and a partnership with them, those who participate will receive additional earnings.”

HarperCollins to Help Indie Bookstores With Express Shipping During Holidays

harpercollins-304HarperCollins Publishers has revealed plans for a new Holiday Express Shipping program to help support independent bookstores across the country during the holidays.

As part of the program, the publisher will ship all qualifying orders from participating stores that have been placed by 1:00pm (EST) out the next business day. If the titles are in stock, the books will be delivered within two business days. Reorders for HarperCollins and HarperCollins Christian Publishing titles are all eligible for this program.

Here is more from the press release: “New title laydowns will continue to ship by the established on-sale date for each title. November 3, 2014 and running through January 16, 2015.”

 

HarperCollins to Sell English Language eBooks in China

harpercollinsHarperCollins Publishers will begin selling English language eBook titles in China through a partnership with  with JD.com and China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation (CNPIEC). This is the first time that the publisher has sold eBooks to consumers in China through a local retailer.

At launch, about 800 HarperCollins backlist eBooks will be available through JD.com. This includes: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Divergent by Veronica Roth.

“JD.com has been a key partner in selling HarperCollins print books in China for years and we are happy to work with them on our e-book business,” stated Chantal Restivo-Alessi, Chief Digital Officer for HarperCollins Publishers. “By expanding our international e-book distribution we’re opening up a new market for our authors’ works.”

Cover Unveiled For Frank Warren’s New ‘PostSecret’ Book

postsecret

The cover for Frank Warren’s forthcoming book, The World of PostSecret, has been unveiled. What do you think?

William Morrow, an imprint at HarperCollins, will release the book on November 04, 2014. To learn more about the PostSecret project, follow this link to watch Warren’s TED talk.

HarperCollins UK Launches the Killer Reads Digital Imprint

Killer ReadsHarperCollins UK has launched a new digital crime fiction imprint called Killer Reads.

The executives behind this new venture plan to publish one to two titles on a monthly basis. According to The Bookseller, the name came from the publisher’s crime community website which was first started back in 2009.

From August 29th to September 14th, the editors invite aspiring writers to send in unagented submissions. The organizers will only accept complete manuscripts (containing 70,000 words or more) that are written in English. Those who wish to participate can email killerreadssubs@harpercollins.co.uk.

News Corp. Completes Harlequin Acquisition

harpercollins-304News Corp has completed its acquisition of Harlequin Enterprises from Torstar Corporation.

The romance imprint is now a part of HarperCollins Publishers, but will keep its headquarters in Toronto.

“We are pleased to formally welcome Harlequin and its employees to the new News,” stated Robert Thomson, Chief Executive of News Corp. “The addition of such an iconic brand with a loyal audience, robust global expertise and digital depth is a proud and purposeful moment for our company. Onward to the next chapter.”

 

HarperCollins’ New Website Design Focuses on E-Commerce

harpercollinsHarperCollins Publishers has redesigned its website with new capabilities that make it easier for readers to buy books directly from the publisher, in a move to have a more direct relationship with its customers.

The site allows bookworms to purchase print, eBook and audiobook titles directly from the publisher. The update also includes new author tools which will make it easier for writers to embed the HarperCollins shopping cart on their own websites, giving authors an alternative to adding Amazon buttons. “We are excited to be able to offer an e-commerce solution to our authors, ensuring their books are always available to their fans,” stated Chantal Restivo-Alessi, Chief Digital Officer at HarperCollins. “As a publisher, we want to offer as many paths to the consumer as possible.”

The redesign also brings with it enhanced search and navigation, and a new design which includes more promo options such as author videos, sample chapters, audiobook excerpts and a daily deals email newsletter.

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