I've been a Harlequin reader for a LOT longer than I've been a Harlequin author, so my heart rate sped up. Was this an opportunity to glom backlists of all my favourite authors? To catch up on missed titles, to re-read favourites, to revisit the books and times and places which shaped my love of romance?
Slightly wary of the geo-restrictions which prevent me from acquiring these titles from Amazon, I re-read the announcement. The first sentence of this quote from the press release [emphasis mine] sure makes it seem as though all readers around the world can access the Harlequin titles:
“Our readers around the world have come to know Scribd as the leading destination for romance books, and we’re delighted to bring them even more of the content they crave,” said Trip Adler, CEO and cofounder of Scribd. “The subscription model is unlocking powerful changes in reading habits and this is most prominent within the romance genre. With this many Harlequin titles, available only on Scribd, we know our romance fans will read their hearts out.”Good enough for me, Trip. I signed up. Searched for a few of my favourites.
On a happier note, the first month is a trial and I can unsubscribe (although I will check which publishers' titles I can access.) And the search for which authors/titles were available in the Harlequin backlist gave me a happy smile and got me thinking about which of those old favourites still excited me, which titles I now want to find and re-read, which authors I wish were still writing as I'd grab anything new on release day.
So, Love-Cats aside, which Harlequin author's backlist would YOU love to grab and re-read? Also, does the idea of a reading subscription service appeal to you (small print aside)?
NOTE: If you are in a country without the Harlequin geo-restrictions which apply in Australia and New Zealand, the Scribd subscription might be your cup of tea. Cost is $8.99 per month, with a one-month free trial, and access to loads of books from other publishers as well.