Harlequin Books Now Available on Nintendo DS in Japan

March 12, 2010

TORONTO and TOKYO, March 12 /PRNewswire/ — Harlequin Enterprises Limited (www.eHarlequin.com), a global leader in series romance and one of the world’s leading publishers of women’s fiction, announced today that select Harlequin books are now available on the Nintendo DS(TM) in Japan.

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DS Harlequin Selection: Love Stories for Grown-Ups (literal translation of the Japanese title) consists of 33 titles by acclaimed Harlequin authors and New York Times bestselling novelists. Twenty-five of the titles have been previously published, five are new titles that will debut with the launch of DS Harlequin Selection and three titles were formerly available only as online reads.

DS Harlequin Selection: Love Stories for Grown-Ups enhances the reading experience by offering a number of interactive features accessed through easy touch screen operation — a “concierge” that allows you to navigate stories by mood or type of heroine, character correlation charts and lists that are updated along with plot developments, narrative annotations including maps for locations, digital bookmarks, story recaps that bring readers up to where they last left off, a choice of background music, Author introductions and images, polls on hero ranking, review rankings by other users via Wi-Fi connection and more.

“We are thrilled to be the first publisher outside of Japan to have its stories available on the Nintendo DS,” said Donna Hayes, Publisher and CEO of Harlequin Enterprises Limited. “DS Harlequin Selection introduces Harlequin to a new generation of readers who demand accessibility, portability and supplemental features that enhance their reading experience.”

DS Harlequin Selection: Love Stories for Grown-Ups is available in Japan wherever Nintendo products are sold.

Harlequin is currently a leader in selling digital versions of its text-based books in the U.S. and Japan. The company — which releases more than 110 titles per month — was the first major publisher to make its complete frontlist catalog available in the eBook format. Harlequin has pursued a goal of meeting the needs of its current audience and reaching a new and diverse base of readers. It is Harlequin’s ambition to offer stories to readers in all formats, for consumption at all times.

About Harlequin Enterprises

Harlequin Enterprises Limited is the global leader in series romance and one of the world’s leading publishers of books for women, with titles issued worldwide in 28 languages and sold in 114 international markets. The company produces over 110 titles monthly and publishes more than 1,100 authors from around the world. Harlequin Enterprises Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Torstar Corporation, a broadly based media company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TS.B). Harlequin’s Web site is located at www.eHarlequin.com. Harlequin has offices in 19 countries, including offices in Toronto, New York and London. For more information please visit www.eHarlequin.com or press.eHarlequin.com.

Nintendo DS is a trademark of Nintendo.

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