Rupert Murdoch Buys Leading Publisher of Bodice-Ripper Romance

Rupert Murdoch Buys Leading Publisher of Bodice-Ripper Romance
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It has been reported that Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corp. has bought Harlequin from Torstar Corp. for $415 million. Best known for their romance novels, Harlequin will become part of News Corp.’s book publishing subsidiary, HarperCollins. With more than 350 employees in Canada, HarperCollins has indicated that the headquarters will remain in Toronto.

Harlequin is quite prolific, selling the work of over 1,300 different authors in 34 different languages. The company has sold 6.3 million books worldwide since its founding in 1949. The purchase of Harlequin will no doubt be a boost for HarperCollins, who has been looking for ways to grow following the Penguin Random House Merger.

The Los Angeles Times reported a statement from News Corp.’s chief executive, Robert Thomson. “Harlequin is a perfect fit for the new News Corp., vastly expanding our digital platform, extending our reach across borders and languages, and is expected to provide an immediate lift to earnings.”

Riki Cleveland

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Riki has a long-standing love affair with all things books and writing. She indulged her love for all things literary with a degree in English Literature from Arizona State University and is currently studying at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. Although she is well past her own teen years, Riki’s reading passion lies with Young Adult literature where she devours books that handle the “firsts” in life. When not reading and writing she can be found yelling at the television while watching sports.

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Joshua Chaplinsky's picture
Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading Stories of YOUR Life May 6, 2014 - 7:50am

That is the face of a man who likes a good pirate romance.

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SammyB from Las Vegas is reading currently too many to list May 6, 2014 - 10:16am

Josh, your comment made me laugh. The mental picture I had of him reading said pirate romance, whilst wearing a bar wench outfit, was the cherry on top.

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SConley from Texas is reading Coin Locker Babies May 7, 2014 - 11:07am

Isn't romance the number one selling genre in the world?

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami May 8, 2014 - 2:32am

And now I associate romance with Robert Murdocks face. Thanks a bunch.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading Stories of YOUR Life May 8, 2014 - 6:13am

You didn't before?