Harlequin Announces New Licensee in Thailand


    
    Publisher continues expansion in Asian Market



    
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<p><location>TORONTO</location>, <chron>Nov. 13</chron> /CNW/ -- Harlequin Enterprises Limited (<a href="http://www.eHarlequin.com">www.eHarlequin.com</a>), a global leader in series romance and one of the world's leading publishers of women's fiction, announced today a new third party licensing deal in <location>Thailand</location> with Sommjai Books Co., Ltd., a division of Crystal Publishing, one of Thailand's foremost romance publishers.</p>
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<p>"We are delighted to be working with Sommjai Books in <location>Thailand</location>," said <person>Donna Hayes</person>, Publisher and CEO, Harlequin Enterprises Limited. "Thai readers are enthusiastic Harlequin readers and we're very excited to meet the country's growing appetite for women's fiction."</p>
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<p>Sommjai Books will begin publishing in Harlequin titles 2010. They will release more than 144 titles in their first year under the Harlequin logo and trademark. Sommjai Books have worldwide rights to publish Harlequin titles in the Thai language.</p>
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<p>Harlequin recognizes a rapidly growing market in Asia.  In 2008, the publisher opened an office in <location>Mumbai</location>, <location>India</location> to print and distribute books locally.  In the last 18 months Harlequin has also signed new licensing deals in <location>Malaysia</location>, Vietnam and the <location>Philippines</location>. Harlequin currently has licensees in 15 countries.</p>
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    About Harlequin Enterprises

    
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<p>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 href="http://www.torstar.com">http://www.torstar.com</a>), a broadly based media company listed on the <location>Toronto</location> Stock Exchange (TS.B). Harlequin's Website is located at <a href="http://www.eHarlequin.com">www.eHarlequin.com</a>. Harlequin has offices in 17 countries, including offices in <location>Toronto</location>, New York and <location>London</location>. For more information please visit <a href="http://www.eHarlequin.com">www.eHarlequin.com</a> or press.eHarlequin.com.</p>
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    About Sommjai Books

    
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<p>Sommjai Books Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary of Crystal Publishing and is dedicated to publishing Harlequin imprints in <location>Thailand</location>.  Crystal Publishing (<a href="http://www.crystal-publishing.com">www.crystal-publishing.com</a>) is a Thai romance publisher with rights to over 250 titles from numerous North American publishers, agencies and authors.</p>
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For further information: For further information: Don Lucey, Senior Writer, Public Relations, +1-416-445-5860, don_lucey@harlequin.ca Web Site: http://www.eharlequin.com/

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