Harlequin, one of the biggest publishers of women's fiction, is set to become a division of HarperCollins Publishers, a\u00a0News Corp subsidiary. Currently, Harlequin publishes over 110 new titles each month, with these issued world wide in 34 languages (99% of HarperCollins titles are published in English).\r\nThe News Corp website stated: "The acquisition will extend HarperCollins\u2019 global platform, particularly in Europe and Asia Pacific, helping to fuel its international growth strategy...\u00a0It will also accelerate the digital evolution of both companies." No doubt this is a move to help compete with the less recent merger between Penguin and Random House, as well as the digital domination of e-commerce giant Amazon.\r\n\r\nRobert Thomson, Chief Executive of News Corp has said:\r\n\r\n\r\nHarlequin 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. Harlequin has a devoted audience around the globe and an empathetic insight into contemporary cultures, which is itself a remarkable resource. This acquisition will broaden the boundaries of both HarperCollins and Harlequin, and is a significant step in our strategy to establish a network of digital properties in the growth regions of the world."\r\n\r\nBrian Murray, President and CEO of HarperCollins stated:\r\n\r\n\r\nHarlequin has built one of the largest and most widely recognized consumer brands in publishing with a highly focused publishing program for women. We are thrilled to welcome Harlequin\u2019s management and staff in Toronto and around the world to the HarperCollins family.\u00a0 The Harlequin name and rich heritage will be preserved independently, with the aim to leverage capabilities to bring the book-reading public more choices. Harlequin\u2019s business has grown internationally, and will give HarperCollins an immediate foothold in 11 new countries from which we can expand into dozens of foreign languages for authors who choose to work with us globally."\r\n\r\nFrom Harlequin's end,\u00a0Craig Swinwood, Publisher and CEO said:\r\n\r\n\r\nWe are excited to be joining HarperCollins Publishers. This transaction will allow Harlequin to continue to operate as a distinct and successful brand within a larger publishing company. We\u2019re excited to be able to take full advantage of HarperCollins\u2019 robust resources, scale and capabilities to expand the reach of our books and grow our business.\u201d\r\n\r\n***\r\nFor full coverage of the acquisition, visit the News Corp website, here.