Harlequin ebooks will no longer work on e-readers

Harlequin is change their approach to digital rights management with ebooks purchased from their main website. They get rid of Adobe Digital Editions and go for Overdrive DRM, that means you won’t be able to load any of those ebooks into your e-reader anymore and you have to download the Overdrive app. Local backups will not be possible and all data in the eBook will be contained in the Overdrive app for Android or iOS.

If you have purchased an eBook from Harlequin, you have until November 12, 2018 to save it using Adobe Digital Editions before it is no longer available. The company has not disclosed why it is abandoning Adobe and opting for Overdrive for making eBooks. This is likely due to the high monthly costs of an Adobe content server, which are normally $ 10,000 for the initial setup and $ 1,500 per year, but the prices increase as you deliver content.

The romantic genre is dominated by independent writers, and Harlequin is under financial pressure to drive costs down with its e-book unit. Harlequin will continue to sell eBooks through the Amazon, B&N, and Kobo ecosystems. This means that you must have a mainstream e-reader with a large bookstore to buy and read ebooks. You will not be able to buy and ebook Harlequin ebooks on alternative e-readers like Pocketbook unless you hack them.