Harlequin has just released a new app for Android and iOS called Book Breaks. Hundreds of stories are already available in the app, plus new chapters are posted every weekday. The best thing about this new initiative is that all of the content is free.
Book Breaks provides romance readers with a handy menu for customizing their reading experience. Waiting in line for a coffee? The BookBreak app suggests a number of brief but rewarding stories to fill just that amount of time. Looking for just the right tale to brighten up a dull day? The menu recommends a selection of lively reads— from “Edge of Your Seat” suspenses to “Trip Down the Aisle” romances— to pick you up.
BookBreaks is an ingeniously useful new access point for the main websites tremendously popular Online Reads content—serialized romance stories with new chapters available daily or weekly. More than 300 online reads—with more added monthly—are accessed every day by almost quarter of a million readers. Book Breaks presents users with the ability to search across this vast collection of romances stories for the perfect tale by mood, free time or favorite author.
Once a story has been selected, readers are provided with additional details, including a plot description, the number of chapters released, the next chapter release date, a link to the chapter list and related reads. Users also have the ability to set notifications (ensuring they stay up-to-date on content they want to follow), read multiple stories at once, add favorites to their list, get recommendations based on favorite reads/authors and share stories with friends.
Michael Kozlowski has written about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. Newspapers and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times have picked up his articles. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.