New York, New York - April 11, 2018: On May 2nd, just in time for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Serial Box and Rakuten Kobo will release Royally Yours, a fiction serial inspired by the world’s most anticipated wedding. Serial Box created and produced the series with the talented writer room team Megan Frampton (Lady Be Bad), Kwana Jackson (Insert Groom Here), Liz Maverick (Wired), Kate McMurray (What’s the Use of Wondering), and Falguni Kothari (My Last Love Story).
Royally Yours is about more than just the royal wedding. It is a celebration of romance - a story about the palace maid with a heart of gold, the milliner who dreams of seeing her designs on people in the pews, the American bodyguard who learns some British charm, the paparazzo after that one great shot, and the ordinary girl who dreams of being a princess.
Perfect for fans of the blockbuster movie, Love, Actually, these intertwining episodes tell five fun and flirty love stories that culminate in a finale on the big day, showing us that it’s not just the royals who will find their happily ever after.
Royally Yours will be available on the Serial Box and Kobo platforms in both ebook and audiobook formats on Wednesdays and Fridays from May 2nd through May 18th and will cost $1.99 per episode or $8.99 for all 6 episodes. The first episode will be free.
Kobo launched its “Kobo Originals” program in January, to offer readers exclusive original eBook and audiobook content. The program kicked off with the audiobook version of Zoe Whittall’s The Best Kind of People, narrated by Sonja Field, available exclusively for Canadians; followed by the audio version of the CBC Canada Reads nominee The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline. Along with the US market, the program is expanding to France and the Netherlands. Royally Yours will also be available through Kobo Plus, Kobo’s all-you-can-read subscription program in the Netherlands. As the second Kobo Original series in the catalogue, it comes on the heels of the runaway success of Linda Jansma’s In naam van de vader, a Kobo Original series that debuted in October.
“We listen carefully to our readers to find out how we can make their reading lives better, and exclusive content continues to be of great interest,” said Pieter Swinkels, Executive Vice President, Publisher Relationships & Content, Rakuten Kobo. “Serialized content performs exceptionally well for Kobo, and we are thrilled to be working with Serial Box on this series. All eyes will be on the royal wedding, and Royally Yours is sure to resonate with our readers.”
"We are impressed by Kobo’s international reach, innovative partnerships, and their focus on delivering a great experience for readers and now listeners,” said Serial Box CEO Molly Barton. “We are thrilled to partner with them on Royally Yours and excited to be part of their Originals Program, with its ambitious creative content.”
In addition to Kobo, Serial Box has recently collaborated with The Associated Press, Adaptive Studios, and Hachette Book Group, among others. Serial Box has been featured by NPR, Wired, BuzzFeed and i09, and referred to as a publisher with “stories that look more like television shows than novels” by The Verge.
About Serial Box:
Serials are released through the Serial Box app(s), website, and third party retailers in weekly installments in both e-book and audio formats. During a three-month season, each week’s episode is a 30-minute read or an hour listen.
Serial Box brings the power of appointment-based consumption to reading for the first time since Charles Dickens & Little Nell. Founded by Molly Barton and Julian Yap, Barton comes to Serial Box from Penguin Random House, where she was Global Digital Director and Yap previously served as senior counsel in the Department of Justice for the Obama administration.
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About Rakuten Kobo:
Owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten and headquartered in Toronto, Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s most innovative eReading services offering more than 5 million eBooks and audiobooks to millions of customers in 190 countries. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo provides people with a choice when reading. Kobo offers an eReader for everyone with a wide variety of E Ink eReaders to suit any Reader’s style including Kobo Aura, Kobo Aura H2O, and Kobo Aura ONE; along with the company’s free top-ranking eReading apps for Apple® and Android®. Kobo’s award-winning eReaders can be found in major retail chains around the world. For more information, visit www.kobo.com.
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