Are the new Kindle Unlimited rates good or bad? It depends on who you ask

By Chris Meadows
July 2, 2015 // 4 Comments

Now that it’s July, the new chapter of Kindle Unlimited has begun. No longer paying per book (of which at least 10% was read), it’s now paying per page. According to one estimate, a bit over half a cent per page, though it remains to be seen how close to accurate this guess is. Is this good? If [...]

SF writer Paul Cook warns of science fiction’s infection by girl cooties

By Chris Meadows
September 4, 2013 // 6 Comments

Okay, I know I’m feeding the troll here, and I feel bad about that, but I do feel it’s worth calling attention to this level of complete stupidity when I see it. Patrick Nielsen Hayden had this to say about the subject of my rant: “It’s rare that one gets to see somebody being a complete [...]

Genre fiction is extremely popular in e-books, publishers find

By Chris Meadows
June 26, 2013 // 8 Comments

Speaking of Baen, Wired misses a perfectly good opportunity to speak of Baen in an article about why big publishers seem to think genre fiction is the future of e-books. The article looks at how all the recent digital-only imprints the Big Six have been launching lately all seem to focus on genre [...]

Self-publishing saves a home

By Chris Meadows
June 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

You won’t see this kind of success story out of just any self-publishing writer, but it’s great when you come across it. CBS News reports on a couple going by the pseudonym “Jack and Jasinda Wilder” who have five children, and who hit a financial crisis when one of the kids’ illnesses and [...]

Our Valentines's Day erotica e-reading survey results are in

By Dan Eldridge
February 21, 2013 // 1 Comment

Back on Valentine’s Day (one week ago today), contributing writer Juli Monroe put together a just-for-fun survey that we hoped would tell us at least a little bit about the erotica e-reading habits of our audience. And the results are in! * * * Just under 40 percent of the survey’s [...]

For Valentine's Day, an erotica e-reading survey

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
February 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

It’s Valentine’s Day, and what better day to talk about e-books and romance? Or to be more specific, e-books and erotica. E-books have been very good for the erotica genre. Even the Wall Street Journal thinks so. Why? Because women can now read books they’d otherwise be ashamed to be seen [...]

PayPal cracks down on erotica e-book sales

By Chris Meadows
February 25, 2012 // 19 Comments

Remember when Amazon started removing various kinds of erotica from its store? It’s happening again, this time with a number of independent e-publishing sites such as All Romance and Smashwords. Today, Nate Hoffelder called attention to an e-mail from Mark Coker of Smashwords to authors who [...]

Mike Shatzkin discusses DRM revelations from Digital Book World

By Chris Meadows
January 30, 2012 // 6 Comments

An interesting thing about the latest post from publishing-industry observer Mike Shatzkin, highlighting what he feels were the most important points from the Digital Book World conference he helped run: it largely focuses on DRM. Aside from Matteo Berlucchi’s call for publishers to drop DRM [...]

Men’s erotica finds a home on the Kindle

By Chris Meadows
September 30, 2010 // 3 Comments

It was only a matter of time until mainstream journalists noticed. Slate has a probably-not-completely-safe-for-work piece that looks at the rise in popularity of erotica and pornography delivered by e-book reader. Although women-oriented romance novels have been e-book bestsellers since well [...]

To Be Read: Romance book app now available

By Paul Biba
May 5, 2010 // 1 Comment

Dear Author is reporting that this app for the romance reader is now available. It’s for the reader looking for the latest reviews, content and free romance reads. Here’s what the site says: The app is a first for romance readers and romance bloggers, and is a joint venture of Smart [...]

AudioLark romance audiobooks open for business – great pricing!

By Paul Biba
April 26, 2010 // 2 Comments

Last November we reported on a new audiobook romance publisher – AudioLark which was was about to get started. Now i’ve got an email from Jennifer Feddersen telling me that they are up and running with 10 titles for sale and they are adding 2 to 3 new romance audiobooks per week. [...]

14% off eHarlequin titles plus a free book

By Paul Biba
February 13, 2010 // 0 Comments

eHarlequin is having a 14% off sale today and ending at 11:59pm tomorrow. In addition if you buy any two titles you’ll get Susan Stephens’ Sheikh Boss, Hot Desert Nights for free. According to the site, in 60 years of publishing they have sold 5.8 billion books with 34,000 different [...]

Rogue Digital Conference at the RWA next week

By Paul Biba
July 9, 2009 // 1 Comment

The Romance Writers of America are holding their annual conference in Washington, D.C. next week on June 15 to 17. Along with that Booksquare (which has one of the best logos on the net) has set up their own Rogue Digital Conference on July 16. Here are the details. It looks pretty interesting: [...]

Romance novel conference in Princeton

By Paul Biba
March 27, 2009 // 5 Comments

I’ve never understood the disdain with which the romance novel is treated. It seems to me that this is nothing but pure sexism.  After all, the James Bond series of books is well regarded and even spawns movies and  the Bond gendre is simply the male version of romance books.  [...]

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