Can someone out-compete Amazon in these six areas?

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

The ever-thought-provoking Joe Konrath has posted an essay with six areas Amazon seems unwilling or unable to pursue, that might provide fertile ground for some competitor to come in and disrupt the company. The areas Konrath thinks are promising include ad-supported e-books, libraries, [...]

Erotica flourishes in e-books via Ellora’s Cave

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2015 // 4 Comments

The strong use of e-readers by erotica readers is not exactly new, but The Guardian has a story discussing the success of erotica publisher Ellora’s Cave and the huge numbers of erotica readers reading digitally. Ellora’s Cave was founded after no traditional publisher wanted to publish founder [...]

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 [...]

Fifty Shades of Monotony in erotic fiction cover design

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 6, 2014 // 2 Comments

My thanks for romantic/erotic fiction author and sexual activist Cecilia Tan for picking up this trend, and putting together such a great gallery of it. Twice. Not, unfortunately, that it’s that hard to spot. Yes, it’s the Fifty Shades of Monochrome being inflicted on our bookshelves, [...]

Poe’s prescription for writing success: Bare if you dare

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 9, 2014 // 1 Comment

Poe tried: Now it’s your turn There’s a well-known, much-quoted, and apparently simple prescription for writing success that any budding writer can take up. It comes from Edgar Allan Poe, it appeared in 1848 in Graham’s American Monthly Magazine of Literature and Art (which Poe [...]

Amazon crackdown on monster erotica is a monster problem for its authors

By Chris Meadows
December 23, 2013 // 6 Comments

Business Insider is running a piece on Amazon’s latest crackdown: monster erotica. Yes, that’s right, if you write stories involving sex with Bigfoot, aliens, giant squids, etc., Amazon doesn’t want you around—even if your titles have been selling well. In the most recent purge, one author [...]

WHSmith site back online, echoes still ringing

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 18, 2013 // 2 Comments

WHSmith, the UK stationery and book chain at the eye of the ebook porn storm-in-a-teacup, has reopened its customer website for business, as the British media continue to stick in their spoons and stir up the mess. However, WHSmith is still not offering direct sales of ebooks, referring customers [...]

UK charity warns parents to check their children's e-books

By Susan Lulgjuraj
August 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

Parents, make sure you know what your kids are reading. That’s what one charity is saying after a mother reportedly found her 13-year-old daughter and a friend reading “It’s All About the Sex Face: A Guide to Becoming a Celebrity,” according to The Telegraph. The book is how-to guide on [...]

A conversation with German erotic fiction writer Victoria Veel (Interview)

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Victoria Veel (her pen name) was born in 1986 in Cologne, Germany, and has also lived in New York City, Bogotá, and currently in Barcelona, where she finished her Master’s degree in social sciences and business management. Veel (pictured below) has been writing novels since she was a child, [...]

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