Ellora’s Cave author Ann Jacobs files request to intervene in Dear Author lawsuit

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

When I last mentioned erotica e-book publisher Ellora’s Cave, in the context of discussing a Guardian story about the popularity of erotica e-books, some commenters remarked on the lack of mention of the ongoing lawsuit between Ellora’s Cave and romance blog Dear Author. I hadn’t brought it [...]

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 [...]

TeleRead Links: International pricing, knuckle dragging, revising copyright, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

When Selling Virtual Products Abroad, Don’t Put Prices On Autopilot (TechCrunch) For our experiment, we selected six different currencies — Australian dollar, Canadian dollar, British pound, Mexican peso, Malaysian ringgit and Saudi riyal. Over six months, we charged various prices for the app [...]

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 [...]

Book review: Engines of Desire: Tales of Love and Other Horrors, by Livia Llewellyn, Lethe Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Livia Llewellyn has quickly established herself as one of the most prominent female voices of the current New Weird/nouvelle strange renaissance of dark and weird fiction. Much of that is on the strength of the stories contained in her first collection: Engines of Desire: Tales of Love and Other [...]

Book Review: Conqueror Womb: Lusty Tales of Shub-Niggurath, Martian Migraine Press

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Lovecraftian fans of the Cthulhu Mythos will need no introduction to Shub-Niggurath – as in “Iä! Shub-Niggurath! The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young!” Yes, that  Shub-Niggurath – a name so evocative as to have almost an entire sub-mythos woven around it, [...]

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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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 libertyc
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, [...]

Ellora's Cave, a digital publishing pioneer, still going strong in erotic romance

By libertyc
June 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

Ellora’s Cave started small. Just one writer who wanted to publish her erotic romance fiction. But no publisher would take her on. So Tina Engler (a k a Jaid Black) created Ellora’s Cave in 2000 to get her books in the hands of readers, in the process becoming one of the first digital [...]

Erotic E-Literature Is The New Black: A conversion with dark fiction author Elizabeth Black

By libertyc
May 31, 2013 // 3 Comments

I recently spoke with erotic and dark fiction author Elizabeth Black about how she sees the impact of erotica on e-books, and vice versa. We also spoke about how she practices her dark art. TeleRead: Porn and erotica are often credited with turbocharging the development of other areas of the [...]

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