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, [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Thanks to mommy porn, e-book lending is on the rise

By Dan Eldridge
February 23, 2013 // 6 Comments

It’s certainly not news that the rising tide of books in the so-called “mommy porn” genre are driving sales of e-books like nothing else that has come before them. But a recent article in Ireland’s Belfast Telegraph explains that erotic fiction is resulting in many more [...]

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 [...]

Romance and thrillers top Kindle preferences

By Paul Biba
August 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

So says Martin Perry in an article in Huff Post: If there’s something that the advertising for the Kindle, and indeed any eReader device, promotes, it’s that reading digital books is for everyone. Whatever your creed, age, or apparent want to read in public with friends, the architects [...]

Q&A with Maya Banks: “In a perfect world, I wouldn’t self publish”

By Chris Walters
July 16, 2011 // 2 Comments

I don’t see Maya Banks‘ name pop up in indie publishing articles as frequently as Konrath, Hocking, Eisler and Locke, but perhaps she should start being included; the erotic romance novelist has been publishing for less than four years and earned 600k last year, and says she’s on [...]

Random House revives Loveswept as an ebook-only imprint

By Paul Biba
June 23, 2011 // 0 Comments

From Publishers Weekly: Bantam’s Loveswept imprint was one of the most popular romance imprints in the 1980s and 1990s and now Random House is reviving Loveswept as an e-book only line that will release its first titles in August. The new imprint will be a collaboration between Random U.S. and [...]

Amazon launches romance imprint – Montlake Romance

By Paul Biba
May 5, 2011 // 2 Comments

From Shelf Awareness: Amazon Publishing will launch its newest imprint,Montlake Romance, with Connie Brockway’s The Other Guy’s Bride, scheduled for release this fall. The imprint, which takes its name from the central Seattle neighborhood of Montlake, will publish romantic suspense [...]

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