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SF writer Paul Cook warns of science fiction’s infection by girl cooties
September 4, 2013 | 8:49 pm

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 and total idiot. But Amazing Stories comes through!” The article in question is by Paul Cook, and it goes by the provocative title “When Science Fiction is Not Science Fiction.” Cook, it seems, is upset that writers such as Lois McMaster Bujold and...

Genre fiction is extremely popular in e-books, publishers find
June 26, 2013 | 6:56 pm

red planet jupiterSpeaking 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 fiction—science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance. Traditionally, these markets’ sales have always lagged behind “mainstream” literary fiction. However, Random House VP and digital publishing director Allison Dobson says that the digital marketplace has different priorities. Genre fans were the biggest e-book “early adopters” and even now some genre titles...

Self-publishing saves a home
June 18, 2013 | 3:54 am

jasindawilderYou 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 cuts at work meant they lost most of their income. Uncertain what else to do, the Wilders started writing, turning out “a series of sometimes steamy romance novels” which they self-published. The books picked up Internet buzz and before they knew it they were earning...

Our Valentines’s Day erotica e-reading survey results are in
February 21, 2013 | 11:46 am

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 respondents (there were 31 in total) fessed up to buying blue lit in its electronic version as a way to hide their reading habits from others. This question's solitary "other" respondent said, "No, but I have downloaded free samples or free books." * * * Again, more "no" responses than "yes" for question number...

For Valentine’s Day, an erotica e-reading survey
February 14, 2013 | 4:54 pm

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 reading in public. No more blushing! After all, would you want your seatmate on the subway to know you were reading Fifty Shades of Grey? I didn’t think so. Erotica and digital reading have had other unique pairings lately. Who would have thought, for instance, that e-books (especially erotica books) could have...

National Coalition Against Censorship, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression scold PayPal for erotica decision
March 6, 2012 | 12:56 am

Paul forwarded to me an email from Michael O’Neil from the National Coalition Against Censorship, with a press release noting that the NCAC and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) are mobilizing to put pressure on PayPal to reverse its requirement that online bookshops stop carrying certain kinds of erotica. Scribd carries a copy of the open letter the organizations sent to PayPal. The press release says: The ABFFE and NCAC letter notes that PayPal’s policy has the potential to suppress important literary works.  “Incest, rape and bestiality have been depicted in world...

PayPal cracks down on erotica e-book sales
February 25, 2012 | 1:55 pm

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 publish through the platform. Coker reported that PayPal had issued Smashwords an ultimatum regarding certain categories of erotica published through the site. If books in these categories were not removed, PayPal would stop doing business with the site. Because Smashwords relies so heavily on PayPal as a payment processor, the site is...

Mike Shatzkin discusses DRM revelations from Digital Book World
January 30, 2012 | 12:58 pm

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 (which I covered here and here), Shatzkin also brings up a point about the relationship of DRM to sales at romance e-bookseller All Romance Ebooks. Shatzkin notes three interesting statistics that came up in All Romance’s presentation at DBW: Only 20% of All Romance’s readers strongly resist e-books with DRM....

Men’s erotica finds a home on the Kindle
September 30, 2010 | 7:15 am

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 before most people even cared about e-books, the article looks at what might be a new breed: racy e-books aimed at men. Though I won’t paste in the description, out of deference to people who may be reading this at work, a novel called Office Slave is tailor-made to appeal to the fantasies of a primarily masculine...

To Be Read: Romance book app now available
May 5, 2010 | 9:42 am

Screen shot 2010-05-05 at 9.36.41 AM.pngDear 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 Bitches Trashy Books and Dear Author. The app features the most recent reviews from both sites, as well as a feed of the full content. Best of all, it includes free reads from some of the best writers in romance fiction. We’ll be kicking off our free reads section...

AudioLark romance audiobooks open for business – great pricing!
April 26, 2010 | 7:00 am

Screen shot 2010-04-25 at 11.29.03 AM.pngLast 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. Jennifer says that their production schedule is booked for the next 6 months and that they have agreements in place with The Wild Rose Press and Changeling Press, as well as contracts directly with authors. They also seem to have a pretty generous affiliate program, which pays 30%...

14% off eHarlequin titles plus a free book
February 13, 2010 | 2:46 pm

Screen shot 2010-02-13 at 2.40.50 PM.pngeHarlequin 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 titles. Wow! (via Smart Bitches)...

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