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Are the new Kindle Unlimited rates good or bad? It depends on who you ask
July 2, 2015 | 12:28 pm

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 you listen to Hugh Howey, it is. Howey holds that the overall effect of the change is really not as bad as people think. It might have been that KU under the old system was weighted in favor of short story...

Book review: Engines of Desire: Tales of Love and Other Horrors, by Livia Llewellyn, Lethe Press
April 20, 2015 | 6:25 pm

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 Horrors, from Lethe Press. "I also write about gender and sexual fluidity and inter-species relationships, mostly in stories and novels that haven’t been queried or published yet," she writes, so presumably there's quite a few more coming [no pun unintended] where these came from. I can't wait. The stories in this collection run...

Book Review: Conqueror Womb: Lusty Tales of Shub-Niggurath, Martian Migraine Press
March 30, 2014 | 10:25 am

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, although H. P. Lovecraft only cited it in a few vague ceremonial chants, and did little to flesh it out beyond some allusions in other tales he ghost-wrote that tied it to the Magna Mater and Astarte. Given that Lovecraft's squamous, rugose imaginings are often attributed - fairly or unfairly - to sexual repression, it's...

Fifty Shades of Monotony in erotic fiction cover design
February 6, 2014 | 10:25 am

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, real or virtual, as what used to be red-hot and steamy grays out. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Source: Cecilia Tan[/caption] "I am not in any way complaining that these books look so similar," Tan says, tactfully. "I think it’s rather brilliant, actually, that without any actual discussion taking place from one publisher’s art department to another, a...

Poe’s prescription for writing success: Bare if you dare
January 9, 2014 | 6:19 pm

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="259"] Poe tried: Now it's your turn[/caption] 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 himself edited briefly in 1841-42), it is classified among his marginalia, and it goes like this: "If any ambitious man have a fancy a revolutionize, at one effort, the universal world of human thought, human opinion, and human sentiment, the opportunity is his own – the road to immortal renown lies straight, open,...

Amazon crackdown on monster erotica is a monster problem for its authors
December 23, 2013 | 4:54 am

bear-gods_1000x15002-200x300Business 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 saw her income fall from $2,000 to $400 a month. Authors can try cleaning up the titles, covers, and descriptions of their books, but the problem is anything that makes them less “offensive” also makes them less likely to appeal to the people who like that sort of thing. There is, of...

WHSmith site back online, echoes still ringing
October 18, 2013 | 5:10 pm

WHSmithWHSmith, 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 instead to its ebook partner Kobo, which in a concurrent article in the UK Daily Telegraph entitled - with due moderation and restraint - "Kobo porn scandal: the end of self-publishing?", "promised to clean up its act. " "Search and browse to find an eBook at WHSmith.co.uk and we will pass you...

UK charity warns parents to check their children’s e-books
August 26, 2013 | 10:09 am

Two kids using an iPadParents, 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 becoming a celebrity, which is about making a sex tape. The children were reading the book on a Kindle; the e-book costs $1.51 on Amazon. The NSPCC is a UK-based child-focused charity. It aims to protect children and help those that are neglected or abused. It issued the warning after Melissa Crighton reported...

A conversation with German erotic fiction writer Victoria Veel (Interview)
August 7, 2013 | 9:30 am

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, and now focuses mainly on the romance and erotica niche. Her book, "Die Verführung einer Fremden" ("Seduction of a Stranger"), was published in July 2013 and is already number one in the Erotic Fiction category in the German Kindle Store, and is now number two after the German edition of "Fifty Shades...

Ellora’s Cave, a digital publishing pioneer, still going strong in erotic romance
June 10, 2013 | 9:30 pm

Ellora's CaveEllora’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 publishing companies in the marketplace. Customers would send money through PayPal to Engler, and then she would email PDFs and Word documents of her books to her customers. One of the most primitive forms of e-books, but that’s how it all started. [caption id="attachment_86585" align="alignright" width="185"] Ellora's Cave founder Tina Engler[/caption] More than...

Erotic E-Literature Is The New Black: A conversion with dark fiction author Elizabeth Black
May 31, 2013 | 12:01 pm

Elizabeth BlackI 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 Internet. Do you see any signs of that in writing erotic e-literature? What do you think of that principle? Elizabeth Black: In my opinion, e-literature has boosted the sale of all genres, including erotic and sweet romance. Romances have long outsold other genres. These books have promoted the sale of sex toys, many...

Thanks to mommy porn, e-book lending is on the rise
February 23, 2013 | 10:43 am

Bedded By The Greek BillionaireIt'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 e-book library loans, too. In one Irish community, according to the article, e-book library loans rose "from 16,231 in 2011 to 19,847 in 2012." And what was the area's most popular library e-book in 2012? A steamy Harlequin romance by India Grey, titled At The Argentinean Billionaire's Bidding. Another Harelquin, Kate Walker's Bedded by the Greek Billionaire, was the second most-borrowed...

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...

Here come the erotica e-books
October 15, 2012 | 3:09 pm

Tops and Bottoms Discipline Elizabeth ColdwellReporting from this year's Frankfurt Book Fair, AFP's Frederic Happe filed an amusing feature over the weekend about the somewhat recent—and astonishingly quick—rise of e-books with fictional erotic themes. It doesn't exactly take a publishing futurist, of course, to understand why erotic e-books have attained such popularity, and as far as I can tell, there are really only two main factors in play here: 1. The breakaway success of EL James' Fifty Shades trilogy has resulted in untold numbers of copycat attempts. To get a sense of just have prevalent erotica has lately become in the publishing industry, check out this AP...

Over half of surveyed e-reader owners use devices to conceal ‘shameful’ reading habits
May 29, 2012 | 12:46 am

The UK’s Daily Mail surveyed 1,863 UK readers on their e-book reading habits and determined that 34% of the readers surveyed admitted to using e-readers to conceal that they were reading erotic literature, 57% to hide reading children’s books such as Harry Potter, and 26% to hide their science fiction habit. (Science fiction is the Rodney Dangerfield of literary genres—it gets no respect, sometimes even from its own fans.) All in all, counting overlap in categories, 58% of the readers admitted using the device to “hide” reading something they wouldn’t want others to see them with. So much...

How Smashwords smashed PayPal’s erotica publishing restrictions
April 20, 2012 | 11:31 pm

Fast Company has an interview with Mark Coker of Smashwords in which he discusses the recent moves by PayPal to force removal from sale of certain categories of erotica, and how public pressure from writers, readers, the press, and others was able to make the company (and the credit card companies behind it) back down. He also expresses his opinions on the agency pricing anti-trust lawsuits. Perhaps the most interesting thing to me is the remarkable bit of luck Coker had when he was first trying to contact PayPal to find out how to fight the requirements: ...

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