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Bodice rippers? Yes, bodice rippers! Harlequin launches Mills & Boon app for ripped bodices everywhere
February 26, 2014 | 4:45 pm

mills & boon[caption id="attachment_108511" align="alignright" width="111"] Does it come in any color that isn't pink?[/caption] Yes, ripped, frayed, slightly torn, and even somewhat disheveled bodices need no longer languish without their very own dedicated ereading app. For Harlequin UK has launched a dedicated iOS reading app welcoming its ereading audience "to the world of Mills & Boon!" And lest anyone doubt the legitimacy or PC-ishness of the term "bodice ripper," The Guardian, epitome of British right living and high thinking, has endorsed it in its article: "Bodice-ripping Mills & Boon novels? There's an app for that." What better authority could you want? The new app...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Self-published schoolgirl lands three-book publishing deal after becoming online hit
January 21, 2013 | 3:45 pm

Watch out EL James, there's a new writer out to steal your crown as a bestselling romance novelist—and she's only 17-years-old. Like the [Fifty Shades] author, Beth Reeks was snapped up by a publisher after her book was initially a hit online. Now her novel, The Kissing Booth, is set to be published in paperback, which could see the teenager propelled even higher up the bestsellers lists. Like James, Reeks' genre is romance but, befitting for her age and that of her target teen audience, she doesn't realm into the erotic. Her novel is described as a 'cool, sexy young adult romance', and is about the...

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....

“Best Romance” app now on iPhone: the best of romance ebooks with 15 free titles
January 26, 2012 | 11:26 am

IMG 0293 From the press release: Just released, the “Best Romance” app, now available on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, presents the world’s best of the most recent romance novels. The app offers romance fans free previews of all ebooks and 15 complete bestselling free ebooks. “Best Romance” application is now available on Apple App Store for free. Readers will be pleased to find display and search options by series, authors or genres. 10 romance series available such as: Harlequin American Romance, Harlequin Blaze, Harlequin Mira, Harlequin Presents and Harlequin Silhouette Special Releases and the most popular authors such...

Romance and thrillers top Kindle preferences
August 22, 2011 | 2:42 pm

Images 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 of the publishing revolution want to get all of us involved. It stands to reason then, surely, that if they are succeeding in this that we would see a similarly diverse range of books receive the very highest level of success. Right? Wrong. At least, nearly wrong....

Interview with Susan Edwards, COO of Ellora’s Cave, about its new custom ereader
July 27, 2011 | 2:10 pm

Last week, The Digital Reader noted that erotic fiction publisher Ellora's Cave plans to release a custom ereader device at its annual RomantiCon Convention in September. Although it's rare to see a publisher move directly into the device space, it could bring obvious benefits, like lower costs and direct access to shoppers. It's also the sort of thing one might expect to see first from a romance or erotica publisher, since those genres tend to have customers who are comfortable buying and reading ebooks. (Only some of Ellora's Cave's titles are sold in print.) There's not much information about the device...