Thursday Midday Links: Loveswept Is Coming Back
Romance at Random, a community site devoted to romance books and romance readers, has launched. With the launch comes some pretty exciting news. Romance at Random is run by former Borders buyer, Sue Grimshaw.
We are pleased to announce the 2011 Loveswept publishing program – a digital-exclusive imprint, comprised of original, newly written e-books, as well as beloved Ballantine Bantam Dell romances and classic Loveswept titles. The program launches with eight titles in August, and continues with one new e-only release monthly in the fall.
Among the initial August Loveswept offerings are Remember The Time by Annette Reynolds, Dream Lover by Adrienne Staff, The Vow by Julianna Garnett, This Fierce Splendor by Iris Johansen, The Baron by Sally Goldenbaum, Lightning That Lingers by Sharon and Tom Curtis, Tall, Dark and Lonesome by Debra Dixon, and Legends by Deb Smith.
Stay tuned for more from Loveswept!
Dude, Lightning That Lingers by Sharon and Tom Curtis. Old time Iris Johansen book. Loveswept was an incredible line. I can’t wait. For international readers, the press release had this to say:
The new Loveswept imprint incarnation will now be a Random House transatlantic publishing collaboration between the U.S. and their sister company, Random House Group U.K.’s Transworld Publishers division. The e-books will be released simultaneously in North America, the U.K., and the British Commonwealth.
No word on the pricing. Sarah Wendell points out that Random House is an agency publisher and that means the prices of the backlist books might be 44.99 (she jokes, a little).
JK Rowling is indeed self publishing her Harry Potter books in the digital format. She is working with Overdrive to distribute the product to be sold through her Pottermore store. The site is sponsored by Sony, royalties will be shared with her print pubs and there will be new content as well:
Rowling talked about going into the digital format for the first time, and said: “It is my view that you can’t hold back progress. I love printed paper . . . This year for the first time I have downloaded e-books and it’s miraculous . . . I feel good about bringing it into this world.” She added that she did come up with the name “Pottermore”. She also said that at the time of writing the Potter series, she always knew she had more content than it would be possible to include in the books, in particular the back stories’ of characters such as Professor McGonagall, and so this was a way for her to share that content. Some of the content will also be entirely new, with Rowling saying it was “scary” how easy it was for her to return to that world.
No word on the pricing. I’m curious about the delivery of the Kindle format.
Overdrive can do DRM and so I’m thinking that they are licensing Amazon’s DRM scheme? According to a post over at Mike Cane’s blog, these books are going to be DRM FREE!
There are two device rumors of note. The first is that Amazon’s Tablet might be launching in August according to parts makers. Amazon, like Apple, is doing a pretty good job of keeping the details of its new devices under wraps.
The other rumor is that there is a new iPhone 5 headed for market in September. I’m not sure I buy that one, but I am intrigued about the iPhone lite – a smaller, cheaper iPhone.
Speaking of Amazon and Apple, Apple sued Amazon to prevent them from using the term “App Store”. The federal judge hearing the case isn’t very impressed with Apple’s arguments.
“I’m troubled by the showing that you’ve made so far,” U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton told Apple. “[And] that’s where you’re likely not to prevail at this early juncture.”
BN is being saved by ebooks and ebook technology. Literally. In store sales were down 3% and the brick and mortar retail operations have resulted in greater than $58 million loss. The bright side, and BN’s only avenue for growth according to one analyst, is their digital book focus. Nook’s market share is around 26-27 percent and their BN.com sales are up 60%. Link Resource: Paid Content.
Overall, Lynch said, Nook-related business grew to over $250 million in the fiscal year ending April 30—close to 300 percent growth over the same period last year.
BN sells three times as many digital books as all formats of physical books from BN.com and that PubIt! “is the fastest growing part of our digital catalog in units and volume sales.”