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Miss Snark has a Nitwittery followup

Ms. Snark posted a followup to her Anne Start criticism. Was Anne Stuart’s comment brilliant viral marketing or a step closer to non publication? Some commenters think that we, err I, am a kettle and a nasty one at that.

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Hot Library Smut

David Rothman, the purveyor of book porn, put up this link today. Can any true bibliophile not get off looking at these pictures? As an aside, those library ladders are expensive. We were going to install one and it cost… more

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Random House Contentlinkinc.com Update

AvidReader, Keishon, emailed me last night to give me the heads up of Random House’s ebookstore closing. I emailed Kelley Allen, Director of New Media at Random House, about the closing of ebookstore, contentlinkinc.com. He replied and said I could… more

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Microsoft’s Answer to Google Book Search

The search inside feature must be a big marketing tool. Harper Collins has it. Google has angered authors over its digitization plans. Now Microsoft is inviting authors and publishers to submit their books to its search inside feature. Send them… more

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HarperCollins 1st Quarter Sees Decrease

Has wunderkind Jane Friedman lost her touch? After 9 straight years of record profits, first quarter sales for fiscal year 2007 (fiscal meaning budgetary year v. calendar year) were down 6% Part of the decreased profits are blamed on capital… more

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ContentLinkInc to Close Its E-Doors

Download your books now or be forever sorry! ATTENTION: ContentLink is scheduled to close this month and will not be taking any more orders. Please download and archive all your previously purchased titles. Thank you for shopping at ContentLink. This… more

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Romance Sales Booming in the UK

While Harlequin may be down, its European counterpart is booming. Net units sold by HM&B as a whole increased 170,000 to almost 2.4 million over the first three quarters of this year, while the value of net units sold rose… more

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Best Romance Quotes Evuh?

Fred Shapiro is the editor of The Yale Book of Quotations and he is seeking famous quotes from romance fiction. Let’s help. Dr. Shapiro’s email: fred dot shapiro at yale dot edu

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Harlequin Romance Profits Down

Is it piling on to say that maybe time spent with a focus group on what romance readers really want may reverse this downward trend? Harlequin’s revenues were down $3.2 million in the first quarter excluding the impact of foreign… more

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Avon to launch Inspirational Line

Avon Inspire will launch in May 2007 headed by Elizabeth Bevarly. Okay, just made that last bit up. The launch books include Tracey Bateman’s, Defiant Heart and Linda Windsor’s, Wedding Bell Blues. Harper SanFrancisco editor Cynthia DiTiberio will acquire and… more