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Letters of Opinion

Is Romance Heeding the Call of Nature?

Is Romance Heeding the Call of Nature?

In my last piece, Morality and Romance, I suggested that the genre reflects a historically entrenched double standard around female sexuality, namely that what is largely tolerated or even embraced in male protagonists – rich and varied sexual experience –… more

Can the Digital Market Expand Reader Choice?

Can the Digital Market Expand Reader Choice?

While the traditional advance/royalty model is the least risky for authors, its open to only a limited few within a limited framework. Publishers are buying books that they can sell to bookstore buyers and distribution partners. The benefit of digital reseller market is that the filter is not the bookstore buyer or the distribution buyer because there is no artificial limitation set physical boundaries. The digital bookshelf is infinite and endless.

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Publishing Business Models

I want to start this article by laying out some basic principles.  ┬áThese I believe are facts. The current publishing business model which relies on advances against royalties and the consignment method of selling cannot be sustained. A robust publishing… more

Book Branding

Book Branding

Digital Book World held an online seminar entitled Marketing in the Digital Age. The panelists included Dan Blank, Director of Content Strategy & Development, Reed Business Information (owns Publishers’ Weekly); Patrick Boegel, Director, Media Integration, Media Logic; Jane Friedman, Publisher… more