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The Comeback of the Backlist

pubIt logoI started reading romances in the mid 1980s, cutting my teeth on books written by Judith McNaught, Catherine Coulter and Jude Deveraux. I’ve haunted used bookstores for backlist titles to fill out my collections because once I glom an author, I just have to have every book out there.

nook colorWith right returning to authors, backlists are being digitized and sold by the authors using services like PubIt!, Barnes and Noble’s self publishing platform.

PubIt! emailed me to give me a heads up that authors like Barbara Freethy, Alexis Harrington, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, among others, are bringing their backlist titles to readers. It’s pretty hard to keep track of the folks that are digitizing their backlists so I thought it would be fun for readers to share with each other their favorite backlist titles that are being digitized.

What classic or backlist romance would you buy first if you had a new eReader?** Post your favorite and enter to win a NOOKcolor.

And while not necessary for entering the giveaway, I’m curious what readers think is the right price for a backlist title. I know some authors are pricing their books equal to their frontlist titles. I am of the opinion that a backlist title competes with the used bookstore and I am reluctant to pay more than $5.00 for a backlist title.   Thoughts?

***Here’s my review of the NOOKcolor.

**NOOKcolor giveaway good only for US/Canada readers. If you are an international reader and I pick your name, I’ll send you a $50 gift card to be used at a bookstore of your choice.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


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