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Amazon is cutting off affiliates right and left, some due to taxing issues within the state, but it removed any affiliate fees for Kindle books; eliminated search related affiliate fees and not won’t pay for tweeted links. I’m of the opinion that Amazon is trying to strategically reduce any affiliate fees.

USA Today had a pretty good article in yesterday’s paper on romance reading, suggesting that smart women read romance. The article is focused first on a few authors within the genre that are ivy league educated such as Julia Quinn and Eloisa James. James admits that she got into writing romances for the money. It moved on to address the smart women who write about and read romance like the Smart Bitches:

When Tan tells people she reads romance novels and blogs about them, “I can see it in their eyes that their opinion of my intelligence is just being revised downwards.”

Today’s twist: “I feel embarrassed for them.”


While it is a largely positive article, I think it behooves all of us to remember that the measurement of “smart” isn’t solely reliant on degrees.

Investor confidence is driving up the stock price at Borders by over 800% in the first six months. That’s a positive.

The Booksmugglers have a post about books that you should be reading in the fantasy and YA genre. There were some very eye catching covers.

Google is creating an operating system to rival Miscrosoft. It looks like it is trying to target the netbook crowd and planning for a 2010 launch. I admit that I am a Chrome convert. It is far faster that Firefox and Windows Explorer. It lacks some of the features of Firefox because of the lack of developer plugins but the speed at which it moves makes it worth the sacrifice.

Publishers Weekly looks at how publishers are using the multimedia platforms of devices like the iPhones to try out more innovative publishing. One thing I would love to see if an ebook reading software program that did more than simply allow you to read the books. For example, wouldn’t it be great if every time you opened on ebook up on your iPhone, Sony or Kindle, it automatically registered that at Goodreads. When you finished the book, you could hit a link and be taken directly to your Goodreads account, rate the book and enter a note?

Frankly, I’m less interested in video added to my ebooks and more interested in interacting with others. Hook me up with ratings, a review template, and way to share and interact with others through my ebook reading software. Make it easy to organize, search and rate my books and share my thoughts with other readers. Sadly, I am not queen of publishing.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and 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


  1. Positive Press for Romance Novels & Elitism | Monkey Bear Reviews
    Jul 08, 2009 @ 13:39:07

    […] just saw that Jane from Dear Author has touched on this topic in her Daily Links Round Up. Author: Sarah Categories: Random Musings Tags: Romance in the Media Comments (0) […]

  2. Moth
    Jul 08, 2009 @ 13:43:09

    The Booksmugglers list was really good. There were several books and series on it that I can’t say enough good things about or recommend often enough.

    Mara: Daughter of the Nile and the Fables comics, namely. :)

    I think both these sets of books will definitely appeal to DA readers.

    In case anyone is looking to expand their TBR pile. ;P

  3. CupK8
    Jul 08, 2009 @ 13:58:34

    I tried using Chrome when it was first released, but when several of my bookmarked websites decided they didn’t like Chrome, I went back to Firefox.

    Maybe it is time to try again..

  4. Shiloh Walker
    Jul 08, 2009 @ 14:08:17

    The amazon/affiliate thing doesn’t surprise me at all. Eventually they’ll stop doing it. When they stop offering affiliate fees, then I stop linking to them.

  5. Jessica
    Jul 08, 2009 @ 14:10:34

    I wanted to note that both Katiebabs and Meredith Duran mentioned the elitism of the USA Today article on my blog yesterday. Both of their points were excellent (although my post was not about that, so discussion should happen here or at Sarah’s blog). My point is several different bloggers and writers have picked up on it. I’m glad you mentioned it, too.

    I hasten to add that the elitism was more the cumulative effect of the article, and not something I would for a second pin on anyone interviewed in it.

  6. Anion
    Jul 08, 2009 @ 19:54:13

    Moth, I’m a HUGE fan of the Fables comics! I’ve been a Bigby girl since the very first issue. :-)

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