Romance author Beverly Barton passed away last week. Harlequin community is hosting a virtual memorial.
Nookcolor has undergone a pretty major update. Froyo is one of the newer Android operating systems and with the Froyo update, you get Adobe Flash (can I watch hulu on this sucker?) and access to a new Nook App store. Barnes and Noble says that they have over 5,000 developers for its Nook App store. It’s not a major competitor to the iPad or other tablets but its turning into a very nice multifunction ereading device. More details and a hands on from Engadget.
Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches has a post about Victorian Romances and where you can find these gems. These are all in the public domain which means you can get them free. Her guest poster has a list of recommended reads if you want to dip your toes into the era but aren’t sure where to start.
If you read a blog, you are probably more influenced by the bloggers than by celebrities or so says a study cited by Fox News.
ccording to the BlogHer 2011 Social Media Matters Study, 78 percent of the female American adult populations are active social media users, and of those, nearly twice as many (20 percent) are motivated to consider products promoted by or with a blogger they know, than they are by promotions featuring a celebrity (12 percent).
Buried by Books wonders about the YA bandwaggoning by romance authors. I agree with BbB that Romantic Times was full of romance authors talking about their YA projects. Some of the adult genre authors didn’t even want to talk about their romance books, but wanted only to focus attention on their YA stories. Interestingly enough, some authors believe that YA is just a subset of romance and doesn’t require a different tone or voice. Having heard many agents around the web proclaim that YA is all about tone and voice, this divergence in opinion is surprising. It could be that the YA market is changing or perhaps more adults are buying YA and making YA a subset of romance? I am not sure. What I do believe is that YA cannot withstand the number of authors that romance does. Most YA books are published in trade or hardcover and few readers have the financial wherewithal to support a mass number of authors in those formats.
I’m actually not interested in following many of the romance authors to YA. I’d be interested in hearing what the readers here have to say.
Interestingly Google is going to offer Chrome notebooks on a subscription basis.
For $10-$20 per month, Google will replace faulty hardware for the life of the subscription, and will provide hardware refreshes as they become available. This essentially treats notebooks like a cable modem—a device leased from the cable company as part of your monthly fee in return for replacing it if anything goes wrong