Monday Midday News: Cyber Monday Sales, some ending noon PST
UPDATE: Another big CyberMonday deal. Buy.com is offering the Kobo Touch with special offers at 69.99.
All Romance Ebooks is running their annual survey. They use this survey, in part, to present at the Digital Book World and other tech conferences. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Romance-eReading
All Romance eBooks Cyber Monday sale is a 50% rebate on all incentive eligible titles. (look for the crown)
Amazon’s Cyber Monday Sale where over 700 books are 75% off. These are non Agency titles. Many of them are from Open Road including the Barbara Hambly books. Only $1.99. The Cyber Monday sales end today at noon PST.
There are also “Big Deals” that include a few Sourcebooks, Harlequin, and self published titles like Bella Andre’s The Look of Love is on sale for $1.99 through December 4th.
Sandra Hyatt’s posthumous release, Lessons in Seduction (Harlequin Desire), is out December. The royalties will obviously help her family (husband and children).
RT gave “Lessons In Seduction” 4.5 stars. Reviewer Pat Cooper said: “Readers are the ones scoring the hit when they pick this one up, and it’s a shame that Hyatt’s passing is going to deny them more tales like this one.”
Lessons In Seduction
A prince on a quest to find the perfect wife doesn’t have time to trifle with a commoner. But Adam Marconi’s longtime friend and sometime driver, Danielle St. Claire, has him contemplating a change in plans. Why can’t the royal have a little fun before finally settling down? Then their supposedly quick affair suddenly turns
And Prince Adam finds himself in a quandary. Say goodbye to the one woman who sets his heart and body on fire, or defy all the rules and cause the scandal of the century.
If you self publish at Amazon, Amazon has a lot of control. This link gives advice on how to avoid getting banned such as not talking about your sales numbers and having multiple accounts. It’s likely one of those things led to Safina Deforges’ account here:
Last month Amazon managed to lose the reviews of countless ebook sellers. Among them our very own Sugar & Spice went from 240+ reviews to “Be the first to review this item.”
Needless to say sales plummeted. Our 130+ five stars are a big selling point. Making Sugar & Spice look like a new book no-one has ever heard of was unhelpful, to say the least. By the time Amazon had fixed the problem we had lost crucial chart and category position. How many sales Amazon’s errors cost us is hard to say, but it must have been substantial.
Deforges doesn’t tell us all the story (none of these posts ever do) but she has two versions of the same book up: here and here. However, I do think DeForges post does provide a cautionary tale of how putting all the eggs in one Amazon basket can be problematic.
The Publisher’s Association has come out in support of Penguin’s new bar on library digital lending.
The move echoed the stance taken by Penguin US earlier this week. PA c.e.o. Richard Mollet said: “Today’s announcement [by Penguin UK] underlines what the Publishers Association has been saying for some time about the risks around e-lending. Whilst publishers are and always have been fully supportive of libraries, it also has to be recognised that in this still developing area, it is right to be concerned about the security of digital files in the supply chain.”
This “security” thing that is referred to happens to be that Kindle library lending through Overdrive was managed by Amazon (in just a few easy steps compared to the draconian 12 steps it takes to borrow an ePub). Security thus, to me, means that publishers want to prevent Amazon from gaining any advantage including one that allows Kindle owners to easily borrow ebooks.
The reason that publishers have no problem with Barnes & Noble is because BN’s business model is built along the lines of publishers. Keep prices high. Amazon’s slash and burn pricing model is feared by publishers and rather than compete directly, publishers attempt to restrict access.