HarperCollins is making a core set of backlist titles available for print on demand through espresso machines. I’m not sure why every digitized book can’t be accessed through an in store POD system but I’m glad that more print titles are being made available to readers who want print.
I know that there are a ton of Downtown Abbey fans amongst romance readers. Publishers are taking notice as well and suggesting a number of titles that might appeal to the Downtown Abbey crowd.
So they are rushing to print books that take readers back to Edwardian and wartime England: stories about the grandeur of British estates (“Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle” by the Countess of Carnarvon); the recollections of a lady’s maid (“Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor” by Rosina Harrison); and World War I (“A Bitter Truth” by Charles Todd), the bloody backdrop to the show’s second season, which had its premiere in the United States last Sunday on PBS, drawing 4.2 million viewers.
None of these appear to be romances. Do romance readers have any suggestions?
PW has a roundup of the bestsellers of 2011. From the lede it appears that PW only tracks paper sales. If Bestseller = sales (and it doesn’t always) Random House had the best year with 104 hardcover bestsellers compared to runner up Penguin who had 86. Random House’s books spent the most time on the bestseller list at 480 weeks almost doubling Penguin’s presence of 241 weeks. The list notes that the Big 6 still account for the majority of print books sold:
The top six—Random House, Penguin, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Macmillan—accounted for 89.8% of the hardcover slots and 81.3% of the paperback slots. Adding the additional four players featured on the table (p. 19) ups the total to 92.8% for hardcover and a whopping 96.9% for paperback.
It’s a great little article with charts and tables. I recommend you read it. I’m not sure what it tells us about the state of publishing or where it is going from here but it is a data point.
The following are a few Harlequin deals I found on Amazon. If you don’t find what you like in the list below, you might head over to Harlequin and use the $4 coupon SPEND4E11 or get 25% off one book at Kobo Books using code c1auto25. Kobo also has a 30% off sale on selected titles using coupon code jan12us30.
- Dangerous Angels with Bonus Materials by Francesca Lia Block * $0.00 * A | BN | K | S * This has 188 reviews, average 4.5 stars*
- Spontaneous by Brenda Jackson * $0.86 * A | BN | K | S
- The Lone Wolfe by Kate Hewitt * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
- A Spanish Awakening by Kim Lawrence * $1.24 * A | BN | K | S
- A Lone Star Love Affair by Sara Orwig * $1.24 * A | BN | K | S
- Flashback by Gayle Wilson * $1.24 * A | BN | K | S
- Seducing the Accomplice by Jennifer Morey * $1.24 * A | BN | K | S
- Cold Case Reunion by Kimberly Van Meter * $1.24 * A | BN | K | S
- Five-Alarm Encounter by Karen Anders * $1.24 * A | BN | K | S
- Riches to Rags Bride by Myrna Mackenzie * $1.24 * A | BN | K | S
- What’s a Housekeeper to Do by Jennie Adams * $1.24 * A | BN | K | S
- High Octane by Lisa Renee Jones * $1.24 * A | BN | K | S
- The Husband Lesson by Jeanie London * $1.24 * A | BN | K | S
- Picture of Innocence by Jacqueline Baird * $1.25 * A | BN | K | S
- The Proposal by Brenda Jackson * $1.27 * A | BN | K | S
- The Stolen Bride by Abby Green * $1.36 * A | BN | K | S
- Waterford Point by Alana Matthews * $1.4 * A | BN | K | S
- With a Little Help by Valerie Parv * $1.42 * A | BN | K | S
- Best Man for the Job by Meredith Fletcher * $1.46 * A | BN | K | S