Bookboard tries Netflix-like model for kids’ ebooks – Bookboard (not to be confused with Books on Board like I initially did upon reading this story) is a new digital retailer designed to deliver Netflix like access to children’s books. It is currently free during the public beta, but the commercial launch will occur somewhere in 2013 with monthly subscription fees between $5 and $10 per month. Publishers receive royalties based on number of pages read and “how well their content does within our platform,” Pegg said. (The publishers are not paid during the free beta period.) One of the participating publishers I spoke with also said that Bookboard is paying them an advance, though the company would not comment on that. It appears that different publishers may have different licensing agreements and as Bookboard tries to get larger children’s publishers to sign up it may have to pay them more.”paidContent
THE ART OF THE NOVELLA SUBSCRIPTION SERIES – Melville House is offering a limited subscription service for both print and digital readers. The digital subscription is $8.99 per month and the print is $16.99 per month. The subscription qualifies you for 2 novellas a month chosen by Melville House. Seems pricey to me, but this is a literary fiction house so maybe those prices are in line with the customer expectations. Melville House Books
Over a Third of eReaders Are Used Just Once Before Being Set Aside – According to a customer survey undertaken by CouponCodes4um.com, about 1/3 of readers who have a digital device only use it once. The majority of the correspondents cite busyness as the cause of the ereader’s demise but nearly a quarter prefer their print books over a digital reader.The Digital Reader
50 Shades of Divorce: Wife ‘inspired’ by erotic book says husband failed to meet her expectations – I don’t know who I dislike more in this story. The sum of the story is that a wife who is unhappy with her sex life is suing for divorce. The wife’s solicitor claims that the wife brought in ideas from the book into the bedroom and the husband wasn’t interested. Ergo, Fifty Shades is ushering in women with crazy bedroom ideas who will leave their husbands if they aren’t interested in a little BDSM with a spatula.Daily Mail Online
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.
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