Wednesday Midday Links: February Book Specials
UPDATED TO ADD:
Harlequin has priced all the Kimani titles at 40% this month.
Hachette has a few bundling deals (usually these can only be found at the Sony ebookstore)
- Get 2 K.J.Parker books for the price of one: Devices and Desires and Evil for Evil for $12.99.
- Get 3 Ione books for $14.68 or 30% off the retail price for Pleasure Unbound, Desire Unchained, Passion Unleashed. ( this is a fun, sexy series and I’ve liked most of the books).
Samhain is offering these Kindle promotions.
- 2/1/2010 — 2/14/2010: Icy Heat: A Heat Series Story by Leigh Wyndfield
- 2/15/2010 — 2/28/2010 Wolf Signs: Granite Lake Wolves, Book 1 by Vivian Arend
For paper lovers, Borders has launched its “Buy 4 get 1 Free” special both in store and on the web. I used to buy books like crazy under that sale.
All Romance eBooks (ARe) and it’s sister store, Omnilit, are celebrating February with “28 Days of Heart” Campaign. The campaign is designed to raise money for heart disease prevention. The bookstores will release one novella per day for 28 days and the proceeds from the sale will all go to the American Heart Association. Because I’m one part lazy and two parts very busy, I’ve uploaded the graphic of the 28 novellas but you’ll need to click on the small graphic to see the bigger version.
Part of me thinks, well, it’s new technology, what did I expect? The other part of me replies, BETTER!
Amazon’s Third Annual Breakthrough Novel contest commences. Given that the past winners have been more literary than popular fiction, I would guess the chances of a romance writer winning would be low to zero. But, hey, the contest is free. Contest details are listed below, and further information and official rules can be found at www.amazon.com/abna. To get tips on how to enter or sign up, visit www.createspace.com/abna. Grand Prize includes:
[A] full publishing contract with Penguin to market and distribute the Grand Prize winner’s winning manuscript as a published book, including promotion for the published book on Amazon.com and a $15,000 advance.
Lauren Willig and Cara Elliott are teaching a college seminar on historical romance at Yale this semester. The reading list is here (Doc file). I would love to audit this class but unfortunately I live too far away. I will be reading the books on the list because there are several I have never read. What a great guide.
Liza Daly has a great collection of things book publishers must do in creating ebooks with value for readers. Simple things like including the color cover, getting the metadata right, and making sure the formatting looks good. In order to demand higher prices from readers, publishers really need to start delivering a quality product, not the half assed stuff we ebook readers put up with now.
Stanza was told to stop including USB synching in its iPhone App and many people have seen this as a sign of evil by Amazon. I’m not convinced and here’s why.
USB synching was never officially allowed by Apple. Stanza got around that by hacking Apple’s SDK. With the iPad, Apple is allowing USB synching but in a particular way:
[T]he beta iPhone OS 3.2 SDK includes an API which allows access to a shared storage folder, which will be mounted as a readable and writable disk when you plug it into your computer
My guess is that Apple is requiring its developers to use the new authorized USB function rather than the hack it had allowed in the past.