Oct 15 2009
Rosario is one of the oldest (not in age but in internet years) bloggers in romance. She was one of my first blog stops ever. She took a few years off from blogging because she was attending graduate school but now she’s back, churning out a quality review almost every day. If you haven’t put Rosario on your feed reader or bookmarked her, you may want to give her a try. (Although, how could you give Anyone But You by Sarah Mayberry a C+? That’s my favorite Mayberry!)
Siren of the Storm, a fan fiction writer, has a short 2 minute Regency read.
Heroine: Everyone knows that reformed rakes make the best husbands, because they have the four qualities women desire most in a husband: sexual prowess, commitment issues, promiscuity, and a diverse selection of venereal diseases!
Motoko Rich from the New York Times published an article yesterday on the rise of digital lending. What caught my attention most was that MacMillan, the parent of St. Martin’s Press and Tor (among others), and Simon & Schuster were not allowing their books to be sold, in digital format, to libraries.
But some publishers worry that the convenience of borrowing books electronically could ultimately cut into sales of print editions.
"I don’t have to get in my car, go to the library, look at the book, check it out," said John Sargent, chief executive of Macmillan, which publishes authors like Janet Evanovich,Augusten Burroughs and Jeffrey Eugenides. "Instead, I’m sitting in the comfort of my living room and can say, "Oh, that looks interesting’ and download it."
As digital collections grow, Mr. Sargent said he feared a world in which "pretty soon you’re not paying for anything." Partly because of such concerns, Macmillan does not allow its e-books to be offered in public libraries.
First, it should be noted that a digital library book works like a paper book. The library lends only one copy at a time, requiring readers to be placed on a wait list until the digital copy is “returned” after three weeks. The return happens automatically because the reader’s access is turned off after the three week period. Why Sargent believes that access to books is only allowable by going out of one’s house for shopping, I have no idea. I maintain that the biggest competitor to books is not other books, but other forms of entertainment and if other forms of entertainment are ON DEMAND in one’s house who is losing here?
In contrast to MacMillan and Simon & Schuster, look at this article about the revival of Dungeons and Dragons online. Apparently online D&D gaming subscriptions were down. The company decided to allow its client software to be downloaded for free. Gamers could then play, up to a certain level, for free. Result? Subscriptions are up 40%.
Mobility examines the Times article and contrasts that with what Harlequin is doing which is to make its catalog available to as many people as are willing and able to buy at reasonable prices. Even libraries.
There is more on Jane Friedman’s new business venture from Richard Nash. Her new digital publishing and online marketing platform will focus on big legacy titles and on niche areas such as LGBTQ and African American lines from Kensington. Any new publishing will be based on the digital model – no advance and some profit sharing. What will RWA do now?
According to this Press Release from Libre Digital, one in three readers who samples something online will end up purchasing the book.
Highlights of other general online book browsing trends include:
* Women are spending nearly 70 percent more time browsing books online than men
* The most popular genre of books browsed online is romance novels, followed by
books for tweens/teens and business books. The peak time for browsing romance
titles is 11pm – 1am, in contrast to 4pm – 11pm for tween/teen books and 9am -
5pm for business books.
Malle Vallik from Harlequin blogs over at Romancing the Blog about how authors should handle blog comments. I agree with everything she wrote. I think everything is more readable in list format, don’t you?