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Thursday Midday Links: Rosario, One of the Best Bloggers You May...

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!)

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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!

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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?

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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%.

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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.

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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?

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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
do.
* 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?

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

8 Comments

  1. katiebabs
    Oct 15, 2009 @ 11:25:25

    Rosario is great! Everyone should read her reviews :D

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  2. Jessica
    Oct 15, 2009 @ 11:53:12

    Rosario is one of my blogging inspirations. She does one thing and does it really well.

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  3. Janet W
    Oct 15, 2009 @ 17:47:31

    Ditto ditto — she was one of the very first bloggers I ever started to follow and she’s consistent, reliable (oh noes, that doesn’t sound too exciting!), let me try again: she reads Balogh, Roberts, Robb, Brockmann and everyone else under the sun including some fascinating non-fiction books. And she reviews books from both sides of the pond.

    I’ll be just flat out blatant … I think she’d make a super guest blogger at Book Chat :)

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  4. Robin
    Oct 15, 2009 @ 21:50:22

    I love Rosario’s reviews and am glad she’s more regularly back at it!

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  5. Rosario
    Oct 16, 2009 @ 07:01:08

    Oh, what a lovely surprise to read this! Thank you all for the very kind comments, I’m in Germany for work at the moment (where the y and the z are switched on the keyboard, gah!!), so I’ve only now had the chance to see the post. I really appreciate the encouragement… I absolutely love doing my reviews, and that’s the main reason I blog, but it’s also good to know other people enjoy them as well!

    PS – Jane, I’ve a review of a Kathleen O’Reilly book coming up on Tuesday (IIRC). You might want to block my site that day :-D

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  6. Susanna Kearsley
    Oct 16, 2009 @ 08:16:07

    Hi Rosario! *waving* I just found that Spanish book I’d promised to send you still sitting in my office (sorry). If you email me your address in Germany, I’ll send it to you there…

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  7. Tara Marie
    Oct 16, 2009 @ 13:25:10

    Rosario is one of my first stops every morning :)

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  8. Jess B.
    Oct 19, 2009 @ 13:50:10

    Siren of the Storm’s FF.net posting was possibly the funniest thing I’ve read in a while! Amazing, and tragically accurate, but still completely awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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