May 5 2010
Hooray, it's here! The TBR, an iPhone app for the romance reader looking for the latest reviews, content, and free romance reads.
The app is a first for romance readers and romance bloggers, and is a joint venture of Smart Bitches Trashy Books and Dear Author. The app features the most recent reviews from both sites, as well as a feed of the full content.
Best of all, it includes free reads from some of the best writers in romance fiction. We'll be kicking off our free reads section with a full length Harlequin novel from Jill Shalvis, which we'll serialize and release chapter-by-chapter.
You'll have reviews, essays and free romance to read – whoever you are. You can download the app for your iPhone or iTouch. Or app is currently not optimized for the iPad.
We are so excited about this project, it's hard to believe launch date is actually here. We started working on this app months ago, and we have big plans for the future as well – which is where our sponsor comes in. Our bi weekly sponsor will help us eventually provide a more fully featured mobile app. But the ad isn't just an ad, either: if you tap the ad space, you'll get an excerpt, links to buy, and options to spread the word about the featured book.
If you're interested in advertising, or being featured in the free reads section, please email me at janeATdearauthorDOTcom with The TBR in the subject line.
We have some amazing things planned for the app in the future, but we cannot wait to share it with you. All our projects are showcased at The TBR.com, including the DABWAHA and Save the Contemporary. We have more features planned that will highlight romance fiction. We want to allow the conversation that is part of romance reading and reviewing to grow and become portable – so you and we can grow our TBR piles even higher than they are now.