“On Tuesday, though, America’s Test Kitchen is taking a step toward bundling that will make readers who want, and in many cases are paying for, access to all three brands very happy. Starting today, ATK is offering bundled access to all three of its websites, plus a selection of 1,000 recipes from its cookbooks, for $69.95 per year. That’s a good deal because previously a subscription to just one website was $34.95 a year, and if you wanted access to the “Cookbook Collection” recipes you had to pay an additional $15 a year.”GigaOM | Tech News and Analysis
Random House Acquires Figment – I guess this is big news. Random House has acquired Figment which is an online writing community for teens. It has a user base of more than 300,000. Given the relative youth of some of the big YA authors like Veronica Roth (25), cherry picking authors from a website that you own makes sense. Macmillan has launched Swoon, a similar site. HarperCollins had and closed Inkpop so who knows what will happen to Figment. Publishers Weekly
Brenda Chin to Belle Books – Earlier this month it was announced Brenda Chin will be the editorial director of ImaJinn. ImaJinn was a paranormal imprint (most famous for publishing Keri Arthur before she broke out) but Belle Books bought the publishing house from the estate of the deceased owner. Chin was formerly in charge of the Harlequin Blaze line. It will be interesting to see how her contemporary tastes transition to the paranormal. Chin will join Belle Books December 1Publishers Marketplace Paid Link
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.
You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com