Kindle FreeTime Unlimited – Have a kid who wants a tablet but worried about the cost of content? Amazon has now introduced Kindle FreeTime Unlimited which allows unlimited access to books, games, movies and TV shows curated by Amazon for a monthly fee of $4.99 per month for one kid or $9.99 for up to six kids. Currently there are 1,513 items available in the “all you can eat” subscription offering.
Over 1,000 of those items are books. Amazon
Big Brother is Coming! – This is terrifying. Verizon has patented a DVR that will watch and listen to everything within your living room so as to provide targeted advertising. Who would want this? Aside from the obvious, this brings to mind the story about the Nike Fuel band results which revealed to a woman her boyfriend was cheating on her. Her boyfriend shared his Fuel Band data with her and must have forgotten. It showed unusual activity around 1 and 2 in the morning when he should have been, well, sleeping. Instead, I guess he was screwing around on her. I can now see a new version of the “walking in on the fiance while he cheating trope.” “Dude, I saw you via our Verizon spy unit.” SourceFed
First Page gets published. – Rhiannon Hart participated in our Saturday First Page feature where a first page is offered up for critique. Since then Hart sold her book, Blood Song, to Random House Australia and it is now available as an ebook worldwide. Congratulations! My inbox
Cosmo and Harlequin hook up to provide a new co branded imprint of novellas – Harlequin and Cosmopolitan are working together to bring “Cosmo Hot Reads” from Harlequin to the market. These novellas (approximately 30,000 words) will be priced at $3.99 and “will present independent, adventurous women in contemporary settings and feature fast-paced plots, great dialogue and compelling romance”. Beginning in May 2013, Harlequin will publish two books a month. Given Cosmo’s articles and dubious relationship advice, I can only imagine what kind of books will come out of this partnership. Alas, I am not the target audience as I am no fan of novellas. Authors can submit their books here. My inbox
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