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Tuesday News: Amazon gets sued again; PW puts up actual ebook...

Tina Reber’s Love Unrehearsed, for instance, sold 60,808 ebooks after being taken on by Simon & Schuster. Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard sold in excess of 100,000 copies after being acquired by Berkley. Beth Kery’s serial sold nearly 400,000 units. That seems to indicate that the serial isn’t going to die off very soon.

More importantly it looks like print sales are being equaled by digital sales for some books and surpassed by others which kind of puts a pall over the idea that ebook adoption will plateau at 30%.  Publishers Weekly

On the other end of the spectrum, Karen Marie Moning announced on her facebook page she bought a Lamborghini. Literary fiction may have more status but the commercial fiction writers are driving six figure sports cars.  Books | Money Matters | The A.V. Club

Book culture is not print fetishism; it is the swirl and gurgle of idea and style in the expression of stories and concepts—the conversation, polemic, narrative force that goes on within and between texts, within and between people as they write, revise, discover, and respond to those texts. That swirl and gurgle does happen to have a home for print fetishism, as it has a home for digital fetishism. This is what literature has always been. Being yoked to the Industrial Revolution’s machines for analog reproduction, accompanied by an arbitrary process for selecting what should be reproduced, will prove to be an anomaly in the history of literature, useful as that phase was for the democratization of access to reading. VQR

But our love of the romance novel is weighed against the same measurements used to value our feminist credentials based on our personal fantasies. Enjoy dominance in fiction and we can’t be feminists. Enjoy books that elevate the relationship and we can’t be feminists.

I think Luther takes a good first step in exploring the concept of feminism and its struggle to accept romances. The more I’ve blogged, the more that I come to the conclusion that we need to openly embrace the romance novel without reservation before we can expect anyone else to.Jessica Luther – The Atlantic

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


  1. Miranda Neville
    Mar 19, 2013 @ 08:43:05

    Re. the 30% plateau: it includes all trade books. I don’t think there’s any doubt that digital will surpass (or has surpassed) print in fiction, particularly genre fiction, but digital sales of non-fiction are much lower. Was the Steve Jobs biography on that list? It was one of last years huge bestsellers, in hardcover.

    One other point. I believe PW gets its print numbers from Bookscan. Though Bookscan is more accurate now that (since 1/1/13) it includes Walmart sales, formerly it only represented 25%-75% of actual sales, depending on genre, distribution etc. My own Bookscan numbers have historically run well under 50% of actual print sales.

  2. MrsJoseph
    Mar 19, 2013 @ 08:58:04

    Maybe I missed it. Which article is about Amazon being sued?

  3. Jane
    Mar 19, 2013 @ 09:00:51

    @MrsJoseph: Oops, I think I took that one out and saved it for tomorrow.

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