Thursday Midday News: Mr Romance Is Done

Thursday Midday News: Mr Romance Is Done

Google has partnered with iRiver to introduce a new ebook reader to the market.  This will be sold at Target and online.  PC World has a really good review of the device.  The pro of the device is that it has the crispest screen of any eink device on the market.  The cons? Poor software interface and lack of page turn buttons.

I don’t plan on getting this device but if someone does and wants to review it for DA, let me know jane at dearauthor.com.

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Sony plans to release a new slate of ebook readers and tablet computers this fall.  The speculation is that the ebook readers will be cheaper with new software.  The tablet computers will integrate the reading application with the bookstore (more attractive to me).

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Borders did get an offer of purchase but it has turned down the offer and now looks to be pursuing liquidation.

Borders Group Inc. said it will seek court approval to sell itself to a group of liquidators, rather than to a unit of Najafi Cos., after revisions to the earlier sale agreement and the terms of its bankruptcy loan.

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RT apparently has pulled the plug on Mr. Romance. I’m not surprised nor sorry to hear this. Dorchester was the long time sponsor of Mr. Romance and no other publisher has stepped up to offer to take Dorchester’s place.  Mr. Romance, while maybe fun for the attendees, simply perpetuates the “romance is porn” mantra and contributed to an oversexualization of the genre.  Glad to see it go. I also suspect with this gone, some big name authors who have been absent in the past will be attending the conference.  It’s in Chicago next year.

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We had a post from Maya Banks about her experience in publishing. Maya has been very successful, in large part due to her hard work.  A post on BookEnds shows a slightly different experience from author Ellery Adams.  Writing is tough work.

  • Number of publishers I’ve written for — 3
  • Average number of series I’m writing at once – 3
  • Average advance received from publisher — $6,000 per book
  • Average amount paid for large print or foreign rights — $500 or $1000


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ABA, the independent bookseller’s association, is partnering with Bluefire to bring an ABA endorsed reading app to the masses. My understanding is that Bluefire has removed all the internal buy links and catalogs and thus to get books on your ABA app, you’ll have to buy them using your computer, download the books using Adobe Digital Editions, and then send them to your device, either through email or syncing via the USB cord and iTunes.