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Wednesday News: New children’s lit subscription service, new women’s lifestyle site, trans-Atlantic book cover comparisons, and HarperCollins makes piracy claims against its own content

Wednesday News: New children’s lit subscription service, new women’s lifestyle site,...

“Epic! joins a number of recent launches of subscription e-book services but in this case one focused on children’s books for readers 5-12 years old. The service launches with about 2,000 kids’ e-books from major publishers, among them Open Road Integrated Media, Lerner Publishing, and Simon & Schuster. E-books are streamed and Epic! offers instant access along with recommendations, badges and gaming-like rewards, offline reading and time-spent reading data for parents. The Epic! interface also emphasizes reading and does not include the audio, animation and interactive effects usually added to children’s e-books.” Publishers Weekly

“The Window Seat, which will launch on Thursday (30th January), is a “Pan Macmillan branded audience-focused vertical bringing together the best in women’s fiction, as well as non-fiction and lifestyle content targeted at this core group of readers”.” The Bookseller

“Of course, as with any product online there are people out there prepared to exploit the same content digitally, through more unofficial channels. To that end HarperCollins has been hiring anti-piracy companies to remove files and links from the Internet in the hope that unauthorized content will be harder to find. However, there have been unintended consequences.” TorrentFreak

Monday News: Reporters beware, computers are writing your news now; Big books are back; Why I hate the strong heroine and more.

Monday News: Reporters beware, computers are writing your news now; Big...

Reading through 800 pages or so raises expectations in a way other reading doesn’t come close to. All that time given to a book – it had better be more than a gimmick, a trick, a post-modern conceit. It had better be a story we haven’t heard before, or already read in another version. It had better change us, make us different to how we were when we started – make us bigger, somehow, ourselves.

I’m currently reading Anslie Patton’s White Balance. It’s a longer book. Meljean Brook’s Guardian Demon was pretty much two books (close to 200,000 words). Patton’s book was a weekend read for me. It wasn’t one I could gulp down in an afternoon or an evening, but I really enjoyed the time I spent immersed in her world. I wouldn’t say I came away changed, but I don’t begrudge Patton the time I spent reading her book.

It’s not like I had something more important to do. I could’ve blogged, watched TV, or played Candy Crush. Instead, I spent around six hours reading White Balance. I’m okay with that. But Gunn is right. The longer the time I have to spend with characters, the more that they have to engage me on every level. Books |

The Strong Female Character has something to prove. She’s on the defensive before she even starts. She’s George from The Famous Five all grown up and still bleating with the same desperate lack of conviction that she’s “Every Bit As Good as a Boy”.New Statesman

That does put a damper



The conference itself is a half-day event and will be a series of panel discussions with gay romance authors and publishers from around the region. Afterwards, we are hosting a “Happy Hour” book fest across the street from the library at the Hotel Monaco which will feature author signings, author readings, giveaways, etc.

There are over 30 gay romance authors and publishers involved, including Blind Eye Books head Nicole Kimberling, Total E-Bound editor-in-chief Devon Rhodes, Less Than Three Press founder Megan Derr, Ginn Hale, Daisy Harris, Anne Tenino, and Rick R. Reed.

(Tickets for the Meet-Up are $25, which includes both the conference and post-con book fest.)


Roppé also interviews top book bloggers and Goodreads reviewers about what they are reading and what’s trending in romance. And no, they’ve never contacted me which is shocking because Goodreads sent me an email saying I was in the top 2% of all Goodreads reviewers. I say this tongue in cheek because this email was sent to virtually every blogger and reviewer I know on Goodreads. I actually really like they are including bloggers and reviewers in their podcasts.  Amazon