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Monday Midday Links Roundup: ebooks signal death of midlist?

DA Industry NewsI can’t recall if I posted this but the winner of the copy of  Petals from the Sky from last week's  Intro Interview with Mingmei Yip is  Ms. Bookjunkie.   Send your post info to Alyson at daintrointerview AT gmail DOT com, and she'll get your book out to you.   Congratulations!


Donna Hayes,   Harlequin's Publisher and CEO is the recipient of this year's "W Award" presented by the YWCA of the City of New York. Ms. Hayes is being recognized not only as a business woman at the top of her field, but also for supporting the YWCA's mission to empower women and eliminate discrimination through the books she and Harlequin Enterprises publishes each month.   The award will be given on  June 24. Here is information about the event:

Who: Donna Hayes, Publisher & CEO of Harlequin Enterprises Wins the 2010 "W Award"

What: YWCA of the City of New York's 6th Annual Summer Soiree

When: Thursday, June 24 from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Where: Trump SoHo New York, 246 Spring Street at Varick Street

Why: New York City's premier soiree in support of women – an evening of cocktails, light fare, silent auction, networking, music and dancing at the brand-new Trump SoHo New York. Tickets start at $225 and are tax-deductible.

To purchase tickets, contact: Sara Raassi at (212) 735-9708 or [email protected]   Holy crap, expensive right?   YWCA is offering 20% off to Dear Author readers. If you go, let me know how it went!


Today is the last day for you to download Undercover Lover: Take Me, Lover, Book 2 by Charlaine Teglia for free.   Tomorrow Samhain will offer Moira Rogers’ Cry Sanctuary: Book 1 of Red Rock Pass series for free until the 28th.


The Wall Street Journal put together a brief video history of the book.   Thanks Kay!


James McGrath Morrison says that ebooks will kill the midlist because people will no longer browse.   Browsing is all done in the retail stores.

Digital books create a retailing bypass that diminishes the exposure of midlist books to potential readers. Supermarkets have long understood the importance of this aspect of sales, arranging their stores so shoppers have to pass through aisles filled with tempting items in order to pick up a quart of milk. So while eBooks will offer publishers an easier and more economic means to sell more works by leading authors it will increase the challenge of marketing books by others.

I think I buy more midlist authors in ebook format than I ever did in print format and I do far more impulse buying.   That one click is a frigging killer.


Authors Guild sent out a warning over new contract terms Wiley would like for its authors to agree to.    Wiley wants to pay royalties off the net and not retail.   Further it wants to change the rights of reversion.   Essentially Authors Guild is arguing Wiley wants to keep the rights for longer and pay less money.   Wiley disagrees and argues that its new contract terms would pay most authors more.   Authors Guild has been wrong before but it never hurts to read your contract twice.

via PubRants


Rachel and Doystel & Gooderich points us to a Huffington Post piece on epic fantasy hookups between authors (not of the sexual kind but of the collaborative kind).   I generally dislike collaborations and frankly can’t think of one hookup I would like to see.   How about you?

Dear Jane:  Can I read the free ebooks if I don’t have an Ereader?

Dear Jane: Can I read the free ebooks if I...

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Dear Jane:

I’m see all these promotions for free ebooks (or cheap ebooks) but I don’t own an ebook reader and I don’t want to buy one just yet (I’m waiting for that perfect device). But I still want to read some of these books for free. Is there anyway I can do that?



Dear Lynn:

Yes, for almost all free ebooks or cheap ebook promotions, you can take advantage of these deals by using just your laptop or desktop. The truth is nearly half of people who read ebooks do so using some type of personal computer. The only disadvantage is that you might have to download more than one software program to your desktop to take advantage of these promotions.

There are three major retailers that support the publisher promotions of free and cheap. Those are Kindle (PC and Mac), Nook (PC or Mac), and Sony (PC and Mac). The nook and Sony both sell epubs which you can read with Adobe Digital Editions, however, you will still need to use the retailers’ software in order to download the free books.

The nook does have some in store specials that require you to go into the store and show them a BN ereader on your computer, handheld device, or your nook in order to get the special. Most ebook promotions are available to anyone who has a computer.

Long Answer:   How do I keep track?   Dear Author posts the monthly specials that they know of but there are three good sources for the publisher promotions:   MobileReads “Deals, Freebies, and Resources” forum; Books on the Knob blog; Kindle Besteller list (broken into free and paid).

Random House and Samhain, offer monthly FREE ebooks. For example, this month you can download the following for free:

This month, Tor has released shorts of its award winning authors:

Kensington often has short, unannounced freebies.

Harlequin has its free books from last year’s 60 year celebration and has added three new free titles. It is also offering freebies directly from its ecommerce site such as Speed Datingby Nancy Warren.

Hachette and Random House offers discounted promotional ebooks. Hachette has been promoting the backlist of Elizabeth Peters. The following Elizabeth Peters books are all $1.99:

Other $1.99 deals are:

Pocket, HarperCollins and Penguin rarely, if ever, feature free backlist giveaways. I haven’t seen giveaways for Ellora’s Cave, Loose Id, Red Sage, or Liquid Silver, to name a few ebook companies.