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Tuesday News: B&N to launch in the UK in October; Penguin and Harlequin Australia launches digital first lines; The next generation wristwatch

Tuesday News: B&N to launch in the UK in October; Penguin...

nook is coming to the uk

“The story of Microsoft’s lost decade could serve as a business-school case study on the pitfalls of success. For what began as a lean competition machine led by young visionaries of unparalleled talent has mutated into something bloated and bureaucracy-laden, with an internal culture that unintentionally rewards managers who strangle innovative ideas that might threaten the established order of things.”

If it’s science fiction, fantasy, contemporary, historical, erotic, inspirational romance, urban fantasy, paranormal – or any mixture of the above, Harlequin Escape’s got it. We offer all levels of sensuality from the sweetest kisses to the hottest encounters. We offer different lengths, from short stories through novellas to full length novels. Our novels are standalone, loosely connected, or part of an ongoing series.  More at HarlequinEscape.


Edited to add:  I received a few answers from Harlequin Australia.

  • Any debut titles that we should be watching for?  Not as yet – we’re on the hunt for brilliant new voices right now!
  • Do you have a release schedule?  Not as yet – we hope to launch our debut titles by the end of the year
  • Any pricing details?  All of our titles will be priced competitively and informed by word count
  • Availability?  All titles will be DRM free and available globally  from all major eRetailers
  • Will the settings be primarily Australia and (I assume) New Zealand?  Setting will not be limited to Australia and NZ, however we are dedicated to bringing Australian and New Zealand voices to readers globally.
  • For the authors on my site, any word on the royalty? We’ll keep you posted!

What is Destiny Romance looking for? Destiny Romance is passionately interested in all kinds of romantic fiction, from sweet and tender through to saucy and sensual. We’re looking for all subgenres, including but not limited to: contemporary, historical, suspense, paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi and erotica. If you’ve come up with a new style of romance, then we’re interested in that too. We are accepting shorter length stories from 25,000 words right up to full-length novels of 100,000-plus. We will not consider manuscripts of less than 25,000 words, non-fiction work, children’s books or poetry. A strong voice, originality and intense emotions will help your manuscript stand out in the crowd. At this stage, we are particularly on the hunt for historical (Regency) romance, contemporary romance featuring high-powered men and women, medical romance, and erotic romance.

Apparently Soho Press is launching a YA line. You can see the debut trailer at The BookSmugglers. The press email I received yesterday promised something very neat if I posted the “exclusive” code. So here it is. Anything exciting happening? Dollar bills falling out of the screen?

Thursday News: ABA and Barnes&Noble receive permission to file amicus brief; Harlequin earnings up but sales down

Thursday News: ABA and Barnes&Noble receive permission to file amicus brief;...

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 h/t Ilona Andrews via @ExperimentBL626

Overall this is a fairly good article. I’m excited to read this book and I love that the profile of the author. From the article is a mini summary of the book:

Narayanan’s couple, though, follow the path previous Indian M&B’s — The Love Asana (Milan Vohra) and His Monsoon Bride (Aastha Atray) — have trod. They’re more new-Bollywood than old-world: he’s an architect from Singapore, she’s a consultant in Mumbai, and they find each other a challenge.

Amicus briefs are accepted routinely in cases like this. The standard for an amicus brief is that it adds some new argument not already considered by the parties. Given that brick and mortar booksellers aren’t a party to the suit, it is easy to see why Judge Cote would grant the filing of the brief. It also makes Judge Cote look like she viewed all sides of the argument before coming to a decision

Profits are up even though revenue is down at Torstar. Not sure about the breakout for Harlequin.

A couple of years ago, I was in my car waiting to get my hot tea in a coffee shop drive thru. When I got to the service window, I was informed my tea and breakfast sandwich had been paid for by the person in front of me. What an amazing random act of kindness. A while later I was having dinner with my daughter at a local restaurant when the waitress came to tell me another couple had paid for my bill. Since then I have made it a practice to pay it backward (or pay it forward) by buying someone else’s breakfast order a couple times a month. In my mall there is a Chick Fil A and a Panera. Guess which one I’ll be choosing.

I don’t know whether to be more disheartened by the pranksters or for the purchasers.

Some clean up items.

1)  The Berenstein Bears tried to distance itself from Chick-fil-A and posted a note ostensibly from HarperCollins saying that HC wouldn’t be doing business with Chick-fil-A in the future.  HC sent out a statement that what was posted on the Berenstein Bears’ site was “unauthorized.  Berenstain Bears try to keep distance from Chick-fil-A   NBC News

2)  Remember the Chicklitgirls?  They were the site that was charging for positive reviews.  After the author’s blogpost was picked up by blogs like Popehat and TechCrunch, the chicklitgirls took their site down and put up a “coming soon” page.  Now it appears like the site is completely gone as is the twitter feed.