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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

Friday News: B&N and Simon & Schuster may still be feuding; Margaret Atwood pens provocative thoughts about women’s books; and LovePalz launches for long distance couples

Friday News: B&N and Simon & Schuster may still be feuding;...

Take The Love Song of Johnny Valentine by Teddy Wayne for example, which went on sale February 4th. The book has enjoyed an all-star media lineup with a daily New York Times review by Michiko Kakutani, NPR interviews on “All Things Considered” and the Leonard Lopate show, and appearances on The Awl,, Vice, in USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Gate, PBS, and Interview magazine. While the book is still listed with the ability to order online on the B&N website, an in-store book search reveals that it’s out of stock in stores across the country.

Low print sales are true for the #1 NYT Bestselling book this week, S.C. Stephens’ Reckless. Despite being #1 on the combined list and the ebook list, Stephens’ book is noticeably absent from the print only list which suggests that the main paper book seller in the U.S. may continue to have reduced print orders from Simon & Schuster.   (It also suggests that her ebook sales were massive).  MobyLives

“Men’s novels are about how to get power. Killing and so on, or winning and so on. So are women’s novels, though the method is different. In men’s novels, getting the woman or women goes along with getting the power. It’s a perk, not a means. In women’s novels, you get the power by getting the man. The man is the power. But sex won’t do, he has to love you. ”

Interesting and provocative.  Atwood is making sweeping generalizations, of course.  Isn’t “Perks of the Being a Wallflower” a man’s novel?  And is seeking love gaining power through men? No, of course not.  Byliner

The vampires and their mates are smell oriented. To the hero, the heroines smells of tangerines. So in order to get in the mood, he takes a bowl of tangerines and begins to make love to the tangerines. He really gets into it. The book describes the juices running down his hands and the feel of the flesh of the fruit against his tongue.

Anyway, when I read this post about the toys for long distance partners, I thought that it was too bad that the tangerine hero didn’t have something like this. He might not have had to consume so much vitamin C in order to communicate with his lady love. TechCrunch