Wednesday Midday Links & Deals: Kobo Has Deep Pockets Too, Nora Roberts Publishes 200th Novel

Wednesday Midday Links & Deals: Kobo Has Deep Pockets Too, Nora...

The Bookseller

“Kobo previously announced that it would launch a self-publishing tool, similar to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing and Barnes & Noble’s PubIt, but Serbinis said the business had been focused on expanding internationally, launching its tablet device, and closing the sale to Rakuten. But he promised the platform would launch “this quarter” before the summer. “We are currently fine-tuning our offer,” he said. He said the deal with Rakuten, which is a £25bn-a-year business, would help Kobo “mitigate” against those companies with very deep pockets. “We have a nuclear deterrent by having a strong balance sheet.”

“Before we get into the individual items of clothing, it’s important to realize some phrases we use today didn’t mean quite the same thing 200 years ago. For example, when we say “She was in a state of undress.” or “She was caught en dishabille.” The folks of the regency wouldn’t have batted an eye. It was quite common for ladies to entertain guests in their boudoirs while dressed in comfortable, but concealing gowns and robes. The terms “undress”, “half-dress” and “full-dress” were degrees of formality, not coverage.”

News Corp acquired Thomas Nelson for $200 million. Five years earlier the seller had paid $473 million for Thomas Nelson. “This drastic drop in value appears to be due to the fact that as primarily a print product, even with e-book possibilities, Nelson had lost over 50% of its value.” B&N acquired Sterling Publishing in 2003 for $115 million. “Sterling was a significant publisher with revenues close to $100 million. Over the years, Sterling had developed a backlist of more than 5,000 owned and distributed titles. After an intensive search for a buyer, B&N found there were no acceptable bids. Sterling’s CEO and three executives left the company.” In March 2012, John Wiley & Sons offered for sale units like Frommer’s, CliffsNotes, and Webster’s New World Dictionary.

“It’s not like the agency model had to be shoved down the throats of desperate publishers. They wanted to set their own prices. They just needed Apple’s help to create an alternative store and publishing platform and to push the agency model on Amazon.”

“(a) against an Entity that has filed, maintained, threatened, or voluntarily participated in an intellectual property lawsuit against Assignee or any of Assignee’s users, affiliates, customers, suppliers, or distributors. (An assignee would be Twitter. Their employee would be an inventor.) (b) against an Entity that has filed, maintained, or voluntarily participated in a patent infringement lawsuit against another in the past ten years (emphasis added) so long as the Entity has not instituted the patent infringement lawsuit defensively in response to a patent litigation threat against the Entity; or (c) otherwise to deter a patent litigation threat against Assignee or Assignee’s users, affiliates, customers, suppliers, or distributors. Twitter also promises not to threaten inventors to get consent.”

“The country’s largest digital bookseller has acquired the exclusive North American rights to publish all 14 classic James Bond spy titles by the late Ian Fleming in both print and digital form. The 10-year deal, for books such as “Dr. No” and “Casino Royale,” was struck with a company controlled by Mr. Fleming’s heirs.”

“At the C2E2 ComiXology panel it was confirmed that DC graphic novels are no longer being sold through Kindle Fire’s ComiXology app, and CEO David Steinberger said it was intentional. However the reasons are hidden behind many layers of NDAs. This is all odd because you can certainly still buy DC books via Amazon and their Kindle store. You can purchase tons of DC comics from ComiXology, on the web and their IOS app. Apparently, you just can’t buy DC Comics through the Kindle Fire ComiXology app (we don’t have a Kindle Fire handy to check.) The DC/Kindle Fire exclusive GN marriage was announced with great fanfare and promise, but soon resulted in heartache and acrimony when B&N and Books A Million pulled their DC graphic novels off the shelves in spite. While no one is saying anything at all about this glitch, it probably has some weird technical proprietary cause and isn’t very dramatic at all”

“The appeal of Roberts is simple, says Sarah Wendell, co-founder of the romance-review blog Smart B——-, Trashy Books: “She’s consistent. She’s ubiquitous. Readers know that if they take a Nora Roberts on vacation, they won’t be disappointed.” Many critics haven’t been so kind — when they bother to take notice. Like many romance novels, Roberts’s books are typically overlooked in the mainstream media, and the silence is often more complimentary than the reviews. Writing in the New York Times, Janet Maslin dismissed Roberts’s 2001 novel “The Villa” as an example of “feminine wish fulfillment.” Maureen Corrigan wrote in The Washington Post that Roberts’s 2009 novel “Black Hills” “isn’t much of a suspense story, and the romance is so silly that it isn’t even good fantasy fodder.””


  • The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S * Recommended*
  • The Leopard Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S * Recommended*
  • The Serpent Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S * Recommended*
  • Once Upon A Wicked Night by Jennifer Haymore * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Daring by Dee Davis * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • To Surrender to a Rogue by Cara Elliott * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Love Is in the Heir by Kathryn Caskie * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Pursuit by Elizabeth Jennings * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S * Recommended*
  • That’s Amore by Wendy Markham * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Lady’s Choice by Amanda Scott * $3.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Out of Time by Samantha Graves * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S * Recommended*
  • Stronger than Sin by Caridad Piñeiro * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S