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Tuesday News & Deals: Harry Potter Digital Goes to the Library; Major Corps Reverse Directions; More Paypal News

Tuesday News & Deals: Harry Potter Digital Goes to the Library;...

News

I have a lot of news today so I will try to be short. Pithy.

Harry Potter digital books will be sourced through Overdrive and available for lending for five years. At that time, the libraries will need to repurchase the digital copies. Source: Library Journal


Google decided to kick out affiliates that weren’t making any money. That included me, but I didn’t care because I don’t think I made one Google sale but then again, I don’t recall putting up an actual Google affiliate link. Does anyone actually use it? I guess some indie bookstores did and they got kicked out and were steamed. Google reversed itself yesterday. Source: PW

Elsevier is a major research publisher, possibly the largest scholarly publisher. It supported the Research Works Act which would reduce public access to scholarly works even if the works were, in part, publicly funded Many noted scholars did not like this and began to boycott, stating that they would refuse to publish with an Elsevier arm. Under pressure, Elsevier reversed its position, pulled its support from the RWA, and now, like magic, the bill is no longer under consideration having been pulled by its sponsors. Source: Alexander Howard’s Google+ Post.


This Publisher’s Marketplace article may shed some light on Amazon’s shenanigans. Perseus Books Group and National Book Network (NBN) have agreed to pay a 3% coop fee which essentially goes towards promoting their books on the internet shelf. There is also an increased fee for ebook conversion if a publishing house can’t manage to create its own digital book files. (Hint, move to an XML workflow)


Digital books make up a fifth of sales for Penguin and 12 percent globally for Pearson. Source: Paid Content Pearson made $3 billion from digital revenue last year, which, according to 2010 comparison, means that it accounts for nearly a third of all revenue.

Following the pattern set earlier this month by Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group reported a slight decline in total revenue for 2011, but an increase in earnings. On a reported basis, sales fell 1%, to £1.04 billion, but adjusted operating profit rose 5%, to £111 million. The increase was led by Penguin Group USA which had increases in sales, profits and operating margins.

Source: PW


Print sales down, ebook sales up. I should just copy and paste this every month. According to the AAP statistics, for December ebook sales were up 72.1% and mass market sales were down 40.9%, trade paperback sales down 11.9% and hardcovers down 11.8%. Part of the mass market decline could be reflected in the increase in children/YA titles up 12.3%. Anyone who has visited the bookstore or grocery store of late can see YA titles taking up shelf space that used to be dominated by mass market romance titles. Source: MediaBistro


I’m not sure if this is good for international readers or not. (I’m going with not) Kristin Nelson reports that she isn’t selling as many rights to UK market. Instead the UK booksellers are buying US stock and reselling it. Sometimes that means that authors are creating digital editions and self publishing it abroad, but it also means reduced access to books for international readers. Gah, so frustrating.


Goodreads put together a post on how publishers and authors can get their books in front of readers. One of the ways is to get a book on a list. I’ve definitely used lists in the past.


Samhain is no longer using Paypal to pay authors. I was told that it is because of the increased transactional cost to use a third party payment processor instead of just cutting direct checks. This is not related to any Paypal crackdown but an internal business decision. Authors who live abroad are upset about this because of the bank fees that are incurred by cashing a US check in a bank overseas. In some cases, if the royalty check is small, the bank fees could eat the entire amount. Some authors are looking into opening U.S. bank accounts or other alternatives to accepting a US check and having to cash it out overseas. Any suggestions?


Deals

Refurbished Kindle Fires for $169

This is a self published book and I have no idea if it is any good but through a series of emails and misunderstandings based upon my ineptitude, I felt like I should post the deal:

  • The Memory of You by Laurie Kellogg * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S

Elizabeth Lowell’s Only Series

  • Winter Fire by Elizabeth Lowell * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Only His by Elizabeth Lowell * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Only Mine by Elizabeth Lowell * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Only You by Elizabeth Lowell * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Autumn Lover by Elizabeth Lowell * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S

Hachette * Forever/Orbit

  • Dark Deceptions by Dee Davis * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Shadow Play by Erin Kellison * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Going Cowboy Crazy by Katie Lane * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • A Madness of Angels: Or The Resurrection of Matthew Swift by Kate Griffin * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S

Kensington (most are older debut titles)

Preorder specials:

  • Shadow Play by Erin Kellison * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Duchess of Love by Sally MacKenzie * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
Mostly debut titles from Kensington:
  • The Highlander’s Bride by Michele Sinclair * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Tangled Hearts by Phoebe Conn * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Duchess of Love by Sally MacKenzie * $1.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Every Night I’m Yours by Christie Kelley * $2.39 * A | BN | K | S
  • His Captive by Diana Cosby * $2.39 * A | BN | K | S
  • To Tempt A Scotsman by Victoria Dahl * $2.39 * A | BN | K | S
  • Nothing But Scandal by Allegra Gray * $2.42 * A | BN | K | S
  • What a Scoundrel Wants by Carrie Lofty * $2.42 * A | BN | K | S
  • Mistress of Pleasure by Delilah Marvelle * $2.42 * A | BN | K | S
  • Spy Candy by Gina Robinson * $2.42 * A | BN | K | S
  • One Real Cowboy by Janette Kenny * $2.42 * A | BN | K | S
  • Secrets of a Duchess by Kaitlin O’Riley * $2.42 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Conqueror by Kris Kennedy * $2.42 * A | BN | K | S
  • Falling in Love by Pauline Trent * $2.42 * A | BN | K | S
  • Too Hot for a Spy by Pearl Wolf * $2.42 * A | BN | K | S
  • My Wicked Pirate by Rona Sharon * $2.42 * A | BN | K | S
  • Midnight Eyes by Sarah Brophy * $2.42 * A | BN | K | S
  • Renegade by Sarah Parr * $2.42 * A | BN | K | S
  • Risk Everything by Sophia Johnson * $2.42 * A | BN | K | S
  • Passionate by Anthea Lawson * $2.51 * A | BN | K | S
  • Project Daddy by Kate Perry * $2.51 * A | BN | K | S
  • A Knight’s Vow by Lindsay Townsend * $2.51 * A | BN | K | S
  • Lost in You by Alix Rickloff * $2.55 * A | BN | K | S
  • Lord Sin by Kalen Hughes * $2.55 * A | BN | K | S
  • Mastering the Marquess by Vanessa Kelly * $2.55 * A | BN | K | S
  • Ghost of a Chance by Flo Fitzpatrick * $2.58 * A | BN | K | S
  • Somebody Wonderful by Kate Rothwell * $2.58 * A | BN | K | S
  • Realm of Shadows by Shannon Drake * $2.58 * A | BN | K | S
  • Dark Whispers by Samantha Garver * $2.69 * A | BN | K | S
  • His Conquest by Diana Cosby * $2.87 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Highlander by Heather Grothaus * $2.87 * A | BN | K | S
  • Highland Dragon by Kimberly Killion * $2.87 * A | BN | K | S
  • One Week as Lovers by Victoria Dahl * $2.87 * A | BN | K | S
  • A Rake’s Guide to Pleasure by Victoria Dahl * $2.87 * A | BN | K | S
  • Every Move She Makes by Beverly Barton * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • As Good as Dead by Beverly Barton * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Fifth Victim by Beverly Barton * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Sinful Surrender by Beverly Kendall * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • What a Gentleman Wants by Caroline Linden * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Lipstick and Leather by Cheyenne McCray * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Silk and Spurs by Cheyenne McCray * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Every Time We Kiss by Christie Kelley * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Lord of the Isles by Debbie Mazzuca * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • The Guest List by Fern Michaels * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Beauty and the Beast by Hannah Howell * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Highland Captive by Hannah Howell * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Lord Scandal by Kalen Hughes * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • Truth or Dare by Lori Foster * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
  • To Wed a Highlander by Michele Sinclair * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S
REVIEW: Claustrophobic Christmas by Ellie Marvel

REVIEW: Claustrophobic Christmas by Ellie Marvel

Dear Ms. Marvel,

Why did I decide to try your novella? It sounded cute, it has a sorta Christmas-y theme, and …..well, that’s it, actually. Yes, I know it’s now after Christmas but it’s still the Holiday Season so I figure I’m still good. Right?

Claustrophobic Christmas	Ellie Marvel Darcy Burkell and James Jones grew up together but both escaped their small Tennessee hometown. She now runs a travel agency while he’s a photographer. Six months ago, Darcy’s brother Chip hooked them up professionally and since then, James has done what he loves – traveling far and wide taking gorgeous photos which Darcy now uses in her travel brochures. The day before Darcy was planning to begin her drive home for the Holidays, James unexpectedly shows up and offers to drive with her. To Darcy, it was an “out of the blue” offer while to James it was the natural progression in the relationship he thought they were forging.

But Darcy’s got two issues that cause her to turn him down flat. One: She doesn’t like surprises and this one floors her. Two: She’s got claustrophobia – bad, bad claustrophobia and she doesn’t want James to find out because then he’ll pity her plus she knows there’s no hope of any relationship between them since he loves to travel and her traveling is limited to car rides with lots of pit stops.

Thus they find themselves on the same road home at the same time with the Weather Channel predicting a record snowfall/ice storm for the region. When the inevitable happens and traffic grinds to a halt on the now iced over Interstate parking lot, will these two find a way to stay warm without running car engines and using up gasoline? And what will James do when he discovers the real reason Darcy doesn’t want to date him?

I’m glad I read this book for a couple of reasons. I have this thing about the first book I read/finish in the new year. If it’s good, I take it as a positive sign for the year to come and for me this is a B+. So far, so good. Secondly, it’s funny. Darcy ogling James at the rest stop is funny, Darcy spilling jelly beans all over her car and in her bra is funny. Darcy and James’s truck rocking being interrupted by kindly, good Samaritans is hysterical. And the post Holiday scenes at both the Jones and Burkell households are family dynamics at their best – or worst, as the case may be.

The conflict between James and Darcy is certainly different, or at least I’ve never read it before. At first I thought Darcy was not giving James any benefit of the doubt but then the explanation of her past relationships illuminated her thought processes. James does seem to jump the gun about dating Darcy, and my, his family gets the bit between their collective teeth and runs with it, but I guess that just shows how much he cares for her in his guy way while maybe his family really wants to marry him off.

I did worry a bit when it appeared that James was going to try and force/strong arm/guilt Darcy into changing but she stands up for herself and James snaps out of his idiocy/thoughtlessness. And his apology was nicely done and neatly delivered. Although I’m not generally a fan of epilogues, this one is a beauty and ends the story delightfully. Yes, thanks to “Claustrophobic Christmas” I’m off to a good beginning for 2012. B+

~Jayne

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