Simon&Schuster and Harlequin are experimenting with an early release digital program whereby readers can buy the ebook version of a print book a month in advance. What’s more is that these ebooks are often sold at a discount. Simon & Schuster sells its ebooks at 35% off the cover price ... more >
Harlequin has invested quite a bit of money in its e-ventures and with its declining profits reported last month, perhaps its digital ventures can help right the ship. A reader can now get instant gratification for the April books that Harlequin is offering in e format. This definitely one-ups Simon ... more >
While retail sales increased for Harlequin C$9.9M, direct to consumer sales declined by C$5.7M compared to 2005. According to Tor, the decrease in direct sales were the result of the bankrupty of a supplier, lowering shipments. The number of books shipped was about 131 M. Harlequin includes to “invest in ... more >
Is it piling on to say that maybe time spent with a focus group on what romance readers really want may reverse this downward trend? Harlequin’s revenues were down $3.2 million in the first quarter excluding the impact of foreign exchange.
Part Two of the three part series on promises in romance. Part One was the delivery of promises and Part Two is about the promise itself. Part Three is about the breaking of promises or what I like to think of as When Good Authors Go Bad. Branding is an ... more >
See how well controversy sells? Reader Jaine (not her real name as we require all contributors to have a “J” name) bought the book and offered up a review for Dear Author. Currently, Highland Fling is No. 8 on the Fictionwise Romance Bestseller List. Dear Ms. LaBrecque: You know those ... more >