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BookExpo America 2013: Workshops, Signings, Parties And More!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 06, 2013 | PERMALINK

Last week BookExpo America, the largest annual book trade fair in the U.S., hit New York City. The RT staff braved the crowds of bloggers, authors, readers and publishers that packed into the Javits Center to attend industry events and discuss the future of publishing. And what was on everyone's mind? Lots and lots of e-talk — digital formats are more popular than ever before — and the Young Adult genre. However, the conference wasn't all business. We also took time for some late night fun at parties where we mingled with authors, editors and more. Next week we will bring you an insider look at several events, but first, check out some photos we snapped at BEA 2013.

Workshops about social networking, digital formats and industry trends were packed. 

 

Mary Higgins Clark signed her newest book chatted with readers. 

 


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Amazon's Kindle Worlds Allows Fan Fiction Writers To (Legally) Sell Their Work

BY Cyndy Aleo, MAY 22, 2013 | PERMALINK

Amazon has some big news for fan fiction authors and readers alike this morning, announcing the launch of Kindle Worlds.

The e-commerce company's latest project is an online platform for fan fiction authors (writers who use characters or settings created by someone other then themselves) to publish — and sell — their creations. On Kindle Worlds, these new works will be licensed, with profits shared by the fan fiction authors and original creators.

The launch is specific to certain fandoms — Warner Brothers Television Group's Alloy Entertainment division's Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, and Pretty Little Liars. While these franchises are all teen focused, Amazon anticipates adding more licenses "soon" so perhaps we will get adult centered worlds. 


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The Numbers Are In: 2012 Was A Good Year In Publishing

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 17, 2013 | PERMALINK
The Association of American Publishers has just released the final numbers for last year’s book sales and it is official that 2012 was a profitable year for publishers. Despite a disappointing holiday season — sales were down by 13% when compared to December 2011 — overall book sales climbed.

According to a recent report from Publishers Marketplace, trade sales rose by $451 million in 2012 to end the year at a hefty $6.5 billion in total sales. The 7.4% increase from 2011 was attributed to two blockbuster series — Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James and the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

To show just how much James’ popular books contributed to the industry’s total earnings, PM did an “extrapolation from Random House’s reported sales” to find that the erotic romance trilogy earned an estimated $263 million in 2012 which made up over 5% of adult trade sales for the entire year! And even though it was first published between 2008 and 2010, Hunger Games has proven that it has staying power. This YA series accounted for roughly 9.5% of all children’s book sales in 2012.   


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The Bestselling E-books Of 2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 25, 2013 | PERMALINK

According to a recent Publisher's Weekly report, e-book sales reached an all-time high in 2012, thanks to a popular erotic romance trilogy you may have heard of. The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy sold more than 15 million digital copies (a combined number for all three individual books, not including the trilogy bundle, which sold 850,000+ copies), surpassing the next digital bestseller by a tremendous amount.

Gillian Flynn's suspense Gone Girl sold more than 1 million copies, which is hardly surprising given the book's popularity. What is surprising, however, is that the book's digital sales surpassed print sales, which was reported to be approximately 900,000 copies.

Coming in just behind Gone Girl and the Fifty Shades books are Sylvia Day's first two Crossfire books, Bared to You and Reflected in You, which sold more than 850,000 and 500,000 digital copies, respectively. This clearly indicates that last year's erotic romance boom was filled with titles best enjoyed behind the privacy of e-readers.


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Meet Me In Massachusetts At The NEC-RWA Conference This April

BY Morgan Doremus, MARCH 21, 2013 | PERMALINK

The New England Chapter of the Romance Writers Of America has invited me to its 2013 Let Your Imagination Take Flight Conference in Burlington, MA! Which means on April 26 and 27th I am going to be attending workshops, a luncheon, master classes and more. (Not to mention staking out some awesome giveaways!)

Looking over the conference agenda, I already know the highlights for me — the Friday dinner followed by a dessert buffet and scavenger hunt featuring keynote speaker Zoë Archer. I can’t wait to check out Zoë’s fun boots (she has the best taste in footwear) and an amazing publishing career that spans futuristic to historical romances with — you guessed it — fearless heroines with great boots! (And if we are lucky, perhaps Zoë’s husband, sci fi romance author Nico Rosso, will also take the stage to give us some inside deets on the couple’s writing habits.)


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Harlequin And Cosmo Team Up To Launch New E-book Line - With Sylvia Day!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 12, 2013 | PERMALINK

BLOG UPDATE 3/12/13: Harlequin has just signed NYT bestselling author Sylvia Day in a two-book deal to launch their Cosmo Red Hot Reads line. Author of the popular Crossfire series, an erotic romance trilogy about an emotionally closed-off billionaire and the feisty young heroine who steals his heart, Day will be penning Afterburn (releasing August 15) and Aftershock (releasing November 15) for Harlequin's new digital imprint. We also got word that the books will be prices at $3.99 each. According to Day in a Harlequin press release, the books will star "fun, fearless Cosmopolitan-type heroines as well as delicious, dangerous heroes." If they're as delicious as Gideon Crossfire, we can't wait! 

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Breaking News: Grand Central Publishing Is Expanding Its Romance Imprints

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 21, 2013 | PERMALINK

Exciting news for romance readers: Today publisher Grand Central announced that it is expanding its romance imprint, Forever, and digital romance imprint, Forever Yours. While the average yearly output for Forever has been around 60 books a year, this new initiative will increase that number to 120 titles in 2013 and 190 titles in 2014!


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Bring On The Usual Suspects: Top Sellers In 2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 21, 2013 | PERMALINK
E.L. James

With over 6.3 million units sold, E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey is officially the bestselling book of 2012. Thanks to Nielsen BookScan, publishing insiders are able to put definitive numbers on last year’s book sales and author James’ has a lot to celebrate. Nielsen shows that not only was the erotic series starter the bestselling adult fiction title of the year, but the rest of the trilogy filled the top of the list with Fifty Shades Darker at #2 with 3.8 million units sold, Fifty Shades Freed at #3 with 3.4 million units sold and the Fifty Shades Trilogy Box Set sitting pretty at #4.


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A New Study Reveals Trends In Digital Reading

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 03, 2013 | PERMALINK

A study recently released by the Pew Research Center shows that the number of Americans using e-readers is growing.

Okay, while this may not be breaking news, the study does have some interesting facts about digital readers. Pew reports that in 2012, 23% of Americans aged 16 and older have read an e-book. This number has increased from the previous year when only 16% of those surveyed received their material digitally.

Along with the increase of e-book readers, the number of devices purchased has also grown. In late 2011, only 18% of those surveyed owned a reading device such as a Kindle, Nook or iPad. In 2012 this percentage increased to 33%.

The study also breaks down the average digital reader. While men previously made up more of the e-reading public, in the past 12 months, women have officially become the biggest consumers of e-books. As for educational backgrounds, readers with a college or graduate degree are the most likely to download an e-book. Furthermore, these digital readers generally live in a household earning more than $75,000 a year. And the age group that makes up the majority of e-book readers — that would be people between 30 and 49.

The Pew study not only investigated trends in e-reading, but it also collected research on the number of books, both print and digital, that the people surveyed had read during the previous 12 months. The following is the breakdown of the number of books read by participants that identified themselves as readers:


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Amazon's Bestselling Books Of 2012

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 17, 2012 | PERMALINK

Amazon, the world's largest book seller, has just announced it's lists of the bestselling books of 2012 in print and e-book formats.

It should come to no surprise that readers continue to flock to E.L. James and her Fifty Shades trilogy. This year it is the series finale, Fifty Shades Freed, that earns the top spot on the bestseller list. And James makes a second appearance in the top ten with her Fifty Shades Boxed Set hitting number three.  


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