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Ravenous Romance To Get Sister-Imprint Ravenous Shadows — With Giveaway!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 09, 2012 | PERMALINK

Mystery fans will be very excited to hear that there will soon be a new line of mysteries, thrillers and horror stories from the team at Literary Partners Group. Titled Ravenous Shadows, this new imprint is headed by John Skipp, the New York Times bestselling author and editor who has spent much of his career working in horror and fantasy.

The just-launched Ravenous Shadows line features e-books that are between 30,000 and 60,000 words long. They are also priced accordingly, and will cost readers between $3.99 and $6.99. Eventually the Skipp’s goal is to publish between thirty and forty stories each year.

Ravenous Shadows is Literary Partners second digital imprint. In 2008 Ravenous Romance, an erotica audio and e-book line, debuted to great success. This prompted the company to branch into other genres. CEO Holly Schmidt said in the press release about the move, “It was always our plan to expand our business model to other fiction genres, and when we had the opportunity to work with John Skipp, we decided to start with horror/mystery/thrillers … Skipp provided us with a clear vision and strong point of view for the line, and really is the heart and soul of Ravenous Shadows.”


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Rumor Has It: Will Amazon Be Opening Brick And Mortar Stores?

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, FEBRUARY 07, 2012 | PERMALINK

Word on the street is that the Internet giant Amazon is going … concrete. That’s right, the retail company that got us all used to shopping online will possibly be moving “off-line.”

Amazon is reportedly going to open a boutique-like bookstore in Seattle where they are based, says Good E-Reader blog. But don’t expect this to be a bookstore a la Barnes & Noble or the ghost of Borders past. Instead this will be a smaller, “boutique” buying experience. The new store is expected stock all of the Amazon e-readers, device accessories and the books released from Amazon’s exclusive publishing lines such as Montelake Romance, Thomas & Mercer and 47North.


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Is The Self-Publishing Phenomenon Going To Burst?

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 31, 2012 | PERMALINK

In this age of unbridled optimism about digital self-publishing, there doesn't seem to be many voices suggesting that this revolution is anything but completely positive. However, some new objectors have begun emerging to relay messages of caution.

Earlier this week in The Guardian author Ewan Morrison had a major warning for self-publishing authors. In the article, Morrison compared the current flourishing climate of self-publishing to economist Hyman Minsky’s seven stages in an economic bubble. And it is hard to deny that Morrison makes a very compelling case.

We are certainly in an e-book flood right now. (According to Publishers Weekly in 2011 print sales declined by 54.3% but e-books climbed by almost 140%.) And just a quick look online shows that self-publishing e-books is an incredibly popular topic of conversation. Even a glance at the rise of e-book and self-publishing coverage here at RT BOOK REVIEWS confirms that digital publishing is something our readers can’t get enough of.


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The 2012 Edgar Award Nominees Are Announced!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 24, 2012 | PERMALINK

Congratulations to The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thrillers of our Time by Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer and John-Henri Holmberg and The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. Both of these 2011 books are among the titles nominated for a 2012 Edgar Allen Poe Award.

The 2012 Edgars, as they are informally called, are selected by Mystery Writers of America. The winners will be announced this Spring at the 66th annual banquet. This year’s Edgar Awards Grand Master is bestselling author Martha Grimes.

RT featured The Tattooed Girl in the September 2011 issue, as that month’s non-fic pick. The book is an unauthorized but incredibly in-depth guide to all things Stieg Larsson and his series. In the September issue, RT’s Managing Editor Liz French interviewed Dan Burstein, one of the book’s co-authors. He gave us a look inside the non-fic work and what inspired its creation ...


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Grand Central Publishing Launches Forever Romance Digital Imprint

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 23, 2012 | PERMALINK

Ladies and gentlemen, make space on your e-readers. Grand Central Publishing will kick off their new line of digital books in February. The imprint, Forever Yours, will be made up of new titles and books from the backlist of the company’s popular romance line, Forever. The new program will be similar to the Berkley/NAL just-launched InterMix e-imprint.

Forever’s editorial director Amy Pierpont, will head the new imprint. Publisher’s Weekly reported that Pierpont said of the new endeavor, “With the growth of the e-book market, and the success of romance e-books, which always top the e-book bestseller charts, this is a tremendous opportunity for authors and readers.”


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The Internet Goes On Strike: SOPA And What It Means For Readers

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 18, 2012 | PERMALINK

No, the Internet isn’t broken and your connection is fine, but it is true that a number of popular websites are not working today. And yes, this is deliberate. As of this morning, several sites, including Wikipedia, Wordpress, reddit, and TwitPic, are taking part in a strike to mark their opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (or SOPA). The strike will last until tonight.

SOPA is a bill that is currently moving through Congress. It’s an anti-piracy measure that will extend the U.S. Government’s law into cyberspace, allowing the government to block certain sites that they believe violate or infringe upon intellectual property rights. SOPA and its corresponding bill in the Senate, the Protect IP Act (PIPA), are intended to help preserve the copyright of intellectual property. 

SOPA has both its supporters and its naysayers. It’s a difficult subject because this legislation will have to walk the line between protecting people — such as writers, musicians and actors whose works are being pirated — and respecting Freedom of Speech which is protected by the First Amendment.

The Issue: Protecting Intellectual Property Online 


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Kindle Lending Library Plus Kindle Digital Publishing Selects Program Equals Happy Readers And Writers

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 17, 2012 | PERMALINK

Readers and writers alike seem to be very pleased with Amazon’s two most recent initiatives, the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and the Kindle Digital Publishing platform's Selects program. The online retailer launched their lending library back in November, which met with some industry resistance as authors and publishers were concerned about the program’s scope. However, since the integration of their new Kindle Digital Publishing platform's lending capabilities, which took place in early December, the program's positives appear to outweigh the negatives. 

The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL) is open to any Amazon Prime member that also has a Kindle; it gives that customer the ability to rent one participating e-book per month, with no “due date”. Shortly after rolling out the new easy-to-use Kindle Digital Publishing platform, the Internet giant Amazon announced that if KDP’s indie authors or publishers opt to sell their digital books as Kindle-exclusive for approximately three months, they would be rewarded. These authors and publishers would be able to get a cut of Amazon’s dedicated $6 million dollars set aside for the KDP Select program. 


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Plagiarism Plagues Self-Publishing

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 13, 2012 | PERMALINK

Self-pubbing has really taken off in the last year. Now more than ever, there are some great opportunities for authors who are interested in being their own publisher. It can be incredibly rewarding — and not just for an author’s sense of achievement, career and bank account. Self-publishing is the perfect way to release works that might not fit into traditional genres or conventions. (Readers also clearly benefit from this trend, as the result is more content and often at better prices with a shorter lead time between when a book is announced and when it becomes available.) 

Here at RT, we have closely been following the self-publishing trend and we have a lot of respect for this new opportunity available to writers. We are even hosting a Self-Publishing and E-Books Track at the upcoming RT Booklovers Convention in Chicago that will focus on the keys to success in this new arena. 


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The Future Of Digital Book Rights Hangs In The Balance

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 11, 2012 | PERMALINK

There’s an important lawsuit looming that will mean big changes in the publishing industry as a traditional publisher faces off against a young “new media” house. In late December, HarperCollins filed a copyright lawsuit against Open Road Media stating that the new publisher is infringing on HarperCollins' rights by e-publishing Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George. This case is the first of its kind. All eyes are on this suit as it may determine the precedent for digital copyright ownership for the foreseeable future.

HarperCollins’ suit states that the publisher’s contract with George gives HarperCollins the exclusive right to publish the classic “in book form”. But what makes the situation more interesting is that the contract, which was signed in 1971, includes the line that HarperCollins' control of the book covers any format of the work “through computer, computer-stored, mechanical or electronic means now known or hereafter invented.” 


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Smashwords' CEO Mark Coker's Year-End Report Reflects On Self-Publishing In 2011

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JANUARY 09, 2012 | PERMALINK

On Friday, we took a look at mainstream publishing’s figures for 2011, including the book deals that were made by publishers and consumer book buying habits. But this didn't account for the changes that took place in the arena of self-publishing during 2011. For an idea of some of the ongoing trends, today we are taking a look at Smashwords’ sales figures and changes for the past year. 

Smashwords.com is one of the top publishing platforms for authors looking to self-publish or release their works outside of the avenues offered by mainstream publishers like New York City’s big six. This year Smashwords has grown exponentially, and by taking a look at some of the ways they’ve improved according to the company’s founder and CEO Mark Coker’s year in review post, it’s no wonder that self-publishing is taking such a bite out of the publishing pie. 


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