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Adventures In Self-Publishing: Masters of Seduction Paranormal Anthology

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, DECEMBER 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

With our new column Adventures in Self-Publishing, we bring you at look at this ever-expanding market: going in-depth to see what types of titles readers can find, sharing special extended reviews and getting the how-to of self-publishing, straight from authors who are doing it on their own.

Today, Marsha Canham tells us how she and five other fan-favorite authors who have traditionally been print published, decided to release their own e-anthology, Masters of Seduction. Learn how this group of writers came together for the project, why they believe it makes e-book history and how you can get your hands on this new anthology!


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, RT Daily Blog, E-Book, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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Smashwords Helps Literary Agents Adapt To Digital Publishing

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 30, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today marks the last day of NANOWRIMO, and many writers who have worked hard all month long to complete manuscripts are now thinking about their next step: publication. E-book publication continues to be a popular option for both new and established authors, using either digital-only publishers or self-publishing platforms. With the success of this new method of publishing changing the industry quickly, many wonder what will happen to the one of the most important roles in print publishing: the literary agent.

Traditionally, literary agents have acted as the gatekeepers of the publishing industry, ensuring that publishers receive only the best manuscripts from the most talented authors. The “big six” publishers — Random House, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Hachette, Penguin and Simon & Schuster — have relied on literary agents to provide them with quality writing fit for print publication.

But is there room for literary agents in this new e-book era of publishing? Smashwords certainly thinks so. Smashwords, the world’s largest independent e-book publisher, has recently revised their policy in regards to literary agents and has even introduced new services for literary agents, making their role of publishing gatekeeper just as significant in the digital world as it is in the print world.


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Tags: Aspiring Authors, Publishing Industry News, E-Book
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E-books Around The World

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 28, 2011 | PERMALINK

E-books began as a phenomenon in the USA, one that has grown to enormous proportions since the e-reader explosion that took place last winter. We’ve come a long way since Michael S. Hart created what is widely agreed to be the first e-book when he uploaded the Declaration of Independence to a computer at the University of Illinois back in 1971. These days, if you don't have an e-reader (or use e-books) you probably know several people who do. At the beginning of this year online retail giant Amazon announced that e-book sales were up higher than paperback sales. And Americans aren't the only ones getting in on the electronic action; today we are taking a look at the state of the e-book industry around the world.

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CANADA

One year ago this month, in November 2010, debut author Johanna Skibsrud’s The Sentimentalists won Canada’s highest literary honor, The Giller Prize. This went a long way towards legitimizing e-books in the eyes of the public. 


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, E-Book
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Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 | PERMALINK

One of our favorite features of the e-revolution is the sheer amount of books you can pack into such a tiny digital device. But what do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In our new column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee.

Historical Romance

The French Maid by Sabrina Jeffries

Get It For Free >>

 

Contemporary Romance

My Man Pendleton by Elizabeth Bevarly

Get It For Free >>

 

Young Adult

Savor by Megan Duncan

Buy For $.99 >>

         


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, E-Book
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Through The Doors Of The Kindle Owners' Lending Library

BY Whitney Sullivan, NOVEMBER 18, 2011 | PERMALINK

Across the publishing industry, the newest addition to the Amazon family of apps and special programs is causing waves: the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. Earlier this month, Amazon announced that Kindle owners who are also Amazon Prime members will be able to “borrow” books from Amazon free of charge. This has much of the publishing community, from editors to publicists, authors to agents, up in arms. But what does a Kindle Owners' Lending Library membership actually entail and what does a reader think about it?

In terms of what is happening on the industry front, there’s no mistaking the fact that Amazon did a poor job of explaining the program. From not being clear about which books would be included in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library or how the books’ rightsholders would be compensated, there are questions all around. (In some cases books are included from publicists or rightsholders that turned down the opportunity to be included in the program in it’s planning stages a few months ago.) Now there’s talk of boycotting the program and there are rumblings that the entire Lending Library should be pulled from Amazon's site.


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Tags: Publishing Industry News, E-Book
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Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 17, 2011 | PERMALINK

One of our favorite features of the e-revolution is the sheer amount of books you can pack into such a tiny digital device. But what do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In our new column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee.

Historical Romance

The Soldier by Grace Burrowes

Buy For $2.99 >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Love UnExpected by Shelia Goss

Buy For $.99 >>

 

Young Adult

Smokeless Fire by Samantha Young

Buy For $.99 >>

         


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, E-Book
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Los Angeles Times Publishes E-book Based On A Real Crime

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 15, 2011 | PERMALINK

The Los Angeles Times has published their first e-book, A Nightmare Made Real, based on staff writer Christopher Goffard’s popular series of articles about Louis Gonzalez III, a Las Vegas man accused of kidnapping, torturing, and sexually abusing the mother of his child.

Expanded from Goffard's original series of articles, the book provides an in depth look at the investigating detective and the defense teem, a more complete examination of the evidence from the case and also how the author, Goffard, was tipped off about the story. Offering an expansive survey of this gritty murder case, A Nightmare Made Real is ideal for any fan of true crime stories.

This book marks the first in the LA Times’ venture into digital publishing, and the company plans on releasing between eight and ten new titles digitally within the upcoming year. The books will range in length and type, from recipe anthologies to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism.


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Tags: E-Book, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
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We Compare: Nook Tablet Vs. Kindle Fire

BY Elissa Petruzzi, NOVEMBER 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

Your holiday electronics shopping just got a whole lot more interesting, after Barnes & Noble unveiled their Nook Tablet last week. Priced at $249, the Nook Table is slightly more expensive than the Kindle Fire, Amazon's tablet, which retails for $199, but according to reports the Nook Tablet will offer superior battery life and double the storage. 


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Tags: E-Book
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Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 10, 2011 | PERMALINK

One of our favorite features of the e-revolution is the sheer amount of books you can pack into such a tiny digital device. But what do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In our new column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee.

Historical Romance

A Season For Lovet by Blair Bancoft

Buy For $.99 >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Only Us by Susan Mallery

Buy For $1.59 >>

 

Young Adult

Shattered by Sophia Sharp

Buy For $.99 >>

         


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, E-Book
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Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 03, 2011 | PERMALINK

One of our favorite features of the e-revolution is the sheer amount of books you can pack into such a tiny digital device. But what do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In our new column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee.

Historical Romance

Simmer All Night by Geralyn Dawson

Get It For Free >>

 

Contemporary Romance

Touching Lace by Anne Rainey

Get It For Free >>

 

Young Adult

Hollowland by Amanda Hocking

Get It For Free >>

         


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Tags: RT Daily Blog, E-Book
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