BOOKMARKED is the name we gave to our paper.li journal, but since not everyone is on Twitter and not everyone on Twitter likes paper.li, this is an adhoc round-up on the blog highlighting links and news that might be of interest.
Book Thingo on Bubbly
One day I’ll finally manage to put up the audio recordings we made at GenreCon 2012 (I know, I know) and RWAus 2013, but in the meantime, we now have an account on Bubbly.net. You can find us at bubbly.net/BookThingo and it probably won’t surprise you to know that the first post is all about killing fairies. I’m pretty excited to see if audio mini-blogging will take off in the book world.
Destiny Romance to publish chicklit
On Valentine’s Day, Destiny is launching a line of chicklit titles, with more titles to come later in the year. It doesn’t look like the line will have its own name, so I’ll be interested to see how far out of the romance genre these books will go. I’m assuming the HEA stays, no matter what (there will be much genre confusion otherwise!). The three launch titles are:
- Three’s A Crowd by Edwina Darke (Booktopia | Amazon | iTunes AU)
- Irrepressible You by Georgina Penney (Booktopia | Amazon | iTunes AU)
- Tweethearts by Nicole Haddow (Booktopia | Amazon | iTunes AU)
You can find more info and the blurbs for each book in the Penguin press release.
Galaxy paranormal romance book club
The next paranormal romance book club at Galaxy will be on this Thursday from 6.30pm. Nibbles and drinks provided, but please let them know you’re coming. You can find contact details here.
Dear Author gets a new look
If you haven’t been to Dear Author lately, check out their new design!
Where to buy ebooks in Australia
Fancy Goods has a great round-up of all the new entrants to the ebook market in Australia in 2013. No links, though, so you’ll have to Google them yourself. :D
2014 is the year of reading women
So says The Guardian. It’s always nice when Americans catch up with us, and you can track reviews by using the hashtag #readwomen2014. You’ll remember that Elizabeth Lhuede and a team of bloggers have been running and supporting the Australian Women Writers Challenge since 2012. You can find the latest round-up of romance reviews here, written by one of the first Australian book bloggers I discovered, Marg from The Intrepid Reader. You can track the conversation on Twitter using #aww2014.
Prediction: Mergers and acquisitions in publishing
Forbes predicts that the book industry will undergo further mergers and acquisitions due to: start-ups seeking capitalisation; growth or decline due to ebooks; disruption in the illustrated book market; scale; and diversification to find new revenue streams. The article links to Digital Book World’s own predictions for the year, which includes Barnes & Noble cutting its losses with the Nook or selling it off.