Bye-bye $9.99 e-books and Hello, Reality Romance

You may recall that last week, MacMillan fought Amazon, and MacMillan won, over the $9.99 pricing of their books on the Kindle.  Hachette and HarperCollins joined the fray.  The impetus for this was the launch of the iPad.  Steve Jobs suggested that publishers charge $12.99 to $14.99 for hardcovers or set their own price. Gizmodo posits that the other two major publishers, Penguin and Simon & Schuster, will go the same way, as the $9.99 price for books that was meant to create a big market for the Kindle. 

In other book news, it may seem counterintuitive, but HCI Books this week announced a new imprint, Vows, that links romance novels with reality.  So much for long-haired, bare chested hunks rising up out of the waves with a bosom heaving half clad damsel in his arms.  GalleyCat  reports that this new genre, RB (reality based) Romance will pair romance writers with actual couples.  It’s like turning the wedding column of your local newspaper into a steamy story.  So you can no longer look at your own life in comparison and think “That stuff never happens – really”, because yes it does – really.  And the writing style?  The first book is due out this year, a story of romance in New York, and here’s the description:

“New York lobbyist Michael Davoli feels like he’s been sucker punched when he meets Anne Miller at a concert … Michael falls hard … But while Mike effortlessly holds her with his gaze, he withholds the embrace she longs for … he finally confesses that he suffers from a neurological disorder that he’s learned to disguise from others but could keep him from ever holding her through the night–she makes a choice that changes the rest of her life. Anne isn’t about to let anything like Tourette’s Syndrome keep her from the man of her dreams … Hard to Hold is a modern day fairy tale that proves that the best things in life–and in romance–are real.”

Happy Valentine’s Day.



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