There’s always something happening on the Internet. It’s so cool that way.
First up: Paul Biba, my fellow Jersey-an, has an interview with Susan Edwards, COO of Ellora’s Cave, about their new direct-to-consumer eReader that will debut at RomantiCon in September.
A branded version of a device that, according to Paul, is very similar to devices from Russian companies Digma and Prology, the EC reader will come stocked with short stories, and will be sold at the convention. They haven’t set a price.
Best part: It vibrates.
You mentioned a “vibrating key” functionality. What!?
SE: It’s a tactile feedback function, like the clicking sound you get when you tap keys. We chose the vibration rather than the usual click mostly just for fun. We are, after all, primarily an erotic romance publisher, and we like to have fun with that, so we often inject a note of fun around the sexuality of our content.
Graceful curtsey to Amy Wilkins for tweeting the link.
Mazel tov and Hot Damn to Loretta Chase and the team at Avon. This week, nearing the end of the month that Lord of Scoundrels (BN | Kindle | Kobo) was put on sale as a .99c ebook, this book hit the New York Times ebook list at #8 – a full sixteen years after it was originally published. This is a perfect storm of awesome in my opinion: a romance classic attractively priced for both new readers and those who want the “convenience copy” available for reading whenever a reader wants it – to say nothing of gifting the book to friends to make them read it!
A long time ago, this was one of the novels I gave to math professor and romance-doubter DocTurtle, who reviewed it for us chapter by chapter. To quote DocTurtle: “the book is pretty much a big ol’ loaf of awesome smothered in a rich awesome sauce.”
Graceful Curtsey and a big martini to Pam Jaffee, who tweeted about the good news. Extra strong martini, at that.
(NB: if you’re not foliowing Pam on Twitter, she’s awesome. She’s the Mastermind and Headmistress of Publicity for Avon, but her tweetstream is friendly and real and not 100% promo all the time. Plus she’s a big fan of romance, which is always fun.)