Big news of the day: Penguin has a digital-first imprint named InterMix which will launch in January 2012 with Nora Roberts backlist books previously published by Silhouette. From the press release:
InterMix will launch in January 2012 with the release of eleven classic books from Nora Roberts—titles that have never before been available as eBooks, including such popular series as Cordina’s Royal Family and The Donovan Legacy and several novels featuring fan favorites the O’Hurleys. Additional Nora Roberts eBooks will be published throughout 2012, with the second group—including seven of Roberts’s beloved novels about the MacGregor family—available in April.
President Leslie Gelbman is also quoted saying, “we’re not ruling out the possibility that some InterMix authors will join Berkley/NAL’s vibrant print publishing program.”
InterMix will also be reviving the Signet Regency line with books that have not previously been available as ebooks.
The press release doesn’t announce any pricing figures, however.
So place your bets: what do you think the price range will be for the digital re-releases and new books?
ETA! I have confirmation from Craig Burke, Director of Publicity, that the print price for the January Nora Roberts titles will be $6.99. The complete list of titles are Skin Deep, Without a Trace, Dance to the Piper, Captivated, Entranced, Charmed, Enchanted, Affaire Royale, Command Performance, The Playboy Prince, and Cordina’s Crown Jewel. These are from the O’Hurleys, Donovan Legacy, and Cordina’s Royal Family series.
Reader Nicolette spotted something cool in the Dictionary.com word of the day on Monday: check out that citation for use of the word “dorsal.”
I wonder who over at Dictionary.com is reading Zoe Archer’s novels? HOW COOL IS THAT?
In the not-awesome news, be ye ware of Aspen Mountain Press, whose owner has been accused of ignoring or communicating inappropriately with authors about monies owed. I thought we did the whole irresponsible-e-press thing a few times already.
Similarly, there’s also not-awesome news from author Doranna Durgin who reports a battle with publisher Fitzhenry & Whiteside, and details the steps she’s taken to remedy her grievance with the publisher. I am guessing that going public was a step of last resort.
Of note: SFWA has a “GriefCom” to mediate disputes? Wow. I had no idea.
And finally, the Guardian has a really cool contest for UK folks: watch a video of paper art revealing the first lines of famous books and name them all for a chance to win a Kindle and all six titles. The video is beautiful and clever, too:
Alas, the contest part is not open to folks outside the UK (turnabout is fair play, after all!). I think I guessed 4 of the six correctly – what about you?
ETAII: My new column at Kirkus is up, and I’m talking about the buffet of plenty facing romance readers right now.