When BN.com admin Jon_B yesterday reported here @ UB he'd busted out his new iPhone 3G eReading gear, I knew I'd finally hit
middle age. See, a few years back when I
was working to get some folks in the industry jazzed about digital, I'd jump a
little schticky, pull out my cell and exclaim, "See this? This is how kids are gonna' be reading books
in a couple years. Let's get on board now, at least by buying into Internet!"
Which now makes me officially, well, validated , I guess -- and feeling older but totally jazzed. ‘Cause what better way to grab all the love story you can handle than on eGear? For fans of romance eBooks heading to BN.com's new big-in-all-ways eBooks store - and news of this spread far and wide yesterday - you'll be happy to know you can find some direct-to-digital selections, at this point, mostly from loose i.d. .(Above, left). And with 700,000 titles, the new edigs is sure to carry at least some of your fave romance titles - including a couple Austen gratis when you download certain eReader gear.
This news makes me hopeful, especially as ePubbed authors work to get their books into the hands of more romance fans. At last week's national conference of Romance Writers of America (RWA), those authors worked to help RWA offer them full membership benefits, to some small successes. But to my way of thinking, one of the biggest success stories at RWA National - yes, my RITA shoes were a hit, thanks for asking - was news of "Heart to Heart" (H2H), BN.com's new all-romance fiction blog.
Scores of authors and readers and industry peeps approached me to offer congrats, and kudos to Barnes & Noble for fronting romance fiction a spot on the Inet to highlight the genre we love - and for giving folks who care about romance a positive place to gather, learn and play.
Of course, we're all aware H2H isn't just offering authors a place to hang, but
an opportunity to build brand and sell books.
Yet nobody I know or met is so mercenary as to think H2H is all about
the bucks, but rather a more symbiotic venture. RWA board member and
president-elect Michelle Monkou is excited about "Heart to Heart." "[An] all-romance blog from Barnes & Noble,
a respected bookseller in the industry...will connect readers with authors of the
genre in interesting discussions," she states.
The author of 12 books for Harlequin Kimani, Monkou says she considers H2H will be a window to the romance fiction world. "I look forward to the public learning about the diverse voices and stories that contribute to this appealing and financially viable genre."
Blogs like H2H work for the same reason romance fiction does: Generosity of spirit and benefit for everyone involved. I'm looking forward to creating lots of both with readers and authors every day at H2H!
What kind of eReader do you own or have you been coveting? When do you plan to grab some eGear? Have you checked out the "Heart to Heart" coverage from RWA National and Suz Brockmann exclusive news?
Michelle gives you more of
what's hot in romance fiction at "Heart to Heart" (H2H), BN.com's new
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