Announcing: Harry Potter e-books

J. K. Rowling has announced a new website, which will officially open in October.  It will offer interactive online versions of the books, beginning with the first book (including Sorting Hat questions and a Wand Chooser.)  The second book will be added to the site in 2012.  In addition, the… Read more »

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“Anthem for Doomed Youth” by Carola Dunn

“Anthem for Doomed Youth” by Carola Dunn

Anthem for Doomed Youth is the 19th in Dunn’s light but entertaining Daisy Dalrymple mystery series.  Set in post-World-War-I era Britain, the series features the Hon. Daisy, daughter of a noble house, and her commoner beau (later husband), Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher of Scotland Yard.  The series is populated… Read more »

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Russell-Holmes e-novella coming soon!

Russell-Holmes e-novella coming soon!

Random House will release a “Beekeeping for Beginners”, a new Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes story by Laurie R. King, on July 6, 2011.  Part of the pre-release publicity for King’s The Pirate King, the e-novella re-examines the meeting and early days in the relationship between Holmes and his young protege, Mary… Read more »

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Gatekeeping in Publishing

The Digital Reader blog has posted an interesting opinion piece on the value and role of gatekeeping in e-publishing.  The author, Rich Adin, makes an interesting point: sales rank and/or sales figures for an e-book title (particularly one with a low price point) do not necessarily correlate to number of… Read more »

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E-book Sales Overtake Traditional Formats?

CNN reports that, according to an Association of American Publishers study, February’s e-book sales topped sales for “all other formats” for the first time ever.  This isn’t particularly surprising, given the number of e-reader devices and e-books currently available.  Unfortunately, the figures are less than informative.  The study depended not… Read more »

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Digital Book World conference reports

The “Sisters In Crime” blog has some interesting posts on the recent Digital Book World conference.  The predictions about the chain stores are scary but probably accurate, given the trouble Borders is already in (probably filing for bankruptcy, and their stock has been delisted because it’s staying under $1 over… Read more »

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Bewitching Mysteries series (Madelyn Alt)

Bewitching Mysteries series (Madelyn Alt)

Following an Amazon recommendation, I recently read two books in Madelyn Alt’s paranormal mystery series, Bewitching Mysteries: The Trouble with Magic and Hex Marks the Spot.  (Those are numbers one and three of the series; sadly, my library doesn’t seem to have book two.)  I called them “paranormal” mysteries, but… Read more »

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“Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor” by Lisa Kleypas

“Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor” by Lisa Kleypas

Category: contemporary romance Series: Friday Harbor #1 Book Source: Public library (I’ve since bought the e-book.) Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor is a sweet, feel-good, light contemporary romance — and more of a novella than a novel.  Had I purchased it, in hardcover, I would have been disappointed, both by… Read more »

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