Romance Fiction Igniting Electronic Publishing
Curled up in bed with a
good romance book lately?
Chances are in the future your "book" will be an
electronic reader with a screen and your "romance" may have alternative
endings -- or even full-color graphics and music as found in eBooks
released by Maryland-based publisher MyRomanceStory.com!
With the advent of the Sony "Reader Digital Book" and Amazon's
"Kindle," readers now have the option of carrying around hundreds of books
on a device no larger than a pocket book. And with romance publishers such
as Harlequin, Ellora's Cave, MyRomanceStory.com and Samhain committed to
loading titles on these devices, romance readers will never want for access
In the case of some of the publishers, such as Samhain and
MyRomanceStory.com, the transition to the online reader is not a difficult
one -- both offer their books almost exclusively electronically. And in the
case of MyRomanceStory, illustrated graphic novellas enhance the readers'
"There's something appealing about love scenes presented graphically,
yet tastefully," remarks MyRomanceStory.com publisher, Patricia White.
Electronic publishers have long suffered from a dearth of big-name
romance authors. With the crossover of well-known hard-copy authors,
electronic publishers are no longer the stepchildren of the industry. Giant
romance- fiction publisher Harlequin recently released erotic short stories
exclusively in the eBook format.
"I believe in the ePublishing venue and what many of the publishers in
that market are trying to do in the industry," explains bestselling author
Lucy Monroe now available in eBooks.
Combining the romance novel with the graphic novel format is the latest
intriguing entry into the market. The most prominent publisher in this
arena is MyRomanceStory.com, a publisher "pushing the boundaries,"
according to Publishers Weekly.
Harlequin also releases some of its top romance authors in Manga.
"The advent of new technology always comes with some skepticism," says
Lori James, CEO of All Romance eBooks. "People say that they enjoy holding
a book. But at one point my father couldn't imagine giving up vinyl records
in favor of CDs."
According to Media Post, web users spend 47% of their time online on
content sites. Forbes.com reported that although eBooks accounted for less
than 1% of the $24 billion US book market a year ago, romance fiction
publishers are now uploading nearly all their books as soon as they are
MyRomanceStory.com is the premier online romance graphic novel
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