This week is literally all about Barnes and Noble. Brace yourselves, as we enter the new (and old) world of the elusive and evolving creature known as B&N. Big things have been happening at the often troubled retailer and I’m hesitantly excited about their latest announcements.
Barnes & Noble enters the print on demand ring
So I’m pretty sure someone gifted the execs at Barnes and Noble a copy of Back to the Future, because they’ve decided to take a trip through time and try and capitalize on the print on demand market, by offering small presses and independent authors Nook Print Press. You know the same market that Amazon, Lulu and several independent book stores have capitalized on for almost a decade.
However, all snark aside, I think it’s good for any market to have viable competition and alternatives. B&N’s print service also provides author services, from editing, cover art, interior design and even one-on-one consultations. All things that are seriously worth their weight in gold.
So although Barns & Noble is a little late to the party, I say welcome, pull up a chair and let me hand you a drink.
You can read the official press release here
Barnes & Noble ebook syncing
B&N just seems to be sprinting out the news releases this month. Yesterday, they announced the launch of Barnes & Noble Sync Up, a new program aimed at getting people like me to buy more books. Sync Up allows readers to buy selected print paperbacks then get the ebook copy for $4.99
Sync Up is similar to Amazon’s Kindle MatchBook program, but with some significant perks. Sync Up offers readers who still like doing that crazy thing called PHYSICALLY GOING TO A BOOK STORE, the opportunity to add an ebook to their purchase on the fly. Do I think that’s cool? Yes I do. So go on with your bad self B&N, I’m down with your new changes.
Barnes and Noble Audio App
I’m still a little iffy on this last bit of B&N news, but also super hopeful and excited. *Deep Breaths, Deep Breaths*… Barnes and Noble is releasing a new version of their previously pulled audio app. The new app is currently in beta and only available on Android devices. I plan on exploring the app this weekend.
Barnes and Noble has just unveiled their new Nook Audiobook App for Android. It is currently in beta and should be ready for prime time in the next few weeks. The service is launching with over 50,000 bestsellers, so there should be something here for everyone.
This is not the first time that Barnes and Noble has gotten into the audiobook game. In July, they shut down their old service that relied on Overdrive to provide all of the content. It was counter intuitive for users to buy the audio editions from the Nook website, only to be forced to download the Overdrive Media Console app, register an account and listen to content.
Movers and Shakers
Reclamation: Lies in the Morgue by Erosa Knowles
Club Reclamation is a place where Vets from all military branches come, chill, grab a drink or meal and find like-minded folks with a story to tell, or problem to share or a soapbox to stand on. If you’ve served in the Armed Forces, chances are you’ll find a friend who gets you and what you’ve been through at Club Reclamation, where everyone gets a second chance.
Former SEAL Maximus Delgado is called to the morgue to identify the body of a young boy who could be his four year old son, Kevin. With Detective Vargas and Brock in attendance, Max faces down his fears to do the unthinkable.
Mercy steps in and sends Max and his team on a journey to find his son who’s reportedly ill with a highly contagious disease. He must defend his name and honor against those who oppose him. With his lady by his side, the clock is ticking and Max is running out of options to defeat the Lies in the Morgue.
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Thawing The Ice (Untamed Book 1) by Shyla Colt
When it’s this cold outside, you need to keep warm.
No one knows how unforgiving the Alaskan frontier can be better than Leighton Pulver. When a run in with a bear leaves her parentless and wary of being alone, she moves in with her childhood best friends, brothers, Casey and Ryan. Close quarters exacerbate her hidden feelings, and she realizes she has two options. Tell them how she feels and risk dividing the family or walk away.
Casey and Ryan have always had a special place in their heart for Leighton Pulver. The only child of their surrogate Uncle, they always thought of her as one of the guys, until she grew up. In the tiny town where women are scarce and men fight over the available prospects their time is running out. When she admits her feelings for both of them, sharing is the logical solution.
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Flawed (The Butcher) by Francette Phal
“You are this beautiful thing I want to destroy.”
That’s the only memory he carries from a childhood he does not remember. And now it is all he knows. Blood is his life.
Knox Bishop has done a lot of horrible things, all at the command of the man who holds his leash. It’s a matter of loyalty for him. Allegiance to the man who saved his life when he was a child. So he goes where he is needed and does what he is told. He tortures. He kills. He kills. He tortures. It is an unrelenting cycle that he constantly craves and can never quite satisfy.
Eighteen year old Lacey Barnes distributes her assets to fund her dreams. Medical school is the end game and she is determined to get there by any means necessary. But a family member’s careless mistake derails her plans and now she must pay a price in order to save him.
She goes to Knox willingly offering him the only valuable thing she has. Herself. In doing so he allows her into his world, a world she quickly realizes is void of any light and hope for escape is utterly elusive. But escape is something she finds that she no longer wants.
“He lays a path of pleasure laced agony for me to follow and I do. Stupidly I follow him down the blinding darkness of his euphoric hell.”
Disclaimer: This book is intended for mature audiences (18+) due to the description of violence and sexual situations.
Our Lovely Baby Bump by Dahlia Rose
John Greyward looked forward to working at The Pyramid Club every night. He took over running the club when Angel became a mom and got married to Caleb. He now had the pleasure of running The Pyramid club with their third partner, Charlie Jordan. Charlie carried herself with quiet beauty, and she had a knack with numbers while he ran the floor. But after the doors closed and quiet reigned all he wanted to do was kiss the sexy goddess with the blond streaks in her hair.
John got knocked for a loop when Charlie asked him a question that would change both their lives. Be the father of the baby she desperately wanted before she lost the chance completely. John had already fallen hard for the woman he called a friend, so the choice was easy to say yes. While she wanted a baby, John wanted the whole package, including the woman who carried his child. But as with everything in his life and Charlie’s nothing came in easy. But John was determined to knock down every obstacle for the woman he’d loved for so long. For them to have a future together, he’d walk though fire.
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Some Bookshelf Porn
Who needs a mirror when you have this gorgeous framed bookcase?
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. Come back on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month to get her romance industry news…with a colorful twist.