Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Apr: Romancing the Library (Library Journal)

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, 3:00-4:00 PM ET/12:00 AM - 1:00 PM PT

Romance ranked third among the top five fiction circulators in libraries, combined print and ebook, according to LJ’s Materials Survey 2014, and librarians will want to know all they can about what’s available and what’s hot. Since LJ began reviewing original romance ebooks in mid-2011, we have worked with a number of publishers new to our pages and opened a fresh world of content and services for libraries and their users.

Simultaneously, a certain numerically named novel that features erotic elements blasted its way to the top of best sellers lists and library holds shelves. Ebook romance and erotica were off and running. Among the companies bringing the fruit of these endeavors to readers are Samhain Publishing and Riptide Publishing. And reviewers seem quite taken with the output so far. Of Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt’s If It Drives from Riptide, LJ’s reviewer wrote, “Erotica takes the stage front and center in this edgy tale of role reversal.” Cynthia D’Alba’s Texas Fandango from Samhain lets readers “enjoy the sensual fun in the sun…. This latest offering gives readers a sexy escape and a reason to seek out D’Alba’s earlier titles”.