April 15, 2020

After postponing the late May Book Expo America (BEA) convention until July, Reed Pop announced yesterday that the book publishing trade convention, which is held annually at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, would not be held at all in 2020.  The next book trade convention will take place in spring 2021.

In an announcement sent to the press and former attendees, Jenny Martin, Event Director BookExpo & BookCon wrote, “It is with heavy hearts that we announce that we will not be holding BookExpo, UnBound and BookCon in 2020. From our...

April 9, 2020

Despite it being 12 years since the last Harry Potter book released and eight years since the release of the last movie, fans all over the world continue the legacy of Rowling’s world through fantastic cosplays, fan gatherings, and books containing detailed analysis, recipes and fun facts. 

One Harry Potter fan, Slytherin, and award-winning romance author decided to combine everything Harry Potter into a single book. Tan’s book, The Binge Watcher’s Guide to the Harry Potter Films, is the second title in Riverdale Avenue Books’ newest imprint...

March 22, 2020

Smashwords, one of the leading distributors of indie authors’ ebooks, has put together a month-long site-wide sale of ebooks, ranging in price from free all the way up to 60% off. The sale is titled Authors Give Back and runs through April 20th. . Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, wrote that he expected the site to host 30,000 deep discounted titles as well as 80,000 free books in this ground-breaking sale.

According to the Smashwords blog, the sale came about “to help readers and authors cope with the unfolding Covid-19 pandemic.” 

Coker ex...

February 25, 2020

With the closing of Romantic Times in 2017, and the cancelling of the 2019 RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America this year, many romance writers and aspiring romance writers wondered if there would be any awards for romance writing this year.

Luckily two eccentric, romance-loving sisters had been working on an alternative award, which premiered just in time—the inaugural Ripped Bodice Awards for Excellence in Romantic Fiction. 

Every year, 16 judges made up of romance authors, experts, bloggers, podcasters, booksellers, journalists, and...

February 19, 2020

It’s a sure sign that basic civil liberties are turning into piles of ashes when autocratic leaders begin burning books. Beginning on May 10, 1933, Nazi youth groups burned books in public pyres in 34 towns across Germany. Hitler’s right arm and Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels delivered a fiery call to action: “No to decadence and moral corruption!” he yelled, while the people who had gathered there made fire oaths promising loyalty to the [State and Hitler] amid a band playing lively marching songs. “Yes to decency and morality in f...

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