AllRomance eBooks closing down

As I’m sure most people in our community are aware, AllRomance eBooks is closing down with very little warning.

This is a quick post to let you know that Manifold Press titles are still active on the ARe site. We wanted to ensure that readers can spend their eBucks (which, after all, have already been paid for) and that anyone who’s already bought a book can download it. We’ll inactivate the titles at some stage tomorrow, 31 December.

As you probably know, if you spend money buying new books on the site, that money will go to ARe and will not be forwarded to the publishers and authors. We’re assuming most, if not all, readers won’t want to do that.

If you want to buy new Manifold Press books, can we please direct you to:

Thank you for your support! We’ll be in touch again in the new year with any further responses to this situation.

The All Romance App – Celebrate with a 50% Rebate

Our good friends at All Romance are celebrating a new Android App with a 50% rebate! You can’t say fairer than that.

 

 

All Romance Celebrates Release of New Android App with 50% eBook Rebate

The All Romance Reader Android App comes with a library pre-loaded with six free ebooks, courtesy of AllRomance.com, the largest and oldest independent seller of Romance eBooks in the world.

With the All Romance Reader App for Android, readers can browse sixty categories or focus their search by specifying a particular title, author, series, publisher or keyword. Search returns can then be further sorted by best selling, top rated, recently added, heat level, length, title, or price—including discounted ebooks and freebies. They can also access ARe’s bestseller list, discover what’s trending, or peruse picks selected especially for them. Highlander warriors, spaceship captains, pack leaders, vampires, doms, bad boy bikers, billionaires, Navy SEALs… ARe has them all.

Those with the App will easily be able to take advantage of special rebates, discounts, sales and promotions. They’ll be able to use the wish list feature to help plan for a nd manage future purchases. Then rate and review the books they’ve already read to help others make selections. “The best part is that we’re celebrating the release by offering a 50% rebate on thousands of titles on Sunday, August 9th (US/Central),” said Lori James, CEO of All Romance. “For the first time our Customers will be able to download and read their purchases using the App’s robust reading features, or tap on our nifty gift icon to send it to a friend. And, our multi-format files are easy to share and read across platforms. An iOS version will be coming soon.”

Download the All Romance Reader for Android to:

• Browse, buy, and read seamlessly.

• Read EPub, PDF, and Adobe® Content Server protected ebooks on your Android phone or tablet (version 2.3 and higher).

• Side load for use on your Kindle Fire/HD.

• Browse over 130,000 ebooks from more than 9,000 publishers.

• Search by title, author, series name, publisher, keyword, or category—we have sixty.

• Sort search returns by best selling, top rated, recently added, heat level, length, title, or price—including discounted and freebies.

• Discover what’s trending.

• Download thousands of free ebooks.

• Access tools to personalize your reading experience by tapping the bottom of the screen while reading. Set bookmarks, highlight, add notes, search the text, or adjust settings such as text size, line spacing, text color and background, orientation, and page turn.

New for 2015!

We’re entering 2015 with some very exciting plans, and also one or two changes to the way we do things. For a start, you’ll notice that our dear old online shop module has ceased to exist and is, in fact, an ex-module! All orders should now be placed through one or other of our distributon partners who are, at present and in strictly alphabetical order, AllRomance, Amazon and Smashwords, with some titles also being available in paperback via CreateSpace. There are two reasons for this change – one is the reduced availability of person-power for filling orders, and the other is the new VAT regulations which are a particular burden for small organisations like ourselves; stepping away from handling our own sales means we can allow someone else to take day-to-day responsibility for that aspect of our business, and that in turn leaves us free to concentrate on producing even more new fiction for you to enjoy.

We must admit, though, that we’ll be sorry to lose direct contact with our readers. It’s been absolutely the best aspect of the online shop, and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed meeting you all and chatting in e-mail. Our days will be considerably less interesting in future, without that!

We know some of you have already spotted, too, that we’re making some books available free of charge for a limited period. These are already proving popular on AllRomance and Smashwords, and will be introduced to Amazon, too, as soon as we can get that organised. (It’s not always straightforward to persuade Amazon that yes, you really do want to give things away for nothing, so unfortunately we’ll have to work to their timetable; watch this and other relevant spaces for details!)

The free books are Adam Fitzroy‘s DEAR MISTER PRESIDENT, Jane Elliot‘s END OF THE TRAIL, Chris Quinton‘s FOOL’S ERRAND and Julie Bozza‘s HOMOSAPIEN, all of which have been consistently popular and have made us a lot of friends. We’re sending them out free of charge now in the hopes of introducing new readers to our work, and we hope existing readers will also take this opportunity to try out the work of a different author or catch up on a book they may previously have missed.

New titles

Our two new books for 1 February publication are fascinating stories about men faced with unexpected challenges, and we’re very excited about them both!

We’re sure you’ll agree with us that a new Julie Bozza title is always an event. This time she brings us MITCH REBECKI GETS A LIFE, in which fish-out-of-water Mitch struggles to cope thousands of miles from his native New York in what – for him – is the alien environment of Sydney, Australia …

… and similarly Darryl, the hero of Liam Livings‘s new book ESCAPING FROM HIM, meets a delightful gallery of characters and is pitched headlong into a series of adventures when he finally decides to break free from his controlling older boyfriend and make a new life for himself north of the border in Scotland.

The name of Liam Livings may already be familiar, especially to those of you who attend UKMeet. We’re delighted to have him joining us as an author – not only of the present book, but also of another which we hope to publish later in the year – and, given the speed and enthusiasm with which he writes, we can’t help hoping there may be several more titles coming our way in due course; we’ll just have to wait and see! For now, though, this is a very good moment to welcome Liam as a new member of the Manifold Press ‘family’.

Survey at ALLROMANCE

Our friends at AllRomance eBooks have asked us to help publicise an anonymous survey currently running on their website – specifically, as they say, to help them explore ‘some issues about DRM and sharing’. The survey pops up immediately when you open their site here. If you have time, please go on over and answer a few questions for them (it will only take five minutes at the most), and spread the word to other readers too. Thank you!

First sales via ARe

We take back what we said about ARe’s website being big and confusing; obviously somebody has been able to find our books – at least two ‘somebodies’, in fact! Our ‘real time report’, which yesterday was empty, is today populated with fascinating details. This is a very promising start!

We’ve also ticked the box to allow them to review our titles, which is supposed to happen within the first month. We don’t suppose they’ll do all of them but we hope they choose some – and will be very interested to see their response!

Year Two Week Twelve

Alas, no sales direct from the website again this week – but Rainbow Ebooks are still doing us proud, with DEAR MISTER PRESIDENT selling surprisingly strongly over there.

This hiatus has given us time to get our act together for the November titles, however, and they’re both with their proof-readers now, their covers designed, and virtually everything about them nicely locked into place. As for February, we’re well on the way there too – and plans for May 2012 are already starting to form.

What’s more, we’ve done all the set-up for our link to AllRomance Ebooks which will be activated on 1 August. We have one or two reservations about the size of their site and the number of books they have available – needles and haystacks spring to mind – but on the other hand we hope to attract a different audience through them and to reach a few new readers that way.

Finally, to those who felt that it was time we revamped our website, we can only say that we agree with you and we have it in hand to deal with some time over the next couple of months. Watch … well, if not this space exactly, this space at least!