Monday, May 31, 2010


I notice there is a new site called eBookDiva selling romance ebooks. But, as usual, lines are being blurred:

"eBook Diva is an eBook community specifically developed for romantic fiction readers. It presents an eBook store, reader reviews, and a writers community where aspiring authors can submit and share their work."

A community is 'it'? Anyway, so they want writers too:

"The Tales of the Diva writers' community was developed to establish a free online presence for aspiring romantic fiction writers. Discover the latest talent and engage with the authors. We encourage feedback on the stories posted. By submitting stories, you allow readers from all over the world to be exposed to your work, and you can receive feedback directly from your audience. Also note that the copyright of all works submitted remains the property of the authors."

How generous of them to allow aspiring writers to give them free content. Oh and as for not taking copyright:

"Any software, content or other material (collectively, the "content") that is on this site is the copyrighted work of New Holland Publishing (SA) (Pty) Ltd and/or and/or its suppliers. Use of the content is governed by the terms hereof. If you do not agree to these terms, please do not use this site. By using this site, you signify your acceptance of these terms."

So, basically a publisher that does not (as far as I can tell) actually publish romance is setting themselves up as a third party vendor of romance ebooks, and asking writers to 'share' their work on that site for free.  They are doing this in partnership with Mills and Boon (a British publisher wholly owned by Harlequin) who are providing a lot of the initial content and EBookSite who presumably helped with the software.

Which leaves me wondering, what exactly is new Holland Publishing bring to the party?
See also:
Romancing The Ebook – South Africa's Romance Ebook Store, Ebook Diva, Launches New ebook store for ePub Romances

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Are these the ten books that M&B have been giving away for months anyway? I think it's a bit of a stretch to say they are working in partnership