National Book Network is launching NBN Fusion, which will offer clients digital book services such as file conversion, e-book distribution and sales representation to e-book vendors around the globe; manufacturing services that include POD and digital short run printing and print brokering services; production services that include copyediting, composition, file conversion, proofreading, indexing and consultation; and marketing services.
In a statement, NBN president Rich Freese said: "NBN Fusion will redefine what book distribution means for modern publishers. Full-service distribution must now include handling finished books, printer files and e-books, as well as providing online marketing tools."
In a front-page story, the Wall Street Journal surveyed a genre that's new to us: Amish romance or bonnet novels, "a booming new subcategory of the romance genre. The books, written by non-Amish writers, are aimed at a mainstream audience. . . . Most bonnet books are G-rated romances, often involving an Amish character who falls for an outsider. Publishers attribute the books' popularity to their pastoral settings and forbidden love scenarios à la Romeo and Juliet. Lately, the genre has expanded to include Amish thrillers and murder mysteries. Most of the authors are women."
Barnes & Noble book buyer Jane Love told the Journal that Amish novels account for 15 of the chain's top 100 religious fiction titles. "It's almost like you put a person with a bonnet or an Amish field in the background and it automatically starts to sell well," she said.
Some in the Amish community, estimated at 233,000, mostly in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri, devour the books as religiously as "the English" do. Others look upon them warily. One religion professor noted that the church has "traditionally viewed fiction as distracting and deceitful," but has no specific strictures against contemporary novels.
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Cast your votes for your favorite book blogs. The awards are part of the annual Book Blogger Appreciation Week (September 14-18), launched last year by bibliophile and blogger Amy Riley "to recognize the hard work and contribution of book bloggers" in promoting the written word. Among the 40 categories are Best Publishing/Industry Blog, Best Published Author Blog and Best Name (including nominee When Librarians Attack). Voting is open until this Saturday, September 12.
In honor of a major birthday this coming Monday and the beginning of another five-day workshop for new booksellers, Donna Paz of Paz & Associates asks that anyone who wants to mark the occasions should consider making a donation to the non-profit humanitarian organization she founded, Care for Polish Orphans.