Netflix for Romance?

Romance readers are visionaries. They are always the first to latch on to a new way to enjoy their books. I credit romance readers for a majority of this crazy digital publishing world we live in now. Much like the brazen heroines in so many of the novels, romance readers are not afraid to try different ways to read the books they love.

I’ve been reading a lot of romance lately. I love, love, love historical romance and always have. One of the first books I remember reading as a young adult is Forever Amber and that set me on a path of loving romance from an early age.

I’ve also been thinking about ways that I read romance. The mass market paperbacks aren’t what’s best for me. I hate that the spine bends so easily, and the tiny words and my decaying eyesight do not mesh well with the tiny little fonts. So e-books have really came to my rescue.

Then I started thinking about how many romance books I buy a month, and how many I don’t. 90% of the time I wait for one of the publishers to have a deal and then I buy a ton of books at once. Dukes are on sale for $3.99 this week. Earls for $2.99 the next.

Last night when I was streaming Sons of Anarchy and drinking a Mike’s Black Cherry I realized I would pay to ‘stream’ romance e-books. $12.99 gets you access to three titles a month. $19.99 gets you access to six! I would love that type of service. I don’t reread books so a lending feature would be perfect for me. I don’t care if they disappear again the next month.

I understand that there would have to be a ton of behind the scenes work. Authors would have to say it is okay for their works to be used in this manner if the contract doesn’t cover this somehow already and then a pay scale would have to be devised. I think that could be pretty simple though. You are paid a fee for each time your book is downloaded.

Would you guys pay for a service like this to read your favorite adult romance authors? I can’t be the only one!

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    I might consider this. For some authors/series, I prefer to have the paperback, simply because once I get one book by that author or in that series in paperback, I need ALL of them that way. But when I can, I get the cheap ebooks.

    On the other hand, there’s some awesome indies I get to go to a couple times a year with really good, really cheap romance sections. So, it’s a tough choice.

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    Did you know Sourcebooks launched a subscription service for their books this past Spring?

    It’s called Discover a New Love, and you can find it at:

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    I did not! Thanks Lisa.

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    Okay – so this will be a shocker, but I’m not a big romance reader, however, a subscription model for books makes so much sense. Audible does it and I’m a sucker for their service. I know I’ll buy at least 1 audio book a month, so for me this ends up a being a great deal.

    Also – does this for children’s books – sort of. In a way. Kind of.

    There are a few services out there like this, but the bigger question I have is why it’s landed so well for TV (decades of success with subscription based content), and why the music and video games industry have failed with this.

    Now you’ve really got me thinking :)

    Great post – I love this!

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