Yes, ripped, frayed, slightly torn, and even somewhat disheveled bodices need no longer languish without their very own dedicated ereading app. For Harlequin UK has launched a dedicated iOS reading app welcoming its ereading audience “to the world of Mills & Boon!” And lest anyone doubt the legitimacy or PC-ishness of the term “bodice ripper,” The [...]

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A poll of British readers found that a third of ebook readers are too embarrassed to reveal the truth about what they are reading. One in five said they would be so ashamed of their collection that if they were to lose their ebook reader they would not claim it back. The results showed that 71 per cent of books on the shelves of those who responded were autobiographies, political memoirs, and other non-fiction titles—but those categories accounted for just 14 per cent of ebooks read by those surveyed. 

"We know from research commissioned by Random House and by the industry at large that romance readers have been among the first to migrate to ebooks," says Ebury editorial director Gillian Green. "One in seven romance readers have already bought an e-book in the last year." The rising tide of e-reading devices has been a blessing to none more so than fans of romance. No longer are they forced to conceal the covers of their latest purchases (The Sultan's Choice, say, or The Temp and the Tycoon) from fellow commuters.

It's difficult to imagine that the International Digital Publishing Forum's (IDPF) Digital Book 2010 could ever be compared to Woodstock; but, in fact, this year's sold-out event had a few sessions that were so crowded that dozens of people sat on the floor in the back of the room so as not to be in the way of the standing-room only crowd lining the room's back wall. Michael Smith, IDPF's executive director, joked that it looked like Woodstock.

Mills have traditionally heavily promoted their high-quality papers made from virgin fiber stocks. But technological changes in recent years have made available other types of stocks—in particular: recycled, synthetic and groundwood substrates. Each of these papers offer characteristics that are different from papers made from virgin fibers. Here are a few important considerations for each of these paper stock “alternatives.” Recycled Content Many publishers are feeling pressure from environmental groups to use recycled papers, which often are sold at a premium, while the post-consumer content still hovers at around 10 percent. However, characteristics for papers used by magazines, catalogs, newspapers and flyers have improved to a

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