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In a move to build community and learn more about its customers, mid-sized publisher Sourcebooks is launching a romance e-book club that gives members e-books, discounts and access to online parties and live events for $9.99 for six months.

Sourcebooks "Discover a New Love"

In a move to build community and learn more about its customers, mid-sized publisher Sourcebooks is launching a romance e-book club that gives members e-books, discounts and access to online parties and live events for $9.99 per month for six months.

The club, Discover a New Love, lets members choose one DRM-free e-book from a selection of four each month. (Right now, a 6-month prepaid membership is available for $9.99.) Those who want to buy additional e-books can do so at a discount. Jane Litte at romance blog Dear Author notes authors are paid their regular e-book royalty each time a member chooses one of their books.

The initiative also aims to build community: Sourcebooks will hold parties for members at the major romance conferences, and is also offering

  • Member-only blog chats with our authors, editors, cover artists and more.
  • Special “Romance Insider” events for you to help events shape the future of romance publishing including focus groups, panel discussions, surveys and more.
  • A forum for discussing your favorite authors, books, heroes, heroines, and sex scenes with other members of the community
  • Member-only content from about our authors and upcoming titles.
  • Access to member-only special offers, contests, and give-aways

Sourcebooks CEO Dominique Raccah tells the WSJ “she will make the site available to other publishers, [but] it is unclear whether other houses would allow their titles to be sold without [DRM].”

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that a membership is $9.99 per month for six months. The cost is $9.99 total for six months. I apologize for the error.

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  1. Charles Baker Monday, April 9, 2012

    Two e-books a month would feel like more of a deal. One book per month is kind of setting the bar low, with regards to the company feeling that its customers will only read one book per month, right? Although, access to exclusive content might offset that.

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  2. David Thomas Monday, April 9, 2012

    Arrived late to the TOC Chicago event, sadly, Raccah had finished & winding down to Q&A. However, its clear the subscription based community is a focus group pool to test content, artwork, etc. Fine for what it is, but it is not an SRS, instead it is an elaborate continuous volunteer response survey. This is reaching for a hybrid of crowdsource publishing and focus group marketing. Anything learned will be specific to the group, not a true leading indicator. Another interesting question: if the community is given what they want, will they ultimately like the result?

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