Oct 10 2012 8:16am

What Romance Novel Do You Wish to See as an E-book?

Every day, it seems, older books are getting repubbed in e-format, making it possible to revisit your keeper shelf with the touch of a button.

With an e-book, you don't have to worry about the yellowed pages falling out, or how hideous the original cover is, or if it has that distinctive old book odor.

Which of the books on your keeper shelf do you most wish were available in e-book?

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Helena Fairfax
1. helenafairfax
Funny, I just wrote a blog post about some romances I love which are sadly out of print! I'd like to see The Cinderella Factor, by Sophie Weston, as an e-book - or any of hers, in fact! Here's my blog post:
2. Lizf22
I just bought a used paperback of Valerie Vayle's Lady of Fire because it was out of print. One of the first romances I'd ever read so it was a nostalgia purchase! :)
Victoria Janssen
3. VictoriaJanssen
Afetr writing a post on Laura London's The Windflower a while back, I think there's definitely a need for an e-edition of that!

I also hope the two Judy Cuevas novels, Bliss and Dance, make it out along with the other Judith Ivory novels.
Katy Cooper
4. katy.madellio
I came here intending to mention Bliss and Dance and found I'm not alone.

Others I wish were available in ebook form are all of Mary Stewart's work; Susan Howatch's history-based sagas (Penmarric, Cashelmara, The Rich Are Different and Sins of the Fathers), Patricia McKillip's earlier stuff, and Nita Abrams' series.

I don't want much, do I? :)
5. keen23
Ditto to The Windflower. This has been on my To Read list for a few years now, and I've never been able to hunt down a copy (and I don't want to spend $20-$30 for it on Amazon). I've heard such good things about this novel, and I'd really like to read it!
Trish Copley
6. Vol Fan
Oh my! I have tons. I would love to be able to keep some of the old classic romances on my kindle. Those that made the genre explode (no pun intended LOL). Such as Sweet Savage Love-Rosemary Rogers. Many of Kathleen Woodiwiss' have been made available, but there are still so many of the earliest bodice rippers I would love to have. Another that comes to mind is Christine Monson's Storm Fire. I've never read it and never been able to track down a reasonably priced copy. I'd like to see what the fuss was all about.

The Raging Winds of Heaven - June Lund Shiplett (one of my all time favs)
Angelique - Sergeanne Golon
Celia Garth - Gwen Bristow (and her others too)
Dawn's Early Light (and others by same) - Elswyth Thane
Dr. Zhivago
Dance-Judy Cuevas
Seduction of Samantha Kincade-Maggie Osborne

I know there are more, but those above I have on my watch list.
7. Vi Dao
To Have and To Hold by Patricia Gaffney tops my list.
8. AMG
I want to see the entire Sylvia Thorpe catalogue. And for true OOP regency lovers, Dinah Dean, who wrote village books for Mills and Boon, along with a series of novels set in 1812ish Russia. These are almost impossible to buy.
Susan Lee
9. suelee000
Windflower by Laura London
Elsie Lee's Romantic Suspense books
Liaden books by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Gentle Pirate by Jayne Ann Krentz
10. HJ
There are so many classic romance authors whose books I've had to track down piecemeal second-hand! Off the top of my head, I would like (at sensible prices):

Elsie Lee

Patricia Veryan

Nita Abrams (sec0nding Katy Madellio above)

Kate Ross

Julia Ross

I long to own the Regency romances by Georgette Heyer in ebook , but they cost far too much in the UK. (So by "sensible prices" I mean no more than £2.50.) If they were at the right price, I would buy every single one.

Surely multiple sales at a lower price nets more than very few sales at a high price? Publishers should realise that romance readers are very loyal and will generally buy every single book by a favourite author, if they are not deterred by the price. Moreover, the pricing in this market is affected by the realistic prices charged by authors who recover their rights, convert to digital and sell their backlists. They certainly understand the volume model, and also that no matter how much readers would like to own the ebooks it's difficult to justify it when you can buy second-hand print copies for a penny plus p&p.
Helena Fairfax
11. helenafairfax
I loved all these suggestions and have bookmarked this page. Will definitely look out for some of these. I'd never heard of The Windflower, by Laura London. I googled it and found some sites where you can download a free pdf. Are these legal?? I'm desperate to read this now I've heard so much about it!
12. jamieloganbrenner
I'd love to see Susan Howatch's Penmarric. Love that book -- yellow pages, musty smell, outdated cover and all!
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