So here I am at SXSW and glomped in with all the lovely technology, geek fun, film, music and caffeinated treats are BOOKS! Yay books! Authors, readers and bookish companies are here… albeit a small part of the convention but they are here and I am trying to seek them out to see whats new.
I just met a very nice and lovely Barbara Perfetti, the Chief Financial Officer of OmniLit, All Romance and the new AreCafe which launched this past week. They are a site for buying ebooks of all genres, although they started as a romance distributor so the site does have a plethora of those books in addition to that general romance feel to the website – note the cute tagline “Drop by for a Byte!”
The tuesday launch was the social book aspect for their website called “ARe Cafe” at http://www.arecafe.com/
As I am always interested to see new competitors for sites such as Good Reads and LibraryThing, I spoke with Barbara a bit about the creation of ARe Cafe. She said they have done well in their ebook business and now want to offer a place for their customers to talk, review and post about their favorite books. The website has everything from Featured Authors and eBook tips to options like “On Air” which features podcasts about new ebooks.
It looks like a fun site and I’m always excited to see book distributors reach out to the public with social media so I encourage everyone to go take a look at their new site and give them feedback!
Also, I picked up some swag (SWAG! love swag) including some fun stickers that say “Here Zombie, Zombie, Zombie” and”eBook Addict” in addition to a 50% off Omni Bucks for a purchase on their website, which has a decent selection in all genres from children’s fiction to westerns.
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