Cost of Living

How romance novelists make money while moving from drugstore shelf to digital

For Valentine's Day, we explore the economics behind the torrid literary world of love and passion.

For Valentine's Day, we explore the economics of the torrid literary world of love

The cover image of M. Jane Colette's romance novel Text Me Cupid (Submitted by M. Jane Colette)

The underappreciated cornerstone of the publishing industry is the romance novel. But how do the authors and the publishers behind them make money, especially as the industry changes from drugstore to digital distribution?

Listen here as CBC producer Dave Waddell looks into the world of the storytellers who deal in love, intrigue and sensuality. How do they make money on the popular books that many won't admit they read?


Click "listen" above to hear the segment, or download the Cost of Living podcast.

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