Why This Super-Popular Romance Novel Site Shut Down – Bustle


After a rushed final week that began with an unexpected email and ended with reportings to the FBI and the U.K.’s National Cyber Crime Unit, readers and writers alike are still left wondering why a super-popular romance novel site shut down. The Guardian reports that owner Lori James’ decision to close AllRomanceebooks.com and its sister sites was due to growing concern over the state of the eBook market going into 2017, but both sellers and consumers now wonder if the website’s exit was entirely legal.

In a mass email sent out on Dec. 28, James — who writes romance novels under the pseudonym Samantha Sommersby — announced that All Romance would be closing on Dec. 31. Users would have the final four days of the year to spend all of their site credits and gift cards, and to download all the eBooks they had purchased. Writer Isobel Starling told The Guardian that “[t]he site crashed…


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