June 12, 2014
A federal judge unwisely stepped in on Amazon's side, and now we're seeing the results. In the clash between Amazon and Hachette, book fans and authors blame Amazon for its tough tactics. But the fault lies with the Justice Department and a federal judge for making the bullying possible.
June 12, 2014
The Authors Guild has lost yet another legal battle in a long-running dispute over who can access digital copies of library books created under Google’s book-scanning program.
June 7, 2014
Amazon is largely considered the bad guy as the negotiations with Hachette continue. But not everybody feels that way.... To every backlash there is a counter-backlash, and in recent days some pro-Amazon sentiment has trickled out — or if it’s not fully pro-Amazon, exactly, it’s at least … conflicted. So who’s saying what?
June 5, 2014
Stephen Colbert addressed Amazon’s battle with publisher Hachette — his own book publisher — on the Colbert Report last night. “I’m not just mad at Amazon,” Colbert said. “I’m Mad Prime.”
May 30, 2014
t’s no surprise that print-based media like newspapers are seeing their market share decline and their advertising revenues fall along with it — but these two charts show the fall is not slowing, and if anything it is likely to pick up speed
May 29, 2014
Test scores from 42 nations provide evidence of the benefits of having a home library.
With the school year ending and report cards being issued, plenty of parents are no doubt wondering what they can do to boost their children’s academic performance. Newly published research suggests there is a simple and effective answer: Build up your home library.
May 23, 2014
Amazon Takes Away Pre-Orders on Many Hachette Titles and Messes with Search, Categories and Recommendations
Amazon rolled out a host of new tactics in its fight against book publisher Hachette late Thursday. The retailer, which is negotiating for a better contract, is now taking away pre-orders, messing up search results and miscategorizing Hachette titles.
May 13, 2014
Google – and anyone else providing links to personal information on the web – must delete stale and unwanted information about someone if asked to do so, Europe’s top court has decided. This is a landmark decision and not, by my reckoning, an entirely good one.
It’s not that I object to the principle of the so-called “right to be forgotten,” but rather that such a right is difficult to enforce in the context of an open internet. That said, in this particular case enforcement is not difficult. Confused? Read on.
May 11, 2014
Over the past few years, I’ve encountered countless startups that claim they are going to disrupt or revolutionize book publishing.
I once thought we might see one of those take off. Today, I’m not so sure. Book-related startups face a particularly tough path forward. Here are a few reasons why.
When Amazon is the chief disruptor, the odds are stacked against you....