June 12, 2014

The Antitrust Book Boomerang

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

In Win for Libraries, Court Rules Database of Google-Scanned Books Is “Fair Use”

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

Guess What: Some People Are On Amazon’s Side In Amazon vs. Hachette

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: “We’re Going To Prove That I Can Sell More Books Than Amazon”

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

Everything You Need To Know About the Future of Newspapers Is in These Two Charts

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

Books in the Home Are Strongly Linked to Academic Achievement

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 19, 2014

Will the Agency Model Survive?

For publishers, negotiating terms of sale with Amazon has always been difficult. But reports last week of Amazon’s hardball tactics with the Hachette Book Group suggest that this year’s negotiations could be among the most brutal yet.

May 13, 2014

Google’s Lost its 'Right To Be Forgotten' Case in Europe, and That May Not Be a Good Thing

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

Apple, Amazon and the Uncertain Future of the Book Startup

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....



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