Random House and Dan Brown, Bebook mini e-reader review, Murdoch’s Google silliness, and ‘the copyright time bomb’
November 16, 2009 | 9:00 am
Here are some stories that do not quite make full-fledged TeleRead posts in and of themselves, but are interesting nonetheless:
* Crain’s New York Business has a short piece on September 2009 e-book sales at Random House seeing a dramatic 700 perent increase over the same period in 2008—largely due to Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol. Just imagine how much sales might go up if they actually sold their e-books at reasonable prices!
* PC World Magazine has a review of the bebook Mini e-book reader. They like it, on the whole, but note it has some interface issues.
* Buzzmachine writes about Rupert Murdoch’s nose-cutting face-spiting decision to start blocking Google. A German research group has analyzed how much damage Google would take from such publisher search-blocking, and come to about the same conclusion as the bulldozer operator from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: almost none at all.
* While this is not related directly to e-books, Wired has a piece looking at a “copyright time bomb” that will soon be giving the music industry more headaches. A 1976 copyright law had provisions that will allow recording artists to reclaim the copyright to their works from the record labels that currently hold them.
The article claims that this applies to all forms of copyrighted material, not just music, but does not go into any details as to how this could apply to non-musical works.