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"Conan Doyle's son Adrian actually collaborated with the author John Dickson Carr on a book of Holmes and Watson stories -- The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes -- published in 1954. The stories are uneven in quality, but then so are the originals. "

Jon Jermey on "Morning Roundup: Estate asks SCOTUS to put Holmes back under copyright. Mourning B&N? - Posted on September 17, 2014


"It was painful but I got it to work on 3 devices - a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7.0) and an HTC Evo 4G LTE. Not intuitive would be an understatement! Here is what I did on each device in the order I did them. 1. Download and install the Amazon Appstore APK using link above. 2. Download and install the Instant Video (AIV) APK from the Amazon ..."

Chris on "Amazon finally launches an Instant Video for Android app - Posted on September 17, 2014


"Joanne, if your city's leaders are clever, they'll give those ceases and desist letters some bad publicity in the local press—and take care to send a copy of all that bad press to the CEO and the board members of the company. Stress in the news how much it cost the town to replace that ad campaign and mention the companies involved repeated. The reporters might even contact the company's executives for comment. These companies—I ..."

Michael W. Perry on "A strange little copyright story - Posted on September 17, 2014


"There's a quiet little "rule" those of us who write fiction learn. If you use a trademarked brand is a good way, it's probably okay. If you poison someone with a trademarked name, you better run for cover. The same goes for real restaurants, etc. In other words, positive mention is probably okay, negative mention is possible financial suicide. Some publishers go so far as to not allow trademark names, ..."

Marilynn Byerly on "A strange little copyright story - Posted on September 17, 2014


"@Felipe, thanks! I'm also almost caught up on a stash of books, and when I finish those, plus make a dent in my library Wishlist, I'll add KU back. I'll definitely add it back before going on our cruise in December. KU is just the best way to load up for vacation! "

Juli Monroe on "Two month with Kindle Unlimited. It rocks for readers - Posted on September 17, 2014


"That is a very good point I had not thought of. I think the original decision was very fair---they said that you could use the Sherlock Holmes characters, but that any details which were exclusive to those final stories could not be used. Personally, I think life of the author plus 50 years is more than fair. We are talking about Conan Doyle's very distant descendants here. If they want to profit off of Sherlock ..."

Joanna Cabot on "Morning Roundup: Estate asks SCOTUS to put Holmes back under copyright. Mourning B&N? - Posted on September 17, 2014


"That Sherlock Holmes decision matters a lot. Without it, a popular literary estate could hoard an author's unpublished writings, even short stories, and release them only when the copyright on a character is about to expire. That could extend the copyright protection on that character, and hence the effective copyright of all the books about him, literally for centuries. Each new story released could add 90 years to an entire corpus. A mere 10 unpublished ..."

Michael W. Perry on "Morning Roundup: Estate asks SCOTUS to put Holmes back under copyright. Mourning B&N? - Posted on September 17, 2014


""subscription services aren’t going away. They are just too good" - exactly! As you say Juli, someone'll crack the code to make this work, because people (readers) favor this model. I'm still only (as a reader) in Scribd, but will be adding KU later myself. Probably keep both. I had a small stash of bought books, and am almost caught up with that now. There are enough titles, esp from folk like Joe Konrath, and some how-to books, that ..."

Felipe Adan Lerma on "Two month with Kindle Unlimited. It rocks for readers - Posted on September 17, 2014


"theres an incredibly easy solution to the problem with the ads though: get google chrome, and install the ad blocker app/extension. and voila no more adds on fanfiction.net, youtube, deviantart, or just about anywhere else for that matter. its extremely effective, just get the free version, its all you'll need "

ren9999 on "Fanfiction.net blocks FLAG fanfic e-book converter, disallows copying and pasting - Posted on September 16, 2014


"Marilyn, Almost all of that manufacturing is about to go through the same disruption that music/publishing has gone through with 3D printing. 2 examples from the library: A woman needed an artificial thumb. The hospital wanted to charge $10,000 for a prosthetic one. We printed it for her at the library for free. A plumber came in needing a specific joint. He brought in the broken one, scanned it and printed one out. Saved a couple ..."

BOB on "Are Books Really Like Any Other Consumer Good? - Posted on September 16, 2014


"Perhaps you should do a podcast or some Youtube videos for technophobic language teachers, showing them how it's done. Call yourself "The French Teacher" or something. "

Michael W. Perry on "Tablets, books and readers, oh my! Reflections on the first week of school - Posted on September 16, 2014


"Here's another example of how not "sick" Patterson and his publisher are. They are donating 180,000 copies of his novels to American troops. http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2014/09/15/book-buzz-james-patterson-gives-books-to-the-troops "

Marilynn Byerly on "The 2014 Forbes sick list - or, why shit pays - Posted on September 16, 2014


"Publishers are trapped by the cheapness of their product. Book prices in the days before the conglomerate publishers were artificially low, and they've remained so despite some people's belief that they are too expensive. Most manufactured goods have an incredible profit margin. Furniture, for example, has a 500% to 1000% profit margin which allows huge discounts with plenty of profit for everyone. Book publishing's profit margin in 3% to 7% according ..."

Marilynn Byerly on "Are Books Really Like Any Other Consumer Good? - Posted on September 16, 2014


"I beg to disagree. The retail aspect of writing simply can't be separated from the writing. A writer whose efforts to find readers is stymied by Amazon's attempts to bully publishers is as effectively muzzled as one who must acquire a king's stamp of approval to publish. Author's United is right. Amazon's behavior really is an assault on writers and should be treated as such. The fact that Amazon only intends to bully Hachette and ..."

Michael W. Perry on "Are Books Really Like Any Other Consumer Good? - Posted on September 16, 2014


"[…] (following Baen’s 2008 experiments) have worked on ways of crowdsourcing the slush pile and opening themselves to general un-agented […] "

The Tankers are Turning | Hugh Howey on "Baen uses crowdsourcing approach to manage e-slush - Posted on September 16, 2014


"@ross, Overdrive Read is just a browser-based reader, so it won't work off line. They did make it more complex lately by requiring an Overdrive account instead of just an Adobe account. "

Juli Monroe on "Overdrive Media Console (App Review) - Posted on September 15, 2014