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Morning Roundup: The value of negative reviews; Sony abandons eReaders; more
September 27, 2013 | 9:17 am

The Value of Negative Reviews (John Scalzi) Over at Metafilter, they’re talking about this New Yorker article, in which book critic Lee Siegel explains why he doesn’t want to write negative book reviews anymore. *** K-12 Education Startups Face Challenges, Tough Competition (Teachers with Apps) The U.S. education sector has become the nation’s second-biggest sector after healthcare. The value of education industry is estimated at nearly $1.5 trillion — roughly 10% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product, according to GSV Asset Management and Candlestick Research. *** Sony Abandons eReader Market in the United States (GoodReader) Sony has confirmed that they have no intention of selling their new...

Weekend Roundup: Digital rights protection and the future of writing
June 30, 2013 | 10:52 am

Weekend Roundup3 Reasons Why Facebook Can't Replace Your Author Website (Jane Friedman) I’ve occasionally been asked by authors at conferences: Why not just use Facebook? Isn’t that where everyone is spending their time already? Why would people visit my site? Why bother with all the effort of establishing a site, which, if it becomes dusty or out-of-date, could be more damaging than no website at all? * * * Digital rights protection and the future of writing (The Guardian) SiDiM, an ingenious new rights protections system, may point the way to the experimental literature of the future. Germany's FraunhoferInstitute recently revealed that it is working on a new digital...