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In Google Books appeal, Authors Guild decries Google’s impact on Amazon sales
April 12, 2014 | 6:12 am

The Authors Guild is appealing Google’s November fair use win in its Google Book scanning case. The Guild says that Google is “yanking readers out of online bookstores” and stifling online bookstore competition with its digitized books. "Google emptied the shelves of libraries and delivered truckloads of printed books to scanning centers, where the books were converted into digital format," the Guild's lawyers said. They wrote that the library project was designed to lure potential book purchasers away from online retailers like Amazon.com and drive them to Google. Wait, what? ...

Morning Roundup: Sony issues Reader updates, How to measure success and more
April 4, 2014 | 9:00 am

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Morning Roundup: Author’s Guild allows self-published authors. Ever heard of BookTube? and more
April 2, 2014 | 9:00 am

author's guildA Beginner's Guide to BookTube (Book Riot) BookTube may sound like a root vegetable, but it’s actually an incredibly vibrant community of people who vlog (that’s video blog for those of you who are unfamiliar with the lingo) about books on YouTube. *** Author's Guild Expands Embrace of Indie Books, Authors (Indie Reader) CJ Lyons, the award-winning, critically-acclaimed, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, will be the first self-published author to serve on its executive council. *** Apple Abandons Higher Education Reseller Program in Canada (GoodeReader) The essence of the reseller program is to give discounts to University and College bookstores to stock iPads, Mac...

Satire: ‘Merger’ between authors James Patterson and Clive Cussler roils the publishing world
February 14, 2014 | 11:38 am

roflI love a good satire piece, don’t you? And this one from Lawrence Block had me absolutely howling. It begins: Publishing circles were reeling today after this morning’s surprise announcement of the merger of pop fiction titans James Patterson and Clive Cussler, who between them are likely to account for twenty bestsellers in calendar year 2014 alone. While neither author could be reached for comment, a source close to both men confirmed that the deal will include all rights—film, electronic, and audio—to the two authors’ innumerable backlist titles as well as all current and future...

‘The commune is passé’: Publishers need to wake up and face the new world
December 13, 2013 | 2:49 pm

Fullscreen capture 12132013 23200 PM.bmp‘Tis the season for holiday specials, and one of the more obscure yet entertaining ones you will find is the Oscar-nominated “A Doonesbury Special” from 1977. Nominated for Best Animated Short, this half-hour TV special features the Doonesbury gang looking back at the just-ended hippie movement and trying to figure out where it all went and make sense of where they are now. I bring it up, because it seems like the big publishers and the Authors Guild are in a similar boat. They’re looking back at the era when they dominated publishing—they were the great gatekeepers, and the...

Google makes case for Google Books scanning as ‘transformative’ fair use
August 28, 2013 | 10:15 am

Is Google’s book scanning practice “transformative”? Google argues that it is, the Authors Guild argues that it isn’t, This could be an important part of determining whether Google scanning all those books in violation of copyright could be considered a “fair use.” It follows on the heels of the appeals court decision back in July requiring that the circuit court rule on whether Google Book Search constituted fair use before deciding if the suit warranted class action status. Google argues that its book search program was such an improvement over existing search functionality for books that its use was...

The Internet Archive’s Open Library is violating authors’ copyrights
July 10, 2013 | 8:53 pm

Open Library is a project of Brewster Kahle’s Internet Archive. We’ve written about Kahle, the Archive, and Open Library a few times, including some times I’d forgotten about. Kahle’s Internet Archive was first founded as a way to keep a historical record of the ever-changing Internet for the benefit of future sociological and cultural researchers; it later expanded into archiving other media as well. More recently, Kahle started collecting print books, and scanning them as well as archiving them; it was his intention to collect and save one of every print book ever published. These scanned books would also...

Google Books appeals court ruling denies Authors Guild class action status, demands ruling on fair use
July 1, 2013 | 8:52 pm

Hey, remember the big e-book trial? No, not that one, the other one. The latest news to come out of the courts about the big Authors Guild vs Google case is that the Second Court of Appeals has sided with Google in putting a hold on Judge Chin’s decision that the Authors Guild could have class-action status to represent all authors who had been wronged by Google. Perhaps the more interesting part of the decision, however, was why they did it. The Second Court said that they felt the question of class action status was premature at...

Morning Links: E-Publishing Stories You May Have Missed
April 18, 2013 | 9:20 am

Morning LinksKobo Aura HD and Kobo Glo Video Comparison (Good e-Reader) Authors Guild Shuts Itself Off from Criticism as People Realize it Represents Publishers, Not Authors (Techdirt) Pocket Adds 'Send to Friend' Sharing Option (The Digital Reader) Why Digital Book Publishers Are Starting to Embrace Data (Paid Content) Kindle Daily Deals: Fly by Wire by Ward Larsen (and 3 others)...

Scott Turow and the Publishing Marketplace
April 8, 2013 | 4:00 pm

Scott TurowI've seen at least four stories today on the Scott Turow editorial in this week's New York Times (for example, here and here). Turow's editorial was a mishmash of all sorts of trending stories, offering his comments on used books, libraries, the Kirtsaeng decision, Amazon, and who knows what else. He has been derided, and rightly so in my opinion, for taking a somewhat extreme and out of touch view of the current marketplace. But what I think often gets lost in this knee-jerk reactionary stuff (both on the part of the originator and the various respondents) is that these pieces often do...

Scott Turow describes “The Slow Death of the American Author”
April 8, 2013 | 2:00 pm

Libraries. The Internet. Pirate sites. According to author Scott Turow's recent op-ed piece for the New York Times, these things are all to blame for the "Slow Death of the American Author." Best-selling novelist and Author's Guild president Scott Turow discusses how all of these entities are creating an environment where authors will make less money, and entities such as Amazon will get to pocket it all. “But it is the latest example of how the global electronic marketplace is rapidly depleting authors’ income streams. It seems almost every player—publishers, search engines, libraries, pirates and even some scholars—is vying for position at authors’...

The digital resale controversy, in the New York Times
March 10, 2013 | 3:34 pm

digital resale The New York Times ran an interesting and fairly informative feature story on March 7; it covers the digital publishing industry's current digital resale controversy, which was sparked largely by the work of John Ossenmacher, the founder and CEO of ReDigi — a company that refers to itself as 'The World's First Pre-Owned Digital Marketplace.' The story includes a brief quote from Free Ride author Robert Levine; the quote probably does a better job than anything I've read before of explaining why digital resales will almost certainly lead to a fair amount of market insanity. As the article's author, David Streitfeld, writes: [caption id="attachment_81113" align="alignright"...