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The public domain hiatus continues
January 3, 2014 | 12:54 pm

atlasshruggedSo, another new year, and another collection of works that should have but won’t pass into the public domain thanks to Sonny Bono’s Copyright Term Extension Act. GigaOm has a good roundup of titles, drawing on the report from Duke University’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain. They include some fairly popular titles, such as the movies Bridge on the River Kwai, Gunfight at the OK Corral, and 3:10 to Yuma, and the books How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Cat in the Hat. One noteworthy title is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, which seems...

Did Amazon really yank purchased content at Disney’s behest? Not intentionally
December 16, 2013 | 5:15 pm

One of the stories in our “Morning Roundup” today touched upon Amazon yanking a Christmas special that a customer had previously purchased because Disney wanted it available only on its TV channel during the holidays. The version of the story we linked was the early report, but since a number of sites have followed up and gotten a response from Amazon, it’s worth revisiting. Ars Technica and AllThingsD report receiving word from Amazon that the customer had been “misinformed” by the customer service representative. The Amazon PR representative explained: What you are referring to was...

Morning Roundup: Amazon Pulls Access to Purchased Christmas Movies, Tablet Magazine Ship Sinking
December 16, 2013 | 9:00 am

amazonAmazon Takes Away Access to Purchased Christmas Movie During Christmas (Boing Boing) Yes, Disney is stupid and evil for doing this. But when Amazon decided that it would offer studios the right to revoke access to purchased videos, they set the stage for this. *** Using YouTube to Educate...and Test (Teachers with Apps) What if your college professor told you that your take home exam was on YouTube? The popular video site may currently be one of the biggest distractions students try to avoid during midterms and finals, but it may not stay that way. *** The Tablet Magazine Ship is Sinking Fast (GigaOM) What’s even worse...

Morning Links: Should Walmart buy B&N?
March 8, 2013 | 8:30 am

Should Walmart buy B&N?Walmart Passed on Barnes & Noble Before, Maybe it Should Look Again (Yahoo Finance) Hydra is Appropriately Named (Digital Book World) Disney's Hyperion Will Reportedly Sell Off Most Titles, Focus on TV-Related Books (Paid Content) How Much Time and Effort Should Publishers be Spending on Startups? (Mike Shatzkin) Kindle Daily Deals: Illuminations by Mart Sharratt (and 3 others)...

The Problem with Children’s Books: A Parent’s Perspective
February 26, 2013 | 2:04 pm

We recently had our Family Day long weekend, and the Beloved and I spent some of it at the home of his sister. She's the mother of a toddler and a newborn, and while we were visiting, the subject of books came up. I enjoyed having the opportunity to pick the brain of a parent on this particular subject. (What did this mom think were the biggest mistakes children's book publishers are making? What does she look for when she shops for her kids?) Some of her comments surprised me. 1. Children's Book Advertising Why aren't they doing this? That was her biggest...

Does Apple Own the Digital Page Turn or Doesn’t It?
November 20, 2012 | 7:05 pm

By Brian Howard | for Book Business On Friday afternoon, The New York Times' Nick Bilton posted an item on the paper's Bits blog entitled "Apple Now Owns The Page Turn," citing U.S. Patent D670,713. Incredulous, Bilton wrote: This design patent, titled, “Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface,” gives Apple the exclusive rights to the page turn in an e-reader application. Yes, that’s right. Apple now owns the page turn. You know, as when you turn a page with your hand. An “interface” that has been around for hundreds of years in physical form. I swear I’ve seen similar animation in Disney or Warner...

Public domain and piracy: Once Upon a Time and my epiphany
November 20, 2012 | 11:15 am

Once_Upon_aTime_promo_imageWhen I was visiting relatives over the weekend, I had a fairly potent reminder of the enduring power of the public domain—and I finally succumbed to the inevitable realization, that in some cases, piracy is just too much work. On Saturday night of our stay, it turned out we didn’t have time to watch Marvel’s The Avengers as I’d hoped we could. So my sister-in-law instead introduced me to the first episode of an engrossing ABC television series called Once Upon a Time. The premise is that Snow White’s Wicked Queen worked a curse that trapped well-known fairy tale...

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
November 7, 2012 | 9:12 am

The Templeton Twins Have an IdeaWhy I'm Not Sold on the iPad Mini (Good E-Reader) Will Disney Block Star Wars Fan-Made Content? (Techdirt) Content Hackathons: The Future of Textbooks (GigaOM) Readability Adds New Grid Reading View (The Digital Reader) Kindle Daily Deal: Sly Fox by Jeanine Pirro {and} The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Jeremy Holmes & Ellis Weiner * * * Follow us @TeleRead  Join us on Facebook ...

How did Mark Twain really feel about perpetual copyright?
January 9, 2011 | 4:15 am

I’ve often mentioned that Mark Twain was a supporter of perpetual copyright, but it occurred to me that in a sense I’ve not been living up to the dictates of the state we share. I’d been taking an out of context quote’s word for it, rather than insisting that you have to “show me”. And when I went and looked at the text of the actual speech, it seemed to me that with Twain’s gift for biting sarcasm, it was hard to tell whether his zeal for perpetual copyright was serious or sarcastic. So I posted a question on...

Disney has delivered 1 million iOS book apps
January 7, 2011 | 11:21 am

index.jpgThat's what TUAW is reporting: Parents must be finding it easier than ever to keep kids in the backseat distracted -- Disney Publishing has hit 1 million downloads of its Disney Book Apps for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Disney Publishing has 9 book apps on the App Store, all of which have been seen in the top 10 paid book apps since the iPad debuted in April. Four of the apps are currently listed in the Top 10 in the iTunes App Store Books category, with Toy Story Read-Along in the Top 5 Book Apps in 35 countries....

Tron: Legacy to get interactive e-book iPad app in January
December 17, 2010 | 2:56 pm

tron-legacy-400Mediabistro reports that Disney is launching a Tron: Legacy tie-in e-book ipad app in January. The application is to combine an e-book with interactive features including games and videos. The article mentions other such interactive e-book apps for kids that Disney has done, such as apps for the Toy Story series and The Princess and the Frog. Yves Saada, VP of Digital Media at Disney Publishing, is quoted as saying (of the first Toy Story app): “We wanted to show what this platform could do for a book. We created a format that was combining books,...

OverDrive adds Disney digital books to library catalog
June 29, 2010 | 8:44 am

Screen shot 2010-06-29 at 8.43.51 AM.pngFrom the press release: OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), ... today announced a preliminary agreement with Disney Digital Books (www.disneydigitalbooks.com) that will enable libraries to offer access to Disney’s comprehensive library of books online. Young library patrons and their parents will be able to enjoy—for the first time—unlimited access to over 600 new and classic Disney books for kids of all ages with just an Internet-connection and library card. The extensive library features hundreds of digital books available at the click of a mouse, including favorites from popular Disney franchises such as Mickey Mouse, Toy Story, Disney Princess, Cars, and Hannah Montana, along...