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Weekend Roundup: Reading Rainbow raises $6M. Google vs Kobo
July 6, 2014 | 11:54 am

reading rainbowHM Ward on Literary Agents and the Indie Author Industry (GoodeReader) Even though the “indie author revolution” and self-publishing as a valid form of content distribution are currently enjoying a never-before-seen rate of success and acceptance, the landscape itself is still evolving as players from every aspect of the industry still work through the system. *** Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Raises $6 Million With Help from Seth McFarlane (NY Daily News) LeVar Burton announced Wednesday that the literacy project raised a total of $6.4 million in five weeks. *** eBook Stores: Google vs Kobo (Sydney Morning Herald) E-books make it easy to carry around an entire library in...

Appeals court rules HathiTrust book scanning is fair use
June 10, 2014 | 3:43 pm

Ars Technica reports that the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled on the HathiTrust case, the legal sibling to the Google Books lawsuit. HathiTrust is the organization of university libraries that provided books to Google for scanning purposes in return for receiving copies for themselves. A Federal judge ruled HathiTrust to be fair use in October, 2012, and now the appeals court has upheld that ruling (PDF). The court found that, in scanning the books but not making their full text available (save to handicapped users, who have a special exemption under copyright law), the libraries were...

New author advocacy group Authors Alliance seeks to counterbalance Authors Guild on fair use issues
May 14, 2014 | 11:28 am

Origin 5142014 112418 AM.bmpA group of writers and copyright experts concerned over Authors Guild overreach has formed its own new author advocacy group, the Authors Alliance, to advocate in favor of fair use of works. Publishers Weekly has a fairly long interview with one of its directors, law professor Pamela Samuelson of the UC Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. (Samuelson’s name has popped up a few times on TeleRead as one of the critics of the proposed Google Books settlement and the Authors Guild’s role in it, and an organizer of the Berkeley Digital Library Copyright Project.) The Authors...

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 Links: Self-publishing is going to get bigger. Using samples for discoverability and more
March 13, 2014 | 9:00 am

self-publishingThe Business Rusch: Samples (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) I write a lot of short stories. I love them, which is one reason I write them. I also write short stories as a means to world-build my novels. *** Transformative or just taking? Lawyers struggle to define fair use in wake of Google Books case (GigaOM) The idea of “fair use” provides a critical exception to copyright law for artists, journalists and others. Increasingly, courts are asking if the new use is “transformative” – does this make sense? *** Self-Publishing is Just Going to Get Bigger, Embrace it (Brave New World) Some claim that by 2020 50% of all...

Morning Roundup: Getting the Most Out Of New eReaders, Google Books Appeal Filed
December 30, 2013 | 9:00 am

Google Books appealHow to Get the Most Out of Your New eReader (GoodeReader) Today, we look at some of the great websites out there to aid you in your literary endeavors and look at some cool services that will get you the most out of your e-reader. *** Author's Guild Files Appeal in Google Books Lawsuit (The Digital Reader) Never one to give up on a fight, the Authors Guild filed a new appeal last week in the Google Books lawsuit. *** Konrath's Publishing Predictions 2014 (Joe Konrath) I've been looking to the future, wondering what is going to happen next, and I've got a few equally wild ideas. *** Facebook...

Morning Roundup: Retina iPad Mini vs iPad Air, Google Book Scanning Decision is Correct and more
November 15, 2013 | 9:00 am

Google Book ScanningWhatever You Think of Google as a Company, The Book Scanning Decision is the Right One (GigaOM) The Authors Guild has argued that Google’s book-scanning project is copyright infringement on a massive scale, but the benefits of having millions of books digitized and searchable clearly outweighs the dangers of that infringement. *** Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display vs iPad Air (GoodeReader) Welcome to yet another installment of the Good e-Reader Video Comparison Series! Today we check out the Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display and the Apple iPad Air. Over the course of the video we check out the reading experience with eBooks,...

Judge Chin dismisses suit over Google Books mass scanning as fair use, setting stage for appeal
November 14, 2013 | 8:26 pm

Juli already mentioned the big news of the day: Google has prevailed in the Authors Guild’s copyright case against it for scanning millions of books for its Google Books project. Judge Chin determined that Google Books constituted a fair use, granted Google’s motion for a summary judgment, and dismissed the case. But let’s look at the background a little. This ruling comes a few months after an appeals court ruled back at the beginning of July that Judge Chin needed to hold up on deciding whether the Authors Guild could claim class action status and look at the fair...

Judge Dismisses Authors’ Case Against Google Books
November 14, 2013 | 4:09 pm

google booksWell, the lengthy legal battle over Google Books may be coming to a close. According to cNet, U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin in New York rejected authors' arguments against digitizing books without copyright holder permission, and he granted Google's motion for summary judgment. I'm sure Chris Meadows will chime in on this since he's more up on copyright law and this sort of thing than I am, but I did find this quote interesting: In my view, Google Books provides significant public benefits. It advances the progress of the arts and sciences, while maintaining respectful consideration for the rights of authors and other...

Android defragmentation via Google Play Services: Implications for e-books?
September 3, 2013 | 11:56 am

An excellent post by  Ron Amadeo on Ars Technica encapsulates Google's changes to software upgrade procedures and rollouts of new generations of Android. Amadeo's thesis—and while unsupported by specific comment from Google, it's pretty hard to refute—is that Google has given up on trying to dragoon all its OEMs into updating Android on their multitude of devices—often with their own in-house skins—and instead is going for incremental upgrades to the Android ecosystem through the back door. The back door in this case is Google Play Services. As Amadeo says: "It has its own silent, automatic update mechanism that the user has no control...

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...

Book Review: Yesterday’s Classics E-Book Collection
August 27, 2013 | 8:09 pm

Yesterday's ClassicsIt's my last week of summer vacation, and I'll be spending it planning for the coming school year. I have been delighted to find a growing niche of publishers that are targeting the back-to-school market with specialized e-book collections, and this e-book collection comes from one such publisher. Yesterday's Classics is part of a website called The Baldwin Project, which formats children's classics and offers them in print, via email subscription, or online as a plain-text website or interactive learning portal. The first 225 releases are available in Mobi or ePub, in a bundle that they were kind enough to provide for me to...