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House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: Graphic Artists Guild, Owners’ Rights Initiative
June 3, 2014 | 5:04 am

oriPreviously in this series: House first sale doctrine hearing written testimony: John Wiley & Sons, ReDigi Here are two more documents from yesterday’s first sale hearing. Like yesterday’s pair, they’re a half-and-half split: one in favor of expanding first sale, the other concerned over what the implications might be. We begin with the concerned one. Graphic Artists Guild Writing on behalf of the Graphic Artists Guild, Ed Shems explains graphic artist concerns over the possible expansion of fair use in a 5-page PDF. Graphic artists, Shems explains, frequently license their work rather than selling it outright. This allows them to tailor their fees...

Weekend Roundup: Cover designs for books that don’t exist, how to write the perfect post, and more
July 7, 2013 | 9:00 am

Weekend RoundupCover designs for books that don't exist (but should) io9 As part of his Masters of Branding study at the School of Visual Arts, Tyler Adam Smith is creating 100 covers for books that should be written, from goofy snarks at popular authors to imagined sequels to beloved books. * * * As Competition Wanes, Amazon Cuts Back Discounts (NYT) Jim Hollock’s first book, a true-crime tale set in Pennsylvania, got strong reviews and decent sales when it appeared in 2011. Now “Born to Lose” is losing momentum — yet Amazon, to the writer’s intense frustration, has increased the price by nearly a third. * * * Reading, writing may...

Design Observer Announces the 50 Best Book Cover Designs of 2012
July 5, 2013 | 4:54 pm

book cover designsDesign Observer, a highly-regarded graphic design website operated by The Design Observer Group, has just announced "the winners of the 2012 Fifty Books/Fifty Covers show, organized by Design Observer in association with AIGA and Designers & Books." This competition, according to Design Observer, continues "a tradition that dates back to 1922, when the American Institute of Graphic Arts, then only six years old, mounted the first 'Fifty Books of the Year' exhibition." The winning covers can be seen here. From Digital Observer: "Designers and publishers are not just resigned to the new world but are actively challenging it. With information so readily accessible in digital...

Zombie apocalypse book a failure in e-book formatting
June 24, 2012 | 4:48 pm

deadinsideI found an article on BoingBoing the other day, about a zombie novel laid out in the form of a collection of found notes and letters that trace the rise of the epidemic and subsequent invasion. Mark Frauenfelder found Dead Inside: Do Not Enter: Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse in a running shoe store with a zombie-themed espresso bar, and it grabbed his attention enough to keep him reading it for an hour longer than he’d intended to stay at the shop. But what I thought was especially interesting was what I found in some of the user reviews...

What is to become of the book cover in the age of the e-book?
May 30, 2012 | 1:58 am

PrintCraig Mod, a writer and designer who was part of the original Flipboard app design team, has written a very interesting discussion of what book covers were originally meant to do, and what to do with “covers” in the age of the e-book. It’s a very long and thoughtful piece (with footnotes), and points out that covers came to be as they are because of function dictating form. Physical book covers exist for a reason, Mod writes, and that reason is to protect the book’s interior, but also to attract the reader’s attention and also to set expectations and...

iPad typography leaves something to be desired, says The FontFeed
April 9, 2010 | 4:01 pm

Table of Contents formatting Stephen Coles at The FontFeed has an article about what the iPad is missing. As you might guess from the name of the website, it is about the iPad’s typography and font selections. Coles dislikes the way that iBooks uses full justification with no hyphenation, causing wide gaps and “rivers” in text displays on-screen, and lacks proper handling of widows, orphans, and line breaks. (Liz Castro of the “Pigs, Gourds and Wikis” blog has an article about formatting problems with a number of books in iBooks, from which Cole took one of his screenshots.) I definitely have to agree that such...