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Why own media when you can rent the library?
April 30, 2015 | 2:51 pm

eatIs ownership of media passé? Over the last few years, I’ve noticed an interesting trend develop. It started with music, as “all-you-can-eat” services like Pandora and Spotify popped up to offer users a chance to listen to as much music as they wanted either free with advertising, or for a small monthly fee. Amazon, Google, and Apple soon followed suit. Then came video, as the holy trinity of Netflix, Hulu, and (again) Amazon launched streaming video services for television and movies. Next, it moved into e-books, with Oyster, Scribd, and, yes, Amazon launching services. (Amazon doesn’t seem...

Aloe Blacc story shows songwriters may be worse off than writers for online royalties
November 9, 2014 | 3:26 pm

Authors grumbling over their royalty deals: Spare a thought for Aloe Blacc, part creator of "the biggest song in streaming history," vocalist and tunesmith for the song behind Avicii's "Wake Me Up!", whichis credited with 168 million streams across various platforms. For that, Aloe Blacc has received the princely sum of $4000. Aloe Blacc complains of the parlous situation of songwriters compared to other creatives. "By law, we have to let any business use our songs that asks, so long as they agree to pay a rate that, more often than not, was not set in a free market. We don’t have...

Are there lessons from Spotify on eBook subscription services?
September 30, 2014 | 3:25 pm

spotifyFor years people have been telling the publishing industry to look at the music industry for lessons learned on piracy, DRM and other issues. eBook subscription services have obviously been one area in which publishing has paid attention, with services like Scribd, Oyster, Kindle Unlimited and others, like the new Readfy service in Germany popping up and expanding their offerings. I've been following the growth of reading subscription services, and I do wonder about their long-term money making prospects, which is why I was interested to see two stories cross my Twitter stream this morning. The first was the announcement that Spotify...

Oyster Launches ‘Spotify for e-books’
September 5, 2013 | 4:40 pm

We've known it was coming. Someone was going to finally launch an "all-you-can-eat" plan for e-books, and no, the Kindle Lending Library wasn't it. Today, Oyster launches with its subscription service and app for the iPhone. iPad and other platforms are "coming soon." So far, it looks good. They say they have over 100,000 e-book titles available from publishers such as HarperCollins, Workman, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Smashwords. I've been meaning to get my own books into more stores, and I have planned to research Smashwords vs. Draft2Digital and make a decision. Oyster could make me lean heavily toward Smashwords, once...

Morning Roundup: What Amazon Owes the World
August 12, 2013 | 10:00 am

Shrewd Tips for Book Publicity (Digital Book World) Ebooks are available up to four months earlier than their print counterparts. Those digital editions can be delivered to the media for review or story research very swiftly and without the delays of printing and shipping. -- New Spotify for Books to Launch Soon in Netherlands (The Digital Reader) The Dutch publishing group WPG Uitgevers is reportedly looking into launching an ebook subscription service in that country. Details are still scarce, but this service is said to be under development in partnership with the Flemish publisher Lannoo. ...

Why We Pirate, and Why We Don’t
March 15, 2013 | 1:05 pm

pirateOne of the anti-DRM arguments people often make is that if you make it easy enough for people to buy content legitimately, they won't need to pirate anymore. Here is a case study in favor of that argument: Thorin Kiosowski over at Lifehacker has a great essay up about why he stopped pirating media and started paying for it legitimately. Kiosowski begins by explaining why he pirated to begin with, namely that at the time, 'legit' digital media was confusing, expensive and failed to provide a good experience. He then lists three things that changed his mind:  He stopped feeling the need to own...

Spotify now available on Kindle Fire
August 7, 2012 | 6:37 pm

I've never been much of an app freak, but Spotify is one of the few services that seems to nearly always be running on my home laptop. And while I haven't yet tried out the Spotify app on my new Android phone (it's also available on Androids tabs, natch), the Verge points out today that the Kindle Fire is the latest addition to the Spotify party: "Fire owners [now have] access to the standard fleet of Spotify features like offline listening, Facebook integration, and access to the service's huge catalog of songs—assuming you're signed up for the $9.99 per month Spotify Premium...

24 Symbols co-founder explains why publishers should consider an e-book subscription service
July 19, 2011 | 12:07 pm

And speaking of cloud-based subscription models for e-reading, Publishing Perspectives has another company-founder-written column. Justo Hidalgo, co-founder of 24Symbols (which we covered here and here), writes about the cloud-based subscription model of his company and how he believes it can turn pirates into paying customers. Hidalgo points out that the music and movie industries have shown that trying to fight piracy is a fairly futile, and that pirates are usually dedicated fans who want more control over the way they consume their media. (Which makes sense, really—why would you pirate something you didn’t want?) He thinks that publishers...

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