Excerpt: If Amazon had wanted to go head-to-head with Apple a few years ago — a giant who enjoyed monopoly control over both the online music business and the market for related hardware like the iPod — it might have offered record labels the opportunity to cut a deal that would have guaranteed them higher prices, just as Apple has done with publishers and the agency-pricing model. And presumably Apple would have argued that it was trying to stimulate a burgeoning market, and Amazon would have protested to regulators about the horrible monopolist who was treating content producers so poorly.
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I’ll admit that I would have thought a few years ago that by the time we got to the point when more than a third of unit sales for major houses had gone digital — and perhaps more than half for fiction — that the future shape of the book business would be discernible. But, at least according to what I learned from one Big Six house last week, we have reached that level of ebook uptake and despite that, the business still looks very much as it has. It seems impossible to me that it will stay that way.
Opinion piece in the NYT - When a Parking Lot Is So Much More - by the author of ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking
Is it worth it to buy the paid version of an app if you can download another version for free? If you value your battery life, it very well could be.
The story became the show's most popular podcast, but many of the aspects are fabricated.
OverDrive gets loan of up to $1M from Ohio county with budget-challenged libraries: Taxpayers unwittingly encouraging online privatization of U.S. library system?
Full piece at LibraryCity.org
The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood (Vintage) is now available in paperback. It came out on March 6.
The Kindle Single is not a promising name. It sounds like a new kind of prefabricated fire log, or a type of person you might meet on the dating service eHarmony — perhaps a lonely independent bookstore owner put out of business by Amazon.com.
Full article in the NYT: Miniature E-Books Let Journalists Stretch Legs
Pinterest: Trouble in Pin Paradise Over Photo Copyrights
See page 3 of the newsletter of the Western Pennsylvania Law Library Association.
Book story on NPR:
Space exploration will create a thriving culture of innovation, says scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The book discussed on the NPR piece: Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
It is one of the more peculiar aspects of scholarly publishing that although everyone expects that academic books will find a place in libraries, no one knows how many books actually get there. This doesn’t mean that every scholarly book can be found in every library; far from it. Nor does it mean that the books found in libraries are in great demand (the common estimate is that 40% of all books in academic libraries never circulate, but I would like to see more evidence of this). The problem is simply that when a book is published, it is sent into the marketplace where a host of intermediaries move it along until it gets to the ultimate user. Those intermediaries may or may not let publishers know where the books end up. I am reminded of Longfellow:
I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where.
Two stories on the radio program "On the Media"
THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE'S 200TH ANNIVERSARY
This year, The New England Journal of Medicine, the longest, continuously running medical journal in the world, turns 200. Brooke talks to NEJM editor in Chief Dr. Jeffrey Drazen about how far the journal has come and its mistakes and successes.
THE CHANGING NATURE OF KNOWLEDGE IN THE INTERNET AGE
As knowledge moves onto the internet, the nature and shape of knowledge is changing to reflect the new medium. Brooke speaks to David Weinberger, author of Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room. He says knowledge used to be limited by capacity and filters, but not anymore.
Advertisers collect information with every digital move people make. They then target ads based on that information. Communications scholar Joseph Turow worries that advertisers will use such data to discriminate against people and put them into "reputation silos."
Full piece on NPR: How Companies Are 'Defining Your Worth' Online
Person interviewed is the author of: The Daily You: How the New Advertising Industry Is Defining Your Identity and Your Worth
Digital publishing is in its infancy, but bookmakers are finally embracing the enormous potential.
Two file-sharing websites have pulled their services offline, following an injunction
In the specialized field of sports art, Daniel Moore is well known for his paintings of the University of Alabama football team in action. But he soon may become similarly recognizable in legal circles as his fight against the university’s charge of copyright infringement heads to the Alabama Appeals Court.
Opinion piece in the NYT
Excerpt: EVERY day, those of us who live in the digital world give little bits of ourselves away. On Facebook and LinkedIn. To servers that store our e-mail, Google searches, online banking and shopping records. Does the fact that so many of us live our lives online mean we have given the government wide-open access to all that information?
Full opinion piece here:
Book review in the NYT of: The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith
Review: All-American Religion or Reason to Worry?
Subtitle of article: ‘The Mormon People,’ Matthew Bowman’s Timely Church History