Bloomberg Businessweek reports that in the latest development in the Google digital library case, Judge Chin has allowed class suits against the internet giant.
A federal judge granted class certification to authors challenging Google Inc. over its plans for the world's largest digital library Thursday, finding it more sensible to have a single legal action than scores of individual lawsuits. Judge Denny Chin said in a written ruling that class action is "more efficient and effective than requiring thousands of authors to sue individually." He added that requiring each author to sue Google would risk disparate results in nearly identical lawsuits and exponentially increase the cost of litigation.
James Daunt isn't a moron says blogger Agent Orange in the Bookseller's Futurebook, saying that: 'It is simple common sense to make a virtue out of a necessity and plant some flowers around it.'
He's just playing it as it lays. The stupid decision by Waterstones (which predates him by about four managerial boards) was when they failed to make the drive into digital at the beginning of the century. Is there any point in Waterstones continuing to invest in an online product that, even if it is as good as Amazon, has conceded far too much ground to ever be able to catch up? Who shops at waterstones.co.uk? There are two other major calculations to consider: how big is the e-book going to become? And how long will the consumer put up with the proprietary nonsense of the kindle.
Publishers should be proud of their legacy argues Stephen Page, CEO of Faber, in the Guardian: The word 'legacy' is becoming a term of abuse in the publishing revolution, but a long history of bringing great writing to committed readers is nothing to be ashamed of.
The near-Orwellian debate about "publishers bad, Amazon good" or "Amazon bad, publishers good" strikes me as symptomatic of the degree of revolution taking place in reading. Two recent articles in the Guardian by Barry Eisler and Nick Harkaway offered interesting perspectives, but more than the argument it was the language in both pieces that was striking. In any revolution, language matters. One powerful word in the digital revolution is "legacy". There is a conscious attempt to employ the word pejoratively, to suggest that existing media businesses %u2013 publishers, in the case of books %u2013 are going to fail to make the leap to a new world.
UK Publisher's Association Accuses British Library Of 'Tawdry Theft' For Supporting More Reasonable Copyright Techdirt argues the case against.
The UK Publisher's Association seems to be making sure it appears as out of touch and obsolete as possible these days. This is the same group that, a few months ago, announced that fair use would put a "chokehold on innovation" despite the fact that we've got plenty of experience with fair use in the US, and see no such chokehold due to it. The latest is that the Publisher's Association has apparently decided to go on the offensive (and I mean that in multiple ways), attacking all who call for more reasonable copyright laws -- including the British Library -- as defending "tawdry theft":
[PA chief executive Richard Mollet] attacked organisations such as the Open Rights Group, research councils and the British Library, who he said all to varying degrees wish to erode copyright, and the tactics of lobby groups, who have "the temerity to appropriate the language of freedom of expression as a cloak for their tawdry theft". He said it was "a grotesque attempt to draw moral equivalence between stealing someone's work and the struggle for political representation".
That's pretty funny, since it appears that he (and many others on his side) are the ones who are actually "appropriating" language in a ridiculous way -- such as referring to things like the public domain, open access and fair use as "stealing" or "tawdry theft."
An experienced American agent gives a personal view of the way she operates and works with authors.
'I still look for those properties that speak to me personally, and I still look to my network of editor relations to find the right place for them. And after that, everything else just follows.' Rosemary Stimola is founder and president of Stimola Literary Studio, a full service literary agency established in 1997, with the aim of representing authors and author/illustrators of fiction and nonfiction for preschool-aged children through young adults. Her clients include such award-winning and best-selling authors as Suzanne Collins, Matthew Cordell, Thanhha Lai and Tanya Lee Stone.
Reuters article which reports that Apple Inc is rejecting charges that it conspired to fix prices of electronic books, calling the U S government's antitrust lawsuit a "fundamentally flawed" endeavor that could discourage competition and harm consumers.
* Apple says strategy aids competition, helps consumers * US alleges collusion cost consumers millions of dollars * Apple says Steve Jobs comment on pricing mischaracterized * Three of five publishers have settled antitrust case By Jonathan Stempel May 23 (Reuters) - Apple Inc is rejecting charges that it conspired to fix prices of electronic books, calling the U.S. government's antitrust lawsuit a "fundamentally flawed" endeavor that could discourage competition and harm consumers.
'When you live and work on your own, as I do, writing takes a long time. You can keep producing shit and you're always wondering whether you should stop. I'm so glad I had friends who told me to keep going.'