Non-writing related, however if H.R. 3261 does pass, it will most certainly effect the way you consume your media, books included.
While the Stop Online Piracy Act sounds like it might be a good thing, it really isn’t. It puts the ability to censor websites and their content in the hands of major corporations and the enforcement of such in the hands of third-party ISP’s, completely foregoing legal due-process for any who might be targeted. [...]
Can’t make sense of the NFL or NBA lockout situations or their implications? You’re not alone. Hard caps. TV revenues. Guaranteed money. These are hardly the battle cries of a typical labor dispute.
Well, maybe that’s because pro sports franchises really aren’t you’re typical business. In fact Malcolm Gladwell argues: they aren’t really businesses at [...]
i love frequent Atlantic contributor Sandra Tsing Loh. She has the uncanny ability to nail, succinctly, the slices of the pie that make up our culture. This is from her “Classed Dismissed” [...]
Right now I’m reading a double economic doozy, Raj Patel’s “The Value of Nothing” and David Walker’s “Comeback America.” For all our pomp, wealth and ego we’ve allowed our leaders to guide us into an economic minefield…and they don’t have a map or the brains to get us out. [...]
Hit the jump to see the good doctor, Raj Patel author of two best selling, hard hitting, socially conscious [...]
The U.S. Department of Justice has weighed in on the Google Book Settlement saying that currently, it violates the Sherman Act. This is probably the death nail for this sucker in its current form. Although both sides say they will continue negotiating, many are wondering who they are negotiating for, as many of the stakeholders/rightsholders [...]
Thanks to true grassroots activism on the part of authors everywhere, the House Judiciary sub-committee is looking into the legality of the snowjob “Settlement” proposed by Google and the Author’s Guild. Marybeth Peters, of the U.S. Register of Copyrights, dealt a terrible blow to the deal in her opening comments saying the Settlement was “fundamentally at odds with the [...]
As the deadline for the Google Book Settlement opt out, as negotiated by the Author’s Guild, nears, all authors need to be aware of their (lack of) rights regarding this settlement. In my opinion, this is a terrible deal for authors and artists in general as it had not punished Google for illegally copying books and gives them license in to future to continue doing so. [...]
This week Barnes and Noble has launched its eBook site, offering 700,000 titles at start. While Amazon and its Kindle continue to struggle, mostly because of proprietary format issues, B&N will allow its books to be read on the industry standard ePub format. The ePub format works on a variety of devices, from your iPhone [...]
If you’ve been following the revolutionary way that online giant Scribd.com has sought to change publishing, more than likely you’ve heard this on going drama about Wired’s editor-in-chief Chris Anderson’s new book, “Free”. A book that attempts to quantify the idea of free in the digital [...]