Google Books case tests the limits of copyright law

Google Books case tests the limits of copyright law
Christian Science Monitor
By Husna Haq / August 7, 2012. Google says it has permission to copy the works in question through fair use, while the Authors Guild says Google's use of books is purely financial and so not covered by fair use. ... That index provides a wealth of new information, allowing a user to find every book monitoring a particular topic or using a particular phrase together with up to three short snippets of text showing the context in which that term appears,” Google wrote in a response to the judge. In an emailed statement to ...

Christian Science Monitor 

Amazon UK E-Book Sales Surpass Print
PC Magazine
Now it seems that trend has made its way across the pond, as Amazon's U.K. arm just announced that British readers are also buying more e-books than any other format. In the past, European consumers have been saddled with a reputation that paints them ...

Authors Guild Seeks $2 Billion From Google for Book Scanning
Wired News
Google in 2004 made a deal with several universities to scan their libraries, without the rights holders' permission, and make “snippets” of those books available online via Google's search engine. The Mountain View, California, search giant was subsequently...

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A Kids Book Author Takes On Bullying
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Today marks the release of Newbury award-winning children's author Rebecca Stead's third middle-grade book “Liar & Spy.” Though it's told from the point of view of a seventh-grade boy and the author has 11 and 14 year old sons, she said that she doesn't ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Amazon Announces Ebooks Now Outsell Print Books in UK
Amazon has also experienced a boost from indie authors eager to self-publish their work. The company says it has experienced a 400% increase in authors using Kindle Direct Publishing in the past 12 months. Those lamenting the death of literature may find ...

Ebooks Now Outselling Physical Books on Amazon UK
Tom's Hardware Guide
If you cast your mind back to May of 2011, you might remember Amazon announcing that it was officially selling more ebooks than paperback and hardback books in the United States. At the time, company said it was selling 105 Kindle books for every 100 ...

Children's book illustrator attacked in Mass. home
Sacramento Bee
An award-winning children's book illustrator is recovering after an attack in her Massachusetts home by a shovel-wielding teenager. Jane Dyer tells The Daily Hampshire Gazette ( the 14-year-old boy entered her Cummington home on July ...

Amazon UK Kindle Digital Books Outsell Print Versions
According to Amazon, Kindle digital book sales surpassed the sales of hardbackbooks alone in the UK in May of 2011. ... “As a result of the success of Kindle, we're selling more books than ever before on behalf of authors and publishers. ... Fifty Shades of Grey series, is the best selling Kindle author and Kindle readers buy four times the number of books they did before owning one, according to other data." - yep, not every girl here wants to be seen reading that poorly written smut. ebooks outsell paperback - so true ...


Authors Guild Asks For $750 For Every Book Google Scans; While Google ...
As the Authors Guild and Google fight for summary judgment in the case over the legality of its bookscanning, the authors have asked for $750 per book. As I write this, their actual filing is not available yet, though I imagine it will be soon and I'll add it here.

Amazon starts renting out printed textbooks
Los Angeles Times
Amazon said the fees it's charging to rent the print books represent savings of up to 70% compared with retail purchase prices. The digital rental prices are often a bit lower. For example, the 2011 textbook "Intermediate ... But if a book is returned with "excessive writing or highlighting," the student can be charged the full price of the book, minus rental fees already paid, and the book is shipped back to the customer to keep. Other signs of unacceptable use: water damage, broken binding, torn or taped cover, fire ...

College Students Rejoice! Amazon Now Rents Textbooks, Too
Business Insider
Amazon ships the book and at the end of the rental period, students return the bookwith a free prepaid, printable label. If you rent enough of ... However Kno specializes ine-books that are read with an iPad app or a Web browser. And the rental business isn't...

Business Insider

Subject of Katrina book in trouble again
San Francisco Chronicle
His post-Katrina plight was the focus of the 2009 book "Zeitoun" by Dave Eggers, one of the most well-received chronicles of the storm. On Monday, Zeitoun again wore a jail uniform as he sat on a courtroom bench surrounded by other inmates. But this time ...

'Fifty Shades of Grey' author creates classical album
EMI Classics has announced it will release Fifty Shades of Grey - The Classical Album, a 15-track album featuring classical music personally selected by author E. L. James and referenced in the best-selling Fifty Shades trilogy. EMI says the music "aims to provide the ... Says James in the announcement: "I am thrilled that the classical pieces that inspired me while I wrote the Fifty Shades Trilogy are being brought together in one collection for all lovers of the books to enjoy." The album will be available in the U.S. and ...


E-book publishers save costs, but marketing still essential
When authors self-publish, they have complete control over their pricing strategy, she explained.Authors also do not have to worry about the high cost of physically printing book titles as well the associated shipping costs, since e-books can be downloaded anywhere at any time, So it is cheaper to publish digitally, she added. It is also simpler ... Career blogger Penelope Trunk, for instance, published her book "The New American Dream" directly on e-book through independentpublisher Hyperink. In a blog post last ... Helps Crowdsource Book Events
Huffington Post
... Togather Book Events, Starting August 6th, authors will be able to plan their readings, book launches and other events using a crowdsourcing site called The site ... Stephen Elliot, the Editor-in-Chief of The Rumpus and the author of eight books said, "I didn't want to travel thousands of miles to read to 10 people... then spend the night in a cheap hotel room." The aim of is to combat the (perhaps deservedly) negative stereotype that ...

Teen allegedly attacks children's book illustrator inside her Massachusetts home
Fox News
CUMMINGTON, Mass. – An award-winning children's book illustrator is recovering after an attack in her home by a shovel-wielding teenager. ... Dyer has illustrated several children's books including the "Cookies" series by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Print; Email ...

3 Amazing Literary Pilgrimages (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post (blog)
What remains for each of us to experience are the places holding the memories of our most belovedauthors, where we can see what they saw, envision their thoughts turning into words on a page, and develop the inspiration for our own writing. I have recently ... Over the course of my two and half week stay in England, I was able to experience the wonders of a literary pilgrimage, of the magnificence in visiting the homes of writers who have influenced not only modern literature, but my own writing. Hiking through the ...

Readers and Eaters
Chicago Tribune
We are all avid readers who also like to include treats based on the theme of the featured book. We meet in a variety of places, go on field trips and plan at least two weekend get-aways per year. We also like to go to movies or plays based on bookswe have ...

Chicago Tribune

'Harry Potter' tops NPR list of 100 favorite teen novels
Los Angeles Times
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series tops NPR's list of 100 favorite teen novels: That's the entire set of seven books, from "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" to "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." NPR announced the list ... There are at least three Los Angeles-based authors who made the top 100: Ned Vizzini, with his book "It's Kind of a Funny Story," Ransom Riggs with "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," and Francesca Lia Block, author of the Weetzie Bat series. If you're in L.A. and on the list, please ...

Kindle e-book sales overtake printed books in the UK
... e-book sales overtake printed books in the UK. Amazon announces customers are now buying more e-books than hardback and paper books ... This is because Kindle allows authors to self-publish through Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and earn up to 70% royalties from the books they sell. “As a result of the success of Kindle, we're ... E.L. James is the best selling author in the Kindle Store at, having sold over two million Kindle books in just four months. Among the top 10 most popular authors of ...

Art imitates life
The book's central character is Desdemona Hart Spaulding, daughter of the theater's owner. A talented painter who ... In 2006, she committed to a full-length narrative, finishing “Cascade” in late 2010 and securing a book deal four months later. She left her ...

Fatal Shore author Robert Hughes dies at 74
Sydney Morning Herald
Feminist academic Eva Cox, who with Hughes was a member of the Sydney Push - a group of intellectuals - said the author was "an innovative and creative writer even as a young man". "I think he was that who was prepared to speak up and talk up.

Sydney Morning Herald

Two local authors tell new stories about the Civil War
Washington Post (blog)
He is author or editor of twenty-four books, including his 2008 book, "Lincoln and His Admirals: Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy, and the Civil War," that won the Lincoln Prize and the Abraham Lincoln Institute Book Award. Close. Professor .... A Virginia and a Maryland author are each scheduled to speak this week about their recently published books contributing new information about the Civil War, a sometimes difficult undertaking when there are already more than 75000 otherbooks on the subject. Carl Sell of ...

Girl Scouts collect books for storm-damaged school
Sacramento Bee
Four central Kentucky Girl Scouts have delivered 4272 books they collected to a school in eastern Kentucky that was destroyed last spring by a tornado. The Lexington Herald-Leader ( reports librarian Frances Gulley received them with ...

Authors Guild seeks $750 per book from Google
Wall Street Journal
NEW YORK — The Authors Guild says Google Inc. should pay $750 per copyrighted book in its digital library. The group is making the demand in New York federal court. It says Google should fork over that amount for books it has reproduced, distributed or ...

Local Publisher Opens Doors to New Authors
JoHazel Publishing does not pay royalties because the authors' are independent business owners of their own books. We can assist them in the complete publishing process or we can do only one part of the process, like design a book cover or produce a ...

Scholars Hope to Revive Work of Thomas Browne, Expert on Oblivion
New York Times
That this doctor's name — Thomas Browne — no longer keeps company, at least in America, with those of Shakespeare, Chaucer and other architects of the language would have come as a great disappointment to a multitude of other authors who revered ... (The New Directions book, with a cover by the designer Rodrigo Corral, looks like a Minimalist painting and has shown up in unlikely places; the store at the New Museum on the Lower East Side of Manhattan carries it, alongsidebooks about contemporary ...

Google records show book scanning was aimed at Amazon ...
By Jeff John Roberts
The new facts come at a time when the long running case between Google and the Authors Guild is heading to an end game. Google E-Books Icon photo: Google. Google has so far spent more than $180 million on book scanning and, at the ...

Stephen King's all-author rock band plays swan song on 'The Late ...
By Josh Rottenberg
But being great was never really the point — it was about momentarily indulging their fantasies of rock-star glory and raising money for various literary organizations. In June, in the wake of the death of their founder, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, the ...

10 Literary Devices, And Where You Can Find Them in Science Fiction
By Annalee Newitz
... that make a story work. But these "literary devices" don't just show up in classical drama and Anglo-Saxon poetry. They also show up in today's science fiction. Here are ten literary devices you've already seen in movies or on TV, perhaps without even realizing it. ... This kind of writing is called "stream of consciousness" because the author is trying to structure it the way our sometimes-random thoughts are, rather than in the orderly way stories are usually written. 10 Literary Devices ...

The Consumerist » Amazon To Annoy Even More Book Stores With ...
By Chris Morran
The online behemoth has long been hated by many bricks-and-mortar booksellers for the hugely discounted prices it charges on books and other items traditionally sold in book stores. And then there's Amazon's Kindle e-book reader which some stores blame for dropping sales. Now Amazon..... I wouldn't know, I was too busy getting my Master's degree while working full-time, although according to P1fDT, I'm a drooling, illiterate idiot because I like e-books in addition to paper books.
The Consumerist

The Millions : The Great Taxonomy of Literary Tumblrs: Round Two
By Nick Moran
In that regard, some shout outs are in order: Picador Book Room (and its “Sunday Sontags”) has become a favorite of The Millions' social media team; The Strand made its way onto the blogging platform and we're all better because of it; Poetry Magazine continues to draw .... Publishers (Big Six) — Note: Many of these blogs are used by the imprint or publisher's marketing team, but you'll find that some of the most successful publisher Tumblrs are getting more focused and specific.
The Millions

El Libro Que No Puede Esperar: Book printed with disappearing ink ...
By Natt Garun
If you're curious to know what that world would be like, Argentinean publisher Eterna Cadencia might be scaring us into this mentality with a new book design that utilizes a sense of expiration. Prepackaged in a sealed, airlock bag, the ... From our interpretation, the design seems like a statement to the disappearing value of books since it can no longer be physically shared between people and instead, sent to one another in electronic forms. It's also interesting to think about it from an ...

New Book Alleges That Voter Fraud Could Be Responsible For ...
By Noah Rothman
An upcoming book which examines the 2008 Minnesota Senate election in which Sen. Al Franken won a seat in the upper chamber of Congress by the narrowest of margins alleges that the election could have gone differently had it not been ...

Book News: Twain on Film, the Wisdom of Kids' Books : The New ...
By Rachel Arons
Are e-books killing book covers? Carol Wallace on how “Downton Abbey” gave new life to her book“To Marry an English Lord.” Maria Konnikova on what adults can learn from children's books. “There is nothing there. Stripped down, Ulysses.

Paperback Writer: Book Drop Results #1
By Lynn Viehl
This required the test subjects to tell me what sort of story they most liked to read, and then me sending them a book without telling them in advance the title or author. The first results are in, and here's what happened with my book drop for DeeCee. ... In my e-mail to DeeCee, I also mentioned this: You were the toughest of my book drop winners to choose for, mainly because I think you and I read a lot of the same books. I am psychic, it seems, as this was DeeCee's response when the ...
Paperback Writer

Melville House Books » A nation of (book)shopkeepers?
By Melville House
“One of the biggest screw-ups in the history of book retail”? SLIDE SHOW: When ... We have been selling books from this location since 1879 and whilst we are part of a chain (of mainly campus bookshops) we consider ourselves independent.
Melville House Books

Babbo's Books Raising Money to Save Bookstore Cat - GalleyCat
By Jason Boog
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is looking for a Publicist- LBYR. next job Candlewick Press is looking for a Publishing Technologies Specialist. next job Penguin Group (USA) is looking for a Publicity Manager-Penguin Press. see all ...

Rediscover the Magic of Books With Libriomancer | GeekDad - Wired
Author Jim C. Hines, who tackled the typical dungeon adventure from a new point of view in his Jig the Goblin series, and demolished damsels-in-distress tropes ...

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