John Dishon's Blog – May 2009 Archive (5)

Self-publishing finds commercial niche in digital age

http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/may/22/self-publishing-finds-commercial-niche-in-digital-/





Some cherry-picked quotes:



On Tuesday, the bibliographic information company Bowker released statistics showing that last year, for the first time, more books were released by on-demand publishers than by traditional ones.



Traditional publishers…
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Added by John Dishon on May 23, 2009 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Harvard prof tells judge that P2P filesharing is "fair use"

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/05/harvard-prof-tells-judge-that-p2p-filesharing-is-fair-use.ars



It's a pretty ballsy position. For sure this will be a case to keep an eye on if you're interested in the future of intellectual property rights.



From the article: "Should Nesson win, he will essentially legalize the sharing of all digital… Continue

Added by John Dishon on May 20, 2009 at 12:59pm — 2 Comments

Amazon Encore

"Even great books can be overlooked. And authors with great potential often struggle to connect with the larger audience they deserve to reach. We’re fortunate at Amazon.com to have customers who know a good book when they read one, so we've introduced AmazonEncore to help connect authors and their books with more readers.



AmazonEncore is a new program whereby Amazon will use information such as customer reviews on Amazon.com to identify exceptional, overlooked books and authors…
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Added by John Dishon on May 15, 2009 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

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