Riggio Portfolio Shrinks

Riggio Portfolio Shrinks

He may have bookselling in his blood, but Len Riggio, founder of the Barnes & Noble bookstore chain, now has a lot less of it in his stock portfolio. “This week, we learned that Riggio had sold 3.7 million shares of B&N stock, dropping his stake in the company to about 20 percent,” reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers […]

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Self-Published Authors: Amateurs or Professionals?

Self-Published Authors: Amateurs or Professionals?

For everyone from romance writers to cookbook creators, self-publishing today is easier and more affordable than ever. Certainly, the book-reading public has embraced “the selfie,” and along the way, they’ve made bestselling authors of writers who’ve boldly chosen to publish their own works. Amanda Hocking, Hugh Howey, and even E.L. James, began their rise to […]

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Getting Over The Book

Getting Over The Book

When was the last time you heard that print is dead? Probably it’s been a while. As it turns out, print and digital will co-habit in the book business for some time yet to come. Indeed, earlier this week, a BBC reporter told an important gathering of book publishers something potentially even more alarming: It’s […]

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The Future Is Already Here

The Future Is Already Here

Conferences on copyright and the creative industries can leave the impression that copyright has a lot of catching up to do – at least when it comes to technology. At OnCopyright2014, sponsored by Copyright Clearance Center, a panel discussion aimed at providing advance notice on what authors, publishers and other creators can expect in days to […]

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Millions Of Reasons To Like Apple Case Ruling

Millions Of Reasons To Like Apple Case Ruling

E-book readers may soon have 500 million reasons to like a pair of rulings in Judge Denise Cote’s Manhattan federal courtroom this week. The only question is, “how soon?” Moving to the “damages” phase of Apple’s e-book price-fixing case, Judge Cote granted class action status in the state and consumer cases, while she rejected allowing […]

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Britt Mueller

Information in the Enterprise

From a world of content organized by news headlines and journal abstracts, business is moving into a universe of data that has potential to reveal insights and yield great discoveries. For San Diego-based Qualcomm, which has grown from seven individuals meeting in a den in 1985 to a world-leading provider of wireless technology and services, the […]

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New Battlefront for Ebooks Case?

New Battlefront for Ebooks Case?

In a federal courtroom this week, Judge Denise Cote took on a potential new front in the ongoing e-book antitrust battle. Once again, the claim is e-book price-fixing, though this time the plaintiffs are e-book retailers who say their businesses suffered when Apple and several major publishers sought to lock out price competition. “Both the publishers […]

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The Web at 25

The Web at 25

“Vague, but exciting.”  So wrote Mike Sendall in March 1989 when responding to a proposal for creation of a new kind of computer network presented to CERN, the high-energy physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. Sendall managed coordination of CERN’s vast computer power, and he had been gently encouraging a colleague who had conceived of a […]

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McQuivey On Innovations That Work

McQuivey On Innovations That Work

From disruptive innovation to legislative evolution, the copyright conversation is getting plenty of attention.  On Wednesday, April 2, at the New York Academy of Sciences, journalists, filmmakers, and musicians join media moguls and intellectual property attorneys at OnCopyright 2014 to share ideas on the question that’s on everyone’s mind – what’s next? For the show’s opening panel, Innovations That Work, […]

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A Settlement For Google & Viacom

A Settlement For Google & Viacom

How many people watch SpongeBob SquarePants every week? The answer depends on the definition of “watch.” SpongeBob is just one of many television programs owned by or under license with Viacom, a global media conglomerate. The popularity of its characters is measured today not only by Nielsen ratings, but also by YouTube views – and thereby hangs […]

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