The Right Place for Rights

Deal or no deal? That’s always the most common — and the most important — question at the Frankfurt Book Fair. For the hundreds of publishers, agents and organizations who will attend the world’s largest gathering of executives in the book industry, successful deal-making hangs on the fortunes of local markets and the future direction […]

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Antitrust For Amazon?

The federal government has long been in the printing business – think of all those regulations – but until recently, it’s stayed out of the book business. That all changed, of course, when the Dept. of Justice sued Apple and publishers over e-book price-fixing The role of the feds may grow further, though, if some […]

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Knowledge Governance Calls For Information Balance

Across the globe, politicians and pundits trumpet the knowledge economy, but few have ever bothered to examine with any rigor the success-to-failure ratio of national and international intellectual property law and regulations. Arguing that private and public interests are critically out of balance, Leonardo Burlamaqui advocates for a shakeout in the knowledge industries and creation […]

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Publishing Jobs Survey for 2014

If you’ve got a job in publishing in 2014, you’re working longer hours than last year, and your paycheck isn’t growing very fast. But according to a recent industry survey, you’re probably smiling, all the same. “The average number of hours worked per week rose last year to 47, up from 45 in 2012. Some […]

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Copyright Answers In Your Pocket

If you’re confused about copyright, then you’re beginning to understand the problem. Yet when facing a thorny question on ownership, rights, licenses and enforcement, the answers now fit in a back pocket. From the basics of copyright protection to the challenges of the digital environment, the Pocket Copyright Guide for Publishers has 122 concise and […]

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Throwing Elbows in Book World

Over the last several years, the book world has seen its real estate contract, as much a result of the loss of bookstore chains and the rise of e-retailers as consolidation moves among publishers. In such a world grown small, any move by one player impacts many others. A war for online book sales, for […]

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E-Readers Dead Or Alive?

An auspicious setting and the unveiling of a possibly revolutionary device – it could be a make or break moment in the company’s history. No, we’re not speaking of tomorrow’s much anticipated announcement by Apple from the very same venue in Cupertino where Steve Jobs dramatically unwrapped the Macintosh exactly 30 years ago. Instead this was New York City, […]

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Changes Hit Penguin Random House Leadership

Penguin and Random House began sharing a single corporate roof in July 2013, and while it’s taken a bit of time, housecleaning has started. “The transformation of editorial operations at Penguin Random House has begun in earnest with creation of the new Penguin Publishing Group, which will house all of Penguin’s adult imprints and be overseen by Madeline McIntosh, […]

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Give Peace A Chance In E-Book Price Fight

As Hachette and Amazon continue to battle over e-book pricing, the case is sometimes made that “books are different” than cars or soap. In the US, of course, books are treated no differently than any other good when it comes to sales and marketing. Across Europe, though, many nations have laws that control pricing, restrict […]

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Best of BTB: Ending World War Copyright

The creative industries – and the technology companies that carry their content – may share a common customer, but little else. Where it comes to copyright law, their differences have often flared into open war. Technology companies dream of rewriting copyright law to free up content; and content creators search for ways to employ technology […]

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