Archive | April, 2009

BTB #95: Watching ‘Old’ and ‘New’ Media Blur

Turns out, journalism is journalism no matter where you find it. As Rebecca Fox of Mediabistro, the inside-the-media blogging leader, explains, “We do the kind of original reporting that is held to the same standards as newspaper coverage.” Fox chatted with Chris Kenneally at a break in the action during last weekend’s Round Table Writers […]

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BTB #94: Publishing Has A Future? Yes!, Says ‘Round Table’ Panel

On Saturday, April 25, Beyond the Book’s Chris Kenneally moderated the closing panel of the annual New York Round Table Writers Conference. The audience were treated to crystal ball readings and insights on technology, marketing and business models from Paul Biba, Laura Dawson, Jeff Rivera, and Mike Shatzkin. Make no mistake: It is an earthquake […]

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As May 5 Nears, Hear From Expert On Google Settlement

On June 11, 2009, a federal court will hold a fairness hearing to review the proposed settlement of lawsuits brought by U.S. authors and publishers against Google for its unauthorized scanning and use of in-copyright books as part of the Google Library Project. Rightsholders affected by the class-action settlement have until May 5, 2009 to […]

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BTB #93: Advice and Caution When ‘Harvesting Cultural Materials’

More an environmental landmark than collection of artifacts, the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum that is emerging on the edge of downtown Oklahoma City has surprising lessons to teach on content ownership and re-use. “We’re harvesting cultural materials, stories, imagery,” AICCM’s Shoshana Wasserman tells Chris Kenneally. “We approach that in a very respectful manner, […]

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BTB #92: Better ‘Partners’ Than ‘Parents’

Stephen Kerr buys and sells publishing companies, and business is booming even in these hard times, he tells Chris Kenneally. He also has some advice for publishers about their prime assets: their authors. “It should be a partnership, but it’s been more of a paternal relationship between the publisher and their children, the authors.”

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BTB #91: ‘Indie’ Rules Come to Publishing

In a preview for the fifth annual New York Roundtable Writers’ Conference, April 24-25, organizer Leah Schnelbach predicts “the indie publishing model is the wave of the future.” As she tells Chris Kenneally, “the editor or the publisher and the author have much more of a shared stake in the book. They promote it together, […]

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‘Google Settlement’ Online Seminar Coming April 14th

The Authors Guild, AAP, Google Settlement: What Authors & Publishers Need to Know as May 5th Approaches On June 11, 2009, a federal court will hold a fairness hearing to review the proposed settlement of lawsuits brought by U.S. authors and publishers against Google for its unauthorized scanning and use of in-copyright books as part […]

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BTB #90: Who Needs Publishers?

From the media room at the 2009 Publishing Business Conference & Expo, Marjory Ross of Regnery Publishing and Michael Norris from Simba Information offer insights on the challenges facing publishers. From social networking to print-on-demand, the continuing development of online technology threatens to disenfranchise “houses” larges and small from authors and other content creators.

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