Archive | May, 2009

BTB #102: Meet The Editor

What makes an author’s book proposal stand out? What is it about “American history” that makes the subject so appealing in 2009 to readers? Can a blog be a source of material for a book? Saunders Robinson of The History Press takes these and many other questions from a recent Boston bookstore appearance with Chris […]

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BTB #101: The Piracy Project: A BEA Update

With digital content more available and more commonly distributed, fears of piracy and lost sales have grown among publishers. In 2008, O’Reilly Media began systematic research to measure the cost – or possible benefit – of “free” and “pirated” distribution. This morning at BookExpo America’s “Big Ideas” Conference,

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BTB #100: Tracey Armstrong opens ‘Big Ideas’ program at BEA

Copyright Clearance Center CEO Tracey Armstrong has kicked off the all-day “Big Ideas” Conference for BookExpo America 2009 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Center. Speaking earlier this morning on “Content Licensing & The Bottom Line: Up the Down Spreadsheet” with Ned May, Outsell Inc. Lead Analyst, Armstrong examined why managing rights and content […]

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BTB #99: First, You Laugh

Improbable research is research that makes people laugh and then think. Improbable Research is also the name of an organization that publishes a magazine called the Annals of Improbable Research, and administers the Ig Nobel Prizes. Founder Marc Abrahams reveals all in this keynote address to the 2009 Council of Science Editors annual meeting.

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Reaching 100 and Ready to Go Beyond

To mark the program’s 100th edition, “Beyond the Book” from Copyright Clearance Center has announced the planned release of a presentation by Tracey Armstrong, CCC’s chief executive officer, at the opening of BookExpo America, Thursday, May 28, 9 a.m. In a recent Publishers’ Weekly interview, Ms. Armstrong said about CCC: “We’re investing in the future […]

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For Indy Pubs, ‘Strength In Numbers’

A week before classes open at the 25th annual Publishing University, IBPA’s Terry Nathan tells Chris Kenneally, “When an economy gets this way, publishers need to be using their collective strength.” He outlines several new member programs, including a just-launched distribution program with Independent Publishers Group called Small Press United.

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BTB #98: From the Gov’t and He Wants To Help

Compliance by publishers with the NIH’s public access policies is what Dale Berkley calls “my day job. My afternoon job is reviewing publishing agreements. You can imagine, they all look alike after a while, and they all include provisions that the government can’t agree to.” In a presentation to the Council of Science Editors annual […]

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BTB #97: Knowledge ‘Interoperability’

As part of a program on “Copyright, Open Access, Subscriptions, and Permissions: What Editors Need to Know in the New Digital Publishing Environment,” presented to the recent annual conference of the Council of Science Editors, John Wilbanks, VP, Science, Creative Commons outlined a standard for “interoperability” for knowledge and for cultural works. Only an open […]

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BTB #96: The Truth, Or Else

“There really isn’t a lot of point in writing if I can’t be honest,” Lee Woodruff told the New York Round Table Writers Conference in her keynote address, “because when you tell people exactly where your weaknesses are, you really connect with humanity.” Woodruff’s first book, “In An Instant,” co-written with husband Bob, put that […]

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Google Book Search Settlement Opt-Out Date Delayed

Copyright Clearance Center wants to be sure that you are aware that the opt-out deadline and the fairness hearing have been delayed to September 4, 2009 and October 7, 2009 respectively. For more information about why the dates were postponed, as well as to learn about the antitrust inquiry opened by the Department of Justice […]

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