Archive | November, 2009

BTB #135: A Book Report From Sara Nelson

“Publishing as we know it will die if changes are not made,” observes Sara Nelson, one of the industry’s leading pundits. Now with O, The Oprah Magazine, as its books director, Nelson is a former editor-in-chief at Publishers Weekly. Unlike many, though, she doesn’t blame the digital revolution. “I don’t even think that Google, per […]

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BTB #134: For Tao Lin, Gmail ‘more accurate’ than talk

In a conversation with Chris Kenneally at the 2009 Miami Book Fair, the author of Shoplifting from American Apparel explains that when characters move from the real world to the virtual one and back, it’s the virtual world where they may be most honest about themselves. “People’s facial expressions are not – are almost never […]

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BTB #133: For Google Book Settlement, Wasoff Reviews Revisions

Last Friday, November 13th, the parties in the Google Book Search Copyright Class Action filed a revised settlement proposal, responding to concerns voiced by authors, publishers and the U.S. Department of Justice. For the benefit of our customers and rightsholders, Copyright Clearance Center invited renowned intellectual property attorney Lois Wasoff to speak with Chris Kenneally […]

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BTB #132: What Makes a Book a Book?

In Tucson at the 2009 PubWest conference, the kickoff keynote address from Sourcebooks CEO Dominique Raccah gave hints at finding opportunities in “digital products” beyond e-books, from iPhone apps to software. Understand “what you are expert at [and] which communities are you connected to,” Raccah advised. She also cautioned the audience to be on the […]

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BTB #131: Dennis Loy Johnson on Discovering Tao Lin

In a Miami Book Fair Preview, Dennis Loy Johnson, author and Melville House Publishing cofounder, remembers how one book blogger met another, leading to Johnson publishing then-23-year-old Tao Lin. On Sunday, November 15, at the Miami Book Fair, Tao Lin and Chris Kenneally discuss the young author’s newest work, Shoplifting from American Apparel, and what […]

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BTB #130: Global Information Partners

Sharing information brings people together – and in this “Beyond the Book” episode, two email correspondents hear each other’s voices for the first time: Dennie Heye of Shell in the Netherlands, and Stephen Kizza, an Assistant Librarian for the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Resource Center in Kampala, Uganda. Starting with two shelves and […]

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Special Episode: Protecting Images With Copyright

For DC Fotoweek on Monday, November 9, at the US Navy Memorial-Heritage Center, the American Society of Picture Professionals DC/South Chapter presents Copyright: Protecting Your Images and Creative Work and Why it’s so Important featuring John Harrington, President of the White House News Photographers Association, and Brad R. Newberg, senior counsel, Holland & Knight, with […]

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BTB #129: Tom Allen On Leading A ‘Born Again’ Industry

This spring, Tom Allen – a former Maine Congressman, lawyer, and Rhodes Scholar – became CEO and President of the Association of American Publishers, following the retirement of Patricia Schroeder, who had served since 1997. A week ago, Chris Kenneally caught up with Allen in Oslo where both attended the annual IFRRO meeting that also […]

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