Archive | January, 2011

BTB #209: A World of Copyright

With the launch last fall of RightsDirect, CCC’s European subsidiary, Copyright Clearance Center is looking to meet better the needs of multinational corporate customers.” As Kim Zwollo, RightsDirect’s general manager explains to Chris Kenneally, “One of the challenges larger companies who operate in different countries face is all those different copyright laws in all those […]

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BTB #208: France Gets Its E-Book Moment

The world came to the 2011 Digital Book World Conference in late January. At Editis, one of France’s leading publishers, Virginia Clayssen oversees digital development. In an interview with CCC’s Chris Kenneally, she accounts for why France has not yet had its ebook moment, but is about to this year. “We didn’t have in France […]

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BTB #207: DBW/Forrester 2010 Publishing Survey Released

Forrester Research’s James McQuivey has opened Digital Book World 2011 this morning with results of the first annual Publishing Executive Survey. In a preview of his keynote address, McQuivey provides insight into critical areas including backlist ebook availability, content piracy, staffing changes, and more. At Forrester, McQuivey covers consumer media technology – from eReaders and […]

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BTB #206: ‘Merchants of Culture’ Revealed

“Books are not reading devices” warns John B. Thompson, a Sociology professor at the University of Cambridge and author of “Merchants of Culture” (Polity Press), the first major study of trade book publishing since the digital transformation began a generation ago. Thompson foresees a world of books AND reading devices (not books REPLACED BY reading […]

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BTB #205: Content Rights & Technology Solutions

The viability of the entertainment and media industry’s future rests on its ability to manage content and control distribution, while making it available to an ever larger customer base. At the November 2010 Digital Hollywood conference in New York City, Chris Kenneally explored the potential for Digital Rights Management (DRM) and content protection in the […]

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BTB #204: Change is Exhilarating and Scary

“That’s the nature of change,” notes publishing pundit Mike Shatzkin, recalling the last twelve months in the book industry and looking forward to the upcoming Digital Book World Conference that opens January 24 in New York City. His DBW colleague Guy LeCharles Gonzalez senses optimism as the conference readies for its second annual gathering. The […]

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BTB #203: How Scholarly Publishers Stay Ahead

The first successfully among publishers to monetize content online, the STM (Scientific/Technical/Medical) community continues to lead the way today, says IP attorney Lois Wasoff. Speaking with Chris Kenneally at this fall’s IFRRO AGM in Boston, Wasoff noted that scientific and scholarly journals are moving fast into emerging media forms and formats. “We’re seeing movement to […]

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