Archive | April, 2012

BTB #293: Can Music Pay?

It’s the age of the one-man band, but the picture looks different from days past. Along with the drum on a strap, and a harmonica on a metal brace, the performer now carries a laptop – and with that and an Internet connection, she or he records and distributes music, designs Web sites, and schedules […]

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PW’s Week Ahead 04.27.12

A major publisher moves to kill DRM (Digital Rights Management). It’s more good news for e-book consumers, but in corners of the publishing industry, fears persist. Will holding on save the business? — or sink it? “Tor Books, the venerable sci-fi imprint of Macmillan has announced they would no longer use Digital Rights Management locks […]

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BTB #292: Rescue Newspapers, Save Democracy

In early April, local businessmen acquired the Philadelphia Inquirer and related media properties for $55 million. Led by Lewis Katz and George E. Norcross III, the investors purchased Philadelphia Media Network (PMN) for a fraction of the $515 million paid in 2006 by a previous local investor group. The sale attracted national attention for its […]

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PW’s Week Ahead 04.20.12

O to be in England, now that April’s there. And in 2012, in London, the scene is not nearly as idyllic as in Browning’s verse: The great metropolis is in the final throes of preparation for Olympic game and royal jubilee festivals. It has not gone without notice, though, that the city was host this […]

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OnCopyright 2012 Interviews

Interviews from CCC’s OnCopyright 2012

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BTB #291: Not Sharing, Not Stealing – Infringement

At the recent OnCopyright 2012 conference, Robert Levine explained for the audience in a keynote speech how the commonly used language of copyright shapes the debate and makes for confusion on the fundamentals “I don’t think copyright infringement is stealing,” he told the Columbia Law School audience. “The idea that this is stealing, I think, […]

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PW’s Week Ahead 04.13.12

“Baffling.” That’s the take from the CEO of the American Booksellers Association. “A big win” says Amazon, speaking not for the e-tailer but – it says – for Kindle owners. “An intrusion into the business sector by the federal government in a manner that is designed to bully people,” declares top agent Trident Media Group […]

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BTB #290: Top Agent Calls Amazon ‘Innovative’

Publishing. It’s a business of words. Yet, definitions of many common words in publishing’s vocabulary are evolving and mutating. What we mean by authors, agents, and even publishers is no longer clear. The man who discovered Tom Clancy in the early 1980s, and subsequently became one of the youngest agents ever to head the William […]

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PW’s Week Ahead 04.06.12

Surveys and polls are in the news – not on the presidential campaign, but on the rise of e-books in the US and the rest of the world. The French and the Japanese have something in common, it turns out, while in Brazil and India – two of the so-called BRICS group of developing nations […]

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BTB #289: Communities Of Content

As the online media marketplace evolves, publishers recognize they must redefine their businesses. The path Cincinnati-based F+W Media has chosen leads directly to the consumer via communities of shared interest, from writing, screenwriting, and fine art to genealogy, craft, woodworking, and design. By opening communications channels to its audiences, F+W curates editorial output and facilitates […]

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