Archive | July, 2012
BTB #310: Copyright Now A Corporate Social Responsibility

BTB #310: Copyright Now A Corporate Social Responsibility

Professional ethics should not be an oxymoron – that’s the contention of Michael Rasmussen, a business analyst who was the first to define and model the Governance, Risk, and Compliance market for products and professional services. Today, a growing number of businesses are recognizing that respect for copyright and intellectual property is essential to corporate […]

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The Week Ahead 07.27.12

The world’s wealthiest woman is also the world’s most pirated author. And to protect her new adult market novel, J.K. Rowling is trying to put a spell on would-be pirates. “Rowling’s concerns over piracy have been very public,” Andrew Albanese, features editor at Publishers Weekly, reminds CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “She famously refused to allow the […]

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BTB #309: Copyright & The Cartoonist

From his studio in Seattle, “The Oatmeal” cartoonist-humorist Matthew Inman posts online his views on everything from Sriracha hot sauce to designs for “how a movie theater should be laid out.” But when he discovered his work re-posted to Funnyjunk, an advertising-supported Web aggregator for “funniest things,” without links or attribution, he took the matter […]

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BTB #308: STM E-Books Forecast 2012

Across all of book publishing, the journey from print to digital is about much more than form factor. In the professionally-focused STM sector, publishers of scientific, technical and medical texts face are reckoning with seismic shifts in the way their content is commissioned, created, and stored. And as digital sales become integral to their businesses, […]

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The Week Ahead 07.20.12

A publishing giant finds one solution to the business challenge of self-publishing authors. Meanwhile, just in time for Olympics gymnastics, an industry tally of book sales in 2011 shows a business in the middle of a back-flip. In reviews, we learn about another difficult trick – how to turn Bluebeard, the notorious wife-murderer, into a […]

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BTB #307: Profit and Publishing

Two words that have an increasingly antagonistic relationship – “profit” and “publishing.” But Red Hen Press, based in Pasadena, California, has made a virtue of being a not-for-profit. Founded in 1994 to publish and promote literary works often overlooked by the mainstream, Red Hen Press has built its catalog and balanced its checking account by […]

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BTB #306: Copyright on the Continent Update for July 2012

In Washington, the political stalemate continues – and with the November 2012 elections approaching fast, hopes dim of opening up the legislative logjam. Meanwhile in Europe, copyright law, at least, is seeing plenty of changes, with the prospects looming of a sweeping reform of collective rights management. Today, we turn our attention to Europe for […]

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The Week Ahead 07.13.12

Here’s a book publishing riddle for 2012: When is a book not good for a bookstore? “Earlier this year, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced a licensing agreement with Amazon to publish and distribute adult titles under the New Harvest imprint,” explains Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly features editor. At the time, he tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally, “Independent […]

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BTB #305: A Golden Age for Self-Publishing?

The wild growth in e-books and self-publishing has spurred a fiery debate over the future direction of the industry. While some argue that the growing mountain of books makes it harder than ever for any single title to succeed, people like Keith Ogorek, author of 7 Secrets of Successful Self-Published Authors, say that this time, […]

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BTB #304: Textbooks Should Be Great Books!

In her keynote presentation for the 25th annual conference of the Text & Academic Authors Association (TAA), author Joy Hakim declared, “Textbook writing is, or should be, an artistic task. What we do is very important. We need to do nothing less than write great books, books good enough to inspire and educate a generation […]

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