Archive | September, 2012

BTB #319: Copyright Is Everywhere

In a networked world, every transaction between content creators and content users is a rights transaction. Copyright is everywhere. And though some would like to do so, no one in publishing and the media can afford to ignore the often-passionate debate and the complex issues that surround copyright today. Copyright questions impose themselves on every […]

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The Week Ahead: 09.28.12

In the weeks before the Frankfurt Book Fair, self-published authors no longer find themselves on the outside looking in. Just ask E.L. James. “There is a significant uptick in the number of American agents taking books to this year’s Frankfurt that were originally self-published,” Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly features editor, tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “While […]

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BTB #318: The Power of Print

The death toll continues to grow. The catastrophe is not one wrought by nature or inhumanity, but by technology. Month after month, another newspaper or magazine will cease to publish and print. Hard copy, ink on dead trees – whatever you call it, print seems ready to succumb to digital. But some publications are not […]

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The Week Ahead: 09.21.12

Leaders from the book industry and the American Library Association gather next week in New York City. The Association of American Publishers has invited them to share perspectives on a growing controversy over e-book pricing. For the moment, as the diplomats might say, the dialogue is business-like. That could change, though, observes Andrew Albanese of […]

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BTB #317: Authors Take Charge

BTB #317: Authors Take Charge

In 2008, book industry veteran Kristen McLean began research for a book seeking to answer the question “How many decision-makers have to touch a book on its way to market?” Even within a major publishing house, she realized, most people didn’t know the answer to this question. It wasn’t long, though, before McLean decided to […]

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The Week Ahead 09.14.12

In many, remarkable ways, the book publishing business is unrecognizable from its form only two years ago. Kindles and iPads have seen to that, of course. Last week, court approval of the settlement in the e-book price-fixing case is quickly leading to a re-writing of market rules that will lead – well, who knows where? […]

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BTB #316: Winning Publishing Strategies

There’s no business like show business to serve as a model for book publishing, according to industry veteran Bruce Harris, who spoke earlier this summer at the Yale Publishing Course. “When you’re doing a show, a group of talented people come together. They focus on a particular task. And they get very involved, and very […]

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The Week Ahead 09.07.12

A ruling in the e-book price-fixing case comes sooner than later, even as publishers tally up e-book sales and find hefty gains. But equally hefty legal bills and settlement costs cut deeply into the bottom line. “For all the public comments, and for all the filings by interested parties, this settlement was always going to […]

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Best of BTB: 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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