Archive | February, 2013

The Battle For the Books

Courtrooms, like football fields, are stages for transformation.  At times, opposing sides clash over principle.  Otherwise, they fight for profit.  There are good guys, and there are bad guys, umpires, and cheerleaders.  At the conclusion of such contests, we hardly even recognize the players, for all the accusations and the revelations. Writing about what he […]

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Sherlock Holmes, RIP

In a famous case, Sherlock Holmes seemed to meet his demise. Yet the character survives, and for a detective 126 years old, he manages rather well to this day in part because of an apparent quirk in copyright law. One scholar, though, wants to put an end to Holmes as a money-maker for the Conan […]

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‘Social Media Audit’ for Authors, Publishers

In short order and forever, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites have changed the ways that individuals seek and find information about products, people, and organizations.  Creating a Facebook or Twitter account is only the start, of course.  Real change comes from a long-term vision of content creation and management that is customer-centric and adaptable. Social media succeeds […]

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Taking On Google’s News Monopoly

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission declined to take up antitrust charges against Google. The decision disappointed not only Google’s competitors, who charge the Internet search giant with monopolistic practices, but also consumer advocates who say that its search results favor Google’s business aims at the expense of the public. One area where Google’s invisible hand was […]

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Publishing Looks Into Future

At the Tools of Change conference for 2013, to paraphrase William Gibson, the future is already here – and it was pretty evenly distributed among the many panels and workshops. Publishers and their technology vendors were focused this week on conversion and contraction, distortion and distraction. Conference sponsors O’Reilly Media brought to the New York Marriott Marquis enough futurists for […]

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Outsell Open Access Report Highlights

Across all types of media, the onslaught of digital disruption typically prompts a defensive reaction. Publishers struggle to maintain their legacy business models, even as they must build out new models that are sustainable and scalable. The digital challenge is nowhere more keenly felt than in scientific and scholarly publishing, where a revolution in free […]

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The Metadata Handbook

Publishers and authors who want to sell their books in the Digital Age need to learn a new language: Metadata. It sounds like a computer language, and in a way it is, but metadata is much more. It’s as old as the ancient library of Alexandria, Egypt, and as new as the World Wide Web. […]

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Serving Argentine Authors And Publishers

Facilitating copyright permissions for academics and professionals; protecting the rights of authors and publishers. In Argentina, CADRA manages both goals, allowing for the copying and sharing of published works, as well as compensation for these re-uses. On behalf of CCC’s International Advancement Program, “Beyond the Book” is very pleased to present a special series of three interviews […]

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Licensing With CADRA

Facilitating copyright permissions for academics and professionals; protecting the rights of authors and publishers. In Argentina, CADRA manages both goals, allowing for the copying and sharing of published works, as well as compensation for these re-uses. On behalf of CCC’s International Advancement Program, “Beyond the Book” is very pleased to present a special series of three interviews […]

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All About CADRA

Facilitating copyright permissions for academics and professionals; protecting the rights of authors and publishers. In Argentina, CADRA manages both goals, allowing for the copying and sharing of published works, as well as compensation for these re-uses. On behalf of CCC’s International Advancement Program, “Beyond the Book” is very pleased to present a special series of three interviews […]

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