The Business of Information

To re-envision the business of information demands that we use our imaginations as well as draw upon our knowledge.  Information looks forward.  Knowledge is merely a record of the past – of discoveries and experiences gone by. As the closing program for the NFAIS...

Bookstores For You And Taylor Swift

When Taylor Swift left McNally Jackson, SoHo’s highly-regarded independent bookstores, gossip bloggers and tweeters wondered just what was in the pair of shopping bags she carried out. Whether they were volumes from the feminism and women’s issues section, or romances...

Royalties For Art Resale Adds to Copyright Debate

In March, US Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ed Markey and Congressman Jerrold Nadler introduced legislation they call the American Royalties Too Act of 2014, or the ART Act, as it’s known, which would provide for a controversial resale royalty in the US art market....

Riggio Portfolio Shrinks

He may have bookselling in his blood, but Len Riggio, founder of the Barnes & Noble bookstore chain, now has a lot less of it in his stock portfolio. “This week, we learned that Riggio had sold 3.7 million shares of B&N stock, dropping his stake in the...

Self-Published Authors: Amateurs or Professionals?

For everyone from romance writers to cookbook creators, self-publishing today is easier and more affordable than ever. Certainly, the book-reading public has embraced “the selfie,” and along the way, they’ve made bestselling authors of writers who’ve boldly chosen to...

Getting Over The Book

When was the last time you heard that print is dead? Probably it’s been a while. As it turns out, print and digital will co-habit in the book business for some time yet to come. Indeed, earlier this week, a BBC reporter told an important gathering of book...

The Future Is Already Here

Conferences on copyright and the creative industries can leave the impression that copyright has a lot of catching up to do – at least when it comes to technology. At OnCopyright2014, sponsored by Copyright Clearance Center, a panel discussion aimed at providing...

Millions Of Reasons To Like Apple Case Ruling

E-book readers may soon have 500 million reasons to like a pair of rulings in Judge Denise Cote’s Manhattan federal courtroom this week. The only question is, “how soon?” Moving to the “damages” phase of Apple’s e-book price-fixing case, Judge Cote granted class...