Google wins fair use ruling against the Author’s Guild (pdf link)– The Google Book Settlement was thrown out and the case proceeded forward as fast as a newborn snail. A summary judgment ruling from Judge Chin (now on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals) gave Google a decisive victory. Scanning a full text, indexing it, and then displaying snippets in preview is fair use.
Next Chapter in Jeter’s Career? Book Publishing – Because when I think Derek Jeter I immediately think of quality books, the move by Simon & Schuster to pay an untold sum of money for the “Derek Jeter” imprint makes tons of sense. (Sarcasm mode on)
The publishing imprint will include nonfiction books for adults, like biographies and titles on business and lifestyle; children’s picture books; middle-grade fiction; and books for young children who are just learning to read. Jeter suggested the book enterprise might lead to other ways of presenting content, like films or television.NYTimes.com
“Two Belgian university professors decided to apply their knowledge of toxicology screenings to the 10 most borrowed books at the Antwerp library. Each book underwent bacteriology and toxicology tests, and the findings reveal that library books are even more germ-covered than you expected. While the experts found that all 10 books contained traces of cocaine–enough so that people who touched the books wouldn’t feel the effects, but might test positive for the drug–they also found something pretty gross: Fifty Shades of Grey, your weird aunt’s favorite mainstream erotic series, tested positive for traces of the herpes virus. Time
Dump your Kindle, bookseller urges as Amazon targets Australia – Would you trade your Kindle for a $50 voucher at your local bookseller? That’s what this bookseller wants you to do. One person in my inbox commented that she reads on her Kindle App and many people on Twitter were pretty much “I’ll give up my Kindle when my last breath has released.”
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com