Now boarding: How airport bookstores are reacting to a changing industry – Like all bookstores, airport bookstores are looking for ways to increase sales, attempting to create an environment more similar to a neighborhood independent bookseller, where patrons are handsold books while enjoying a respite from the airport environment. Also, some interesting statistics about airport bookstores:
“Airport bookstores account for 10 percent of all physical bookstores in the country, or about 2 percent of the entire industry book sales, including online sales,” he said.
Hinckley said the Hudson Group has seen an increase in sales recently – up mostly because of popular books like “50 Shades of Grey” and The Hunger Games series.”Deseret News
Charts: How Apple’s iOS users outspent Android on Christmas day – Apple 2.0 – Okay, this is pretty stunning. Apple iOS users made almost 5 times as many online purchases as those using Android devices. And there are some interesting splits between tablets and phones — for example, lots of traffic is generated by smartphones (28.5%), but for purchases, users seem to favor tablets (19.4% v. 9.3% for smartphones). A number of pie charts and links here, and definitely worth a look.Fortune
Is Hollywood’s blockbuster model broken? – This is a pretty interesting contemplation of the blockbuster film, not only because of Steven Spielberg’s recent prediction that blockbuster failures will “change the paradigm” of filmmaking, or the research demonstrating that blockbusters have, in fact, become even more profitable in the past 20 years, but also because of this notion that blockbusters are not really films, which brings up all sorts of issues around art and its commercial and non-commercial aspects:
“‘Blockbuster films are not really films,’ says Charles Acland, a professor of communication studies at Concordia University in Montreal, and author of the book Screen Traffic. ‘They are in fact very elaborate ‘tent-pole’ business models that connect all sorts of different commodities in all sorts of different industries.'”BBC News
Sherlock Holmes Is in the Public Domain, American Judge Rules – Score one for the public domain, with all pre-1923 elements of the Sherlock Holmes universe as now officially out of copyright. A declaratory judgment was granted in response to a suit filed by Leslie Klinger, one of two editors (the other is Laurie King) of an upcoming anthology of Holmes stories, after the Conan Doyle estate tried to charge them a licensing fee (actually, it was an additional fee, as they had already paid for a previous anthology). As expected, the estate is using ominous language about the importance of the post-1923 elements, yadda yadda yadda, but it’s going to be interesting to see what the effects are of this ruling on other Holmes-related media, as well as other copyrighted materials moving toward the end of their protected period (e.g. Disney).
“Mr. Klinger said he planned to go ahead with “In the Company of Sherlock Holmes,” which he said carefully avoided any post-1923 elements. And he praised the ruling for opening the way for other creators, many of whom had previously paid fees to the estate but had rallied to Mr. Klinger’s cause under the Twitter hashtag #FreeSherlock.”New York Times
38 Wonderful Foreign Words We Could Use in English – Okay, English-dominant authors; here’s some grist for the word choice mill. How about “Boketto,” the Japanese word for staring off blankly into space? Or the gruesomely romantic “Ya’arburnee,” which in Arabic expresses the need to die before a loved one, because you can’t imagine life without them. And then there’s the German “Backpfeifengesicht,” which the article defines as “a face badly in need of a fist.” German is not my favorite language for the most part, but they do have some great compound words (after all, this is a language that describes emotional eating with a word that means “grief bacon”). Metal Floss
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