Monday News: Debates over fee access to digital lending; DIY bookshelves; Avon to increase brand awareness
This post contains pro and against charging for library lending of digital books. The Society of Authors chimed in and wants digital loans to be “controlled and limited”. Honestly I don’t know how I feel about a fee for lending from home. In some cases, people are borrowing from home because they are housebound (physically) or they come from homes where they work during most of the libraries’ open hours. Maybe there could be a charge and then an application process to have the fee waived based upon a person’s particularly circumstance?
Using found items or cheap items to create innovative bookshelves. I was cleaning out the room where Ned built a wall to wall bookshelf and we came across about a dozen extra shelves. I laughed and said he made too many but he reminded me that when we (okay Ned) built the shelves, I owned a few thousand paperbacks at the time. He then said, “thank god for digital books.”
Egads. The statement by the agent on the meaning of fiduciary duty is frightening. Fiduciary law prevents an agent from double dealing or engaging in a conflict of interest. As Jason Ashlock said back in September 2011 :
The boundaries are clear — agents are disallowed from producing their own clients’ works; managers are disallowed from negotiating on behalf of their clients whose work they are producing. There are loopholes and creative manipulations, of course (and the entertainment attorneys on Wilshire may reap the most benefit from this structure), but the talent — the writers — benefit from a degree of protection. Why more authors organizations aren’t concerned about this is beyond me. Why agents don’t have a better grasp on the law is also beyond me.