Sunday News Round Up with One Bonus Author Amazon Freakout
RIAA (and hence the music industry) believes that your digital product should not play into perpetuity but rather you, the consumer, should be required to repurchase a digital product from time to time. Steven Metalitz, an attorney representing the RIAA and MPAA, during the DMCA exemption hearings asserted the argument that digital is ephemeral.
“We reject the view,” he writes in a letter to the top legal advisor at the Copyright Office, “that copyright owners and their licensees are required to provide consumers with perpetual access to creative works. No other product or service providers are held to such lofty standards. No one expects computers or other electronics devices to work properly in perpetuity, and there is no reason that any particular mode of distributing copyrighted works should be required to do so.”
According to Smart Bitches, the Sony PRS 300 with a 5 inch screen will sell for $199. That’s the cheapest e-ink Reader on the market. it will read EPUB/BBeB (Sony’s proprietary format),/PDF (secure/unsecure)/WORD/TXT/RTF. I love that it has native Word support. The Sony 600 will sell for $299 with no front light but there will still be a touchscreen and ability to add “freehand notes.” Via SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.com.
Reed Business is trying to sell a number of its divisions including Publishers’ Weekly, Library Journal and School Library Journal. RBI was for sale last year but had no takers. Via Publishers’ Weekly.
Religious books are in decline with BISG numbers indicating a 10% drop in 2008 and a projected decrease in 2009 of 4%. Part of the reason might be because BISG is getting better data (suggesting, perhaps, that sales have been inaccurately projected too high), but mostly it is due to the same problems that all segments of publishing are suffering: a downturn of book purchases because of the contracting economy and lack of big books. Via Publishers Weekly.
Mike Cane breaks down a French video about the future of digital reading. The two screen, touch controlled device that is displayed in the videos and screen caps looks amazing. There is no question that the software and hardware for digital reading is in its infancy.
Dorothy Benton Frank is the latest author freakout over at Amazon. Her latest book, Return to Sullivan’s Island, is not getting very good reviews from her core audience. Review after review makes the same disappointed claim that this work isn’t living up to her previous efforts. One reviewer was adamant that DBF had not written this book, “In my humble opinion, Dorothea Benton Frank did NOT write this drivel!” and another ” There is an overabundance of dialogue, which seems to have been written by an amateur.” DBF did not get upset about these reviews, but two others.
I have been a huge fan of Ms Frank’s books for years. Her last 2 books were very mediocre. The Return To Sullivan’s Island is just plain terrible. I am sorry because I will miss the wonderful writing she used to do.
DBF used the comment feature to leave this:
Didn’t anyone ever teach you any manners? What kind of horrible person are you?
When another reader suggested that this wasn’t an appropriate author response, DBF argues that the review must be a fraud.
The second was a two star review left by a male reader whose past reviews, according to Ms. Benton Frank, pertained to science fiction, historical fiction, adventure travel with some business books thrown in for good measure. His review prompted this comment by DBF:
Mr. Pruette, your list of books that you have read and offered critiques to the public is overwelmingly comprised of science fiction with some historical fiction, adventure travel and a smattering of photography thrown into your mix….I am not in the business of pleasing my neighbors or business associates any more than you sir are in the business of understanding women’s fiction. I was just in High Point last week where I spoke to a sold out crowd of hundreds of WOMEN, not science fiction fans, who were lovely and supportive….Unless you are a professor, not only are you unqualified to judge, your manners are seriously lacking. I ought to tell your mother. Hopefully someone will.
Will the professors over at Teach Me Tonight go wild having now gotten approval from DBF to engage in mannerless and judgmental reviewing?