Thursday Midday Links: Is Google Book Settlement Dead?
Dennis Chin, the judge assigned to affirm or reject the Google Book Settlement, has been tapped to move to the 2nd Circuit judicial position, one of which was formerly held by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Today, the House Judiciary meeting is holding a hearing on the Google Book Settlement. Mary Beth Peters, the Register of Copyrights for the U.S. Copyright Office gave damning testimony on the Hill that James Grimmelman, a professor at New York Law School characterized as “fundamentally shift[ing]” the Google Book Settlement landscape. Her full testimony can be read here.
We realized that the settlement was not really a settlement at all, in as much as settlements resolve acts that have happened in the past and were at issue in the underlying infringement suits. Instead, the so-called settlement would create mechanisms by which Google could continue to scan with impunity, well into the future, and to our great surprise, create yet additional commercial products without the prior consent of rights holders. For example, the settlement allows Google to reproduce, display and distribute the books of copyright owners without prior consent, provided Google and the plaintiffs deem the works to be "out-of-print" through a definition negotiated by them for purposes of the settlement documents
In business news, LJ Dawson reports that Bowker will be reducing the price for ISBNs. Individual ISBNs are quite costly for small publishers and this reduced price will help in making sure that books, no matter the size of the publisher, can be catalogued and recorded properly.
Most importantly, as new digital formats and capabilities proliferate and diversify, end-users (consumers) must be able to differentiate one digital product form from another during discovery and the digital point of purchase, particularly when differentiated usability, access rights and functionality are key considerations to be made during a purchasing decision.
Tor.com is putting out a book via Print on Demand. The work is an anthology titled Year’s Best Fantasy 9. It will be available through online vendors. Fascinating.
Index//mb, a Candanian publishing blog looks at what cloud computing can mean for publishing. Essentially, mb divides out cloud computing into three categories: cycles, services and APIs and suggests that the power rests in control over API.
Sarah Weinman takes a closer look at the 17 book deal signed by James Patterson through 2012. Yes, that’s 17 books, 3 years. Sarah breaks down the numbers for you. I have offered myself up as a collaborator who a) tweets about my collaborator’s progress and b) offers up encouragement but weirdly no one thinks this is sufficient to meet “collaboration” requirements.
While not specifically book related, I thought this article on Huffington Post regarding Jimmy Fallon’s huge web presence not supporting his television efforts sufficiently was really interesting.
NBC hopes that those who see Fallon light up the stage in one of these clips will eventually find their ways over to the network at midnight. Whether these video clips make people more inclined to watch the show – and for NBC to see the accompanying advertisements – is left to be seen. In my experience, liking a segment here and there does not translate into getting behind the whole, larger product. Whatever praise is thrown Fallon’s way for embracing the online market must come along with skepticism about whether it’s a recipe for long-term success or just a series of profitless gimmicks.
Most bonnet books are G-rated romances, often involving an Amish character who falls for an outsider. Publishers attribute the books’ popularity to their pastoral settings and forbidden love scenarios Ã la Romeo and Juliet. Lately, the genre has expanded to include Amish thrillers and murder mysteries. Most of the authors are women.