Thursday Midday Links: Steve Jobs Passed Away
I don’t have any beautiful eulogy to give Jobs and it’s not that I don’t believe that he deserves a beautiful eulogy. He does. He transformed our collective lives. But I have neither the connection nor the knowledge from which to give voice to a remembrance. I’ve read several and these are few I thought were amazing:
- Brian Lam’s account of his difficult relationship with Steve Jobs, particularly after Gizmodo’s acquisition of the lost iPhone 4.
- The NYTimes multimedia timeline of Jobs’ impact.
- Wired homepage.
- Steve Jobs’ Ted Talk on “How to Live Before You Die.”
- UCLA won the right to stream DVDs to its students without permission of the original copyright owners. The judge in the case also appeared to hold (although without explicitly reasoning) that anticircumvention of DRM is appropriate if you had a legitimate purchase of the item such as ripping the DVD that you purchased. Via Ars Technica.
- Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of a software company that sued to prevent the resale of software. The software company asserted that software purchase was a license and not a transfer of ownership but the lower appellate court ruled in favor of the consumer and allowed the resale of the software. Vernor v. Autodesk, Inc., 10- 1421.
- Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of music artists who wanted to be paid a performance fee everytime someone downloaded a song. The lower appellate court ruled that the download was not a public performance and the artists were not entitled to a performance fee. A download is considered a reproduction rather than a public performance according to the lower court. ASCAP v. United States, No. 10-1337
Statistics are showing that out of the seven most popular sub-categories, only mystery and crime book sales have been increasing. Categories including debut novels and general fiction have held steady. Romance, women’s fiction, science fiction and fantasy have had a slight decline. But the real news — sales for thrillers and inspirational novels have decreased sharply which means there will be fewer of these types of novels on the bookshelves in the upcoming years.
In an effort to solve the problem of how to help readers discover e-books without print counterparts on tables in bookstores, Argo Navis will provide basic marketing services, like placing product pages on retailer Web sites. It will also make more extensive marketing services available for a fee.
Seriously? Basic marketing services is getting a product page on a retailer web site? Isn’t that what happens as a result of uploading the content? Publishers Marketplace ran the numbers and said the following (reg required):
That means an author publishing via Argo Navis with a title priced between $2.99 and $9.99 would gross just half of the roughly 70 percent proceeds they would get directly from Amazon (and 65 percent proceeds from B&N). The math is simple: Perseus pays 70 percent of 50 percent (the wholesale price) — which equals 35 percent.
At 35% off the cover, an author, particularly a genre author, would be better off going with Samhain or some other established digital publisher.
Audible is hiring some major stars to narrate some big books. I think this is a great move. I’ve been enjoying the heck out of the Richard Armitage narrated Heyer books Sarah Wendell recommended.
Actors lending their narrative pipes will include Kim Basinger for “The Awakening,” Anne Hathaway for “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” Samuel L. Jackson for “A Rage in Harlem,” and Nicole Kidman for “To the Lighthouse.” Others slated to perform include Annette Bening, Jennifer Connelly, Colin Firth, Dustin Hoffman, Meg Ryan, Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts and Kate Winslet.
I love Susan Sarandon’s voice. I’d buy any book just to listen to her.
Reviewers make mistakes. We do it all the time. The more books you review, the more mistakes you’ll make. Harriet Klausner has written in one a gem for Meljean Brook’s Heart of Steel:
Mercenary Lady Corsair airship Captain Yasmeen leads her crew to Fladstrand, Denmark. Their arrival frightens much of the townsfolk as the lady Corsair has a merciless reputation. She is here to meet with author Zenobia Fox to inform her she killed her brother treasure hunter Archimedes Fox by dumping him into a Venice canal amidst zombies for his concealing who his late sire was.
The latest Iron Seas steampunk thriller (see The Iron Duke) is a great tale starring two fascinating protagonists in what may be the strangest courtship in years. The story line is filled with action as the Heart of Steel and the roguish treasure hunter make for an endearing couple. Fans who relish something different in their novels will want to read Meljean Brooks’ Yasmeen and Zenobia’s excellent adventure.
No, readers, the romance is not between Yasmeen and Zenobia.