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Tuesday News: New suit against Apple et al, the recession’s effect...

Judge Says Price-Fixing Suit Filed by Retailers Can Proceed – Judge Cote has ruled that an antitrust suit brought by independent bookseller DNAML against Apple et al can move forward, likely in tandem with Lavoho, LLC and Abbey House Media (formerly Diesel and Books on Board).

Question: Will these publishers ever get it? Amazon v. Hachette suggests maybe not.

Although Cote in her opinion said proving damages was going to be difficult “in the extreme” for the DNAML, she held that the plaintiff’s case met the standard to proceed. But while Cote suggested that proving damages might be difficult, she added that DNAML’s “lost investment,” in its business “may be reasonably quantifiable.”

“It is more than plausible that a discount retailer was harmed by a conspiracy to remove retailers’ ability to discount e-books,” the judge wrote in her order, adding that the retailers were “indisputably competitors in a market in which trade was restrained.” –Publishers Weekly

Here’s how the recession affected jobs in newsrooms, publishing, advertising, and more – 255 charts tell the story of “how the recession reshaped the economy,” including almost 500,000 jobs in traditional publishing lost, along with major losses (thus far unrecovered) in television, radio, and broadcast. Salaries for telecom resellers dipped the most, followed by salaries for those in newspaper publishing (not a big surprise). If you have like ten hours to spare, check out the charts. –Nieman Journalism Lab

Whose Writing Career Do You Most Envy? – These little Bookends pieces by Zoë Heller and Daniel Mendelsohn are sometimes pretty interesting, more, I think, for the questions and issues they raise, than for their actual answers. In this case, it’s what writer’s career do you envy, which bring up much philosophizing about how difficult it is to envy any writer’s career when you know too much about a writer, something that seems particularly poignant right now, with all the social media to which we have access. Still, some interesting questions around popularity and creativity, and how the patterns to many writers’ careers may be more similar than dissimilar.

The Greeks’ insistence that we consider the whole life before making final judgments has an interesting literary application. As a critic, I’m often struck by the way in which so many successful writers settle into a groove by midcareer: Whatever marked them as special, new, or distinctive when they started — the “thing” that set them on their path — becomes, with time, a franchise; at worst, a straitjacket. By the end, most of us repeat ourselves. Very few — perhaps only the greatest — continue to grow. Almost inevitably, the innovator of yesterday becomes the éminence grise of today. –New York Times

Nobody Believed Her When She Said Her Cat Does This. So She Set Up A Camera To Prove It. LOL! – I’m not usually one for cute cat videos, but this one is hilarious. Watch it, laugh, and enjoy the rest of your day. –Reshareworthy

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  1. library addict
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 04:17:47

    Having had a number of cats, the most surprising thing to me was how calm that cat was around running water.

  2. Melanie Ting
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 11:50:49

    That cat! I am starting my day laughing. Thanks.

  3. Melissa
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 12:06:55

    I don’t find it particularly hard to avoid knowing much about the author’s personal life or opinions because I don’t follow them on any social media. I only really care about is the book/product itself. The only time an author’s personal life interferes with my reading is if the author is arrested/has a personal connection to a crime (such as Marion Zimmer Bradley of the Mists of Avalon fame).

  4. Elizabeth Cole
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 12:31:29

    “the éminence grise of today.”

    Hey-o. Someone broke out the fancy word case for this one!

    On the topic of knowing about the author, I have to say that I’ve never been particularly interested in knowing much (if anything) about the creator of a thing I like. Often, it just makes the whole thing seem mundane. At worst, you learn something you’d rather not know (*cough*Orson Scott Card *cough*).

  5. Caroline
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 16:15:14

    My cats LOVE running water. They play in it, they drink straight from the tap… One fell in the bath once and didn’t enjoy that, but then he came back and got on the edge of the tub again, so it wasn’t too traumatizing, obviously.

  6. Liz (Bugetta)
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 17:12:24

    My cat tried to do that on several occasions (also while my hair was wrapped up in a towel), but she is not the most graceful cat (or the lightest :)) and lost her balance and I wound up with some serious scratches, so no more of that! I also have to be careful when I bend over — she thinks my back is a step to get her up higher. :-D

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