Are big smartphones the future of e-books? – Nokia makes the argument that more people will be reading on larger smartphones (or phablets apparently as some people call them). Previous studies show that readers between the ages of 18 and 24 are using their smartphones as readers more than other devices. There are rumors that Apple is developing a larger smartphone to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note and the larger Windows 8 devices like the Nokia sells. Nokia Conversations
Of course, just because the Nook Store is available in a country doesn’t mean that the selection is any good. The newly expanded Nook Store still only offers a limited selection in some languages; for example there are fewer than 600 titles in Polish, and another 600 in Finnish. And while there are around 40 thousand titles in German, the Italian language catalog is limited to only 19,000 titles.The Digital Reader
Beastie Boys Fight Online Video Parody of ‘Girls’ – A reader sent this to me and asked what I thought. Based on the Campbell v. Aucff Rose case, I think Goldie Box has a good case for parody. It has filed a petition for declaratory action asking the court to find Goldie Box’s use falls under fair use. The original lyrics are very misgoynistic Girls to do the dishes Girls to clean up my room Girls to do the laundry Girls and in the bathroom.
Goldie Box’s lyrics are all about girls being scientists and engineers and inventors, not servants of boys. Per the US Supreme Court case of Campbell v. Auciff Rose, the commercial speech aspect is only one factor. The Goldie Box rendition is not likely to reduce the market for the original song. Whether a new work of art was created sufficiently different that the original is likely going to be key.NYTimes.com
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
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