Wednesday Midday Links: Authors Releasing Backlist Titles in Digital
Big Fish Games has announced a partnership with Woman’s Day magazine as more and more people realize that women enjoy wasting their time on computer games too. I spent some solid reading time clicking around Ravenhearst last night. Woman’s Day subscribers will get access to more than 2500 titles. Kind of makes me want to be a Woman’s Day subscriber but then I wouldn’t have time to read the magazine or my books. Curse you casual gaming.
No one really knows what Google Editions will be when it is launched or even when it will be launched (other than this year). Indies are embracing Google Editions because GE will purportedly allow any one to sell digital titles. These titles will exist in the cloud and will be encrypted in some manner so you can’t simply download and forward the titles. Further, because the books exist in the cloud, the last place you’ve read on any device will always be synced (and as a new Kindle reader, I can tell you that this is an awesome feature).
I’m not thrilled about cloud reading (although I love cloud access) because I find web apps to be somewhat limited in features. I’m cautiously optimistic about Google Editions.
Authors with backlists (and the rights to those backlists) are now releasing digital versions of their backlist titles. If you recall we have a couple of author consortiums: A Writer’s Work where you can purchase titles from Patricia McLinn, Patricia Rice, Barbara Freethy, Ken Caspar, Lori Handeland, Phoebe Conn, and more; and Closed Circle featuring books from Lynn Abbey, CJ Cherryh, JS Fancher.
Yesterday, Keishon of avidbookreader sent me the news that Patricia Ryan has been uploading her books to Smashwords. Ryan wrote some fabulous medievals and a great mystery series under the name P.B. Ryan (I had Janine pull out a review for the first one, Still Life With Murder).
Karen Ranney has been putting her titles up on Kindle. I’ve bought all of them. Alexis Harrington has also made some of her backlist titles available.
These books are almost all previously published and so you can be sure you are reading edited and curated content. One thing about the authors releasing the books is that you are bound to get a better price. For example, the titles at A Writer’s Work are about $3.00. PB Ryan’s works are $2.99. Compare this to Belle Books’ release of Jill Barnett’s backlist titles at $6.00+.
I love supporting writing in this way. First, it is hard to buy used books for $3.00 and second, I am happy to know that the majority of the money I am spending is going directly to the author.
Likely based on the ruling that came out of Viacom v. Youtube, the suit against Scribd has been dropped. Scribd is a document sharing site and unfortunately, there are a number of pirated works on Scribd. Scribd takes these books down when notified, but if the author or publisher doesn’t notify, Scribd doesn’t always remove them.
One author sued Scribd because her titles had been downloaded 100 times before she sent a DMCA letter. The suit has now been dismissed.
Brian Mendonca, Scribd's attorney, said the Digital Millennium Copyright Act provided Scribd safe-harbor protection from Scott's claim because, as an internet service provider, it removed the work in question after receiving a takedown notice. What's more, he said, Scribd had a right of fair use to employ Scott's words in its filters, which are designed to prevent infringement."They realized that Scribd had a very strong protection under the law," Mendonca said of Scott's lawyers, who did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment.
His review is justified and valuable, more stimulating to a lover of the film than still more praise.
But Ebert’s essay also has a message to critics. The review should help others “see things”. The explanation of your opinion lays the critic open to critique herself but it is the explanation that is necessary to stimulate conversation.
In this way, critique and the discussion prompted by criticism extend the art beyond it’s medium, giving it renewed life (this latter conclusion is mine not Eberts).
So I close today’s links with this:
The Morning News has a compilation of one-star reviews from Amazon for a selection of Times’ list of the 100 best novels from 1923 to the present.
Gone With the Wind (1936)
Author: Margaret Mitchell
"Well, it's a girl's world. The world of Gloria Steinem and the popular feminism, as distilled on TV (including CBC shows, not all fundamentalist Hollywood garbage) of my youth is GONE. Now the girls run the show. You're not allowed to call them sluts. And it's impossible to call them virgins. They're all doing Rhett Butler. So what are they? Idiots- Hope you like the Gangstas. It's what you deserve."
Tomorrow I have some thoughts about book sales, Amazon’s big news, and Apple’s big quarter.