Kohn Appeals Penguin, Macmillan E-book Settlements – Despite a warning from Judge Cote that his arguments were unlikely to prevail, RoyaltyShare founder Bob Kohn has formally appealed the approved e-book settlements with Penguin and Macmillan. As I noted earlier, Kohn’s argument is especially interesting, because he doesn’t assert that the publishers are innocent of collusion, merely that their collusion was “legally justified” because of Amazon’s market dominance. In the meantime, some details of expected refunds are emerging:
“According to Rust Consultants, more than 23 million consumer accounts will see refunds of as much as $3.06 per e-book for New York Times bestsellers purchased during the settlement, and $.73 for non-bestsellers, although those amount could still be adjusted.”Publishers Weekly
Kids Right to Read Project: Book Challenges Increased in 2013 – Here’s some scary news for the new year: the Kids Right to Read Project witnessed a 53% increase in attempts to ban books this year. Just in the last six months, there were 31 incidents, up from 14 during the second half of last year. Prospective banners included parents, library users, and local and state government officials. The good news is that the Project has also experienced more success in countering the would-be censorship.
“Another trend that emerged during the fall was a substantial number of challenges to notable works by well-known minority writers, including Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits and Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima.”Shelf Awareness
Style, Holiday Gift Guide | 17 Great Gifts for Book Lovers – Although there are some predictable choices here (the Kindle Fire, for example), there are also some nice surprises, including an Oyster membership ($10 for access to more than 100,000 digital books that can be read on the iPhone or iPad – anyone heard of this?), a book called Hollywood Dogs, and something I’ve now got my eye on, Tequila Mockingbird, a literary-minded cocktail guide. Heh.Entertainment Weekly
Why I’m leaving radio forever – According to Walsh, three to five million people a month read his blog, whereas a small fraction listened to him when he was on the radio. So he’s going to make his website his main focus, having it professionally redesigned and monetizing his web presence. I wonder if this will affect how his fans perceive him, and how viable this kind of monetization is in the long run.
“This is the avenue for my message and the platform for future opportunities that radio never was, and maybe never could be. In the last few months, I’ve been approached by some of the biggest conservative websites and blogs on the internet, asking if I’d like to work with them. People in media who I respect and admire (a small list, to be sure) have reached out. Recently, a cable news channel asked me if I’d be interested in being a contributor on their network. All of this, and I’ve only been able to work on the website part-time. I’ve seen the tip of the iceberg. “The Matt Walsh Blog
Hulu faces privacy lawsuit for sharing too much of your information with Facebook – Hulu has failed to win a dismissal of the case against them, brought by plaintiffs relying on a 1988 law originally passed in 1988 following the publication of Robert Bork’s video rental history. Although the law has since been amended, the changes came to late for the suit, and a federal judge additionally ruled that no actual injury needs to be shown on the part of Hulu users in order to proceed with their suit.
“Plaintiffs in the case, who are trying to qualify as a class action, are seeking at least $2,500 per violation, in addition to punitive damages and other claims. They claim Hulu violated their privacy by letting third-party marketers, advertisers, and social networks monitor viewing habits without permission. The plaintiffs specifically allege that Hulu sent information to Scorecard Research and sent “Facebook IDs that linked their video choices to personally identifiable Facebook registration information.”"The Daily Dot
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