One of the country’s most well-known judges has taken the Arthur Conan Doyle estate to task for shaking down publishers, and for threatening to collude with distributors like Amazon and Barnes & Noble to wring licensing revenue for Sherlock Holmes works that are clearly in the public domain.
In a ruling issued Monday in Chicago, U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Posner ordered the Doyle estate to pay $30,679.93 in legal fees to Leslie Klinger, an author and editor who crushed the estate’s demands for licensing fees on a Sherlock Holmes anthology composed of stories written before 1923. –Gigaom
These romance writers ditched their publishers for ebooks — and made millions – Despite some of the dismissive language (“churning out” books, etc.), this is a pretty good profile of how female Romance writers, in particular, are changing the face of publishing, and making unprecedented profits in the process. The boys may talk talk talk about everything they “know” about self-publishing, but the girls are getting down to business and actually doing it. And self-publishing *is* a business.
Andre isn’t the only one. Despite the fact that ebook sales in the U.S. have begun to level off, romance books are much more likely to be purchased in digital format. Nearly 40% of new romance books in the first quarter of 2014 were purchased as ebooks, compared to 32% bought in paperback form, according to a recent report by Nielsen. In contrast, ebooks accounted for less than one-quarter of total new book sales during the same time period.
Say what you will about romance novels (bodice-rippers, Fabio covers and all), it’s hard to deny that some of the most exciting entrepreneurs in the U.S. today aren’t hoodie-wearing app developers — they’re women writing books for women and making millions in the process. –Yahoo News
Hotel fines $500 for every bad review posted online – This is so crazy I can’t believe no one has sued the hotel yet. Book a wedding at New York’s Union Street Guest House, and should one of your guests leave a negative review of the place on Yelp, the hotel charges you $500. Get the guest to nix the review and get a refund of your $500. That’s $500 PER review, by the way.
For any bad reviews that do make it online, the innkeepers aggressively post “mean spirited nonsense,” and “she made all of this up.”
In response to a review complaining of rude treatment over a bucket of ice, the proprietors shot back: “I know you guys wanted to hang out and get drunk for 2 days and that is fine. I was really really sorry that you showed up in the summer when it was 105 degrees .?.?. I was so so so sorry that our ice maker and fridge were not working and not accessible. –Page Six
Naughty Nuns, Flatulent Monks, and Other Surprises of Sacred Medieval Manuscripts – Despite the prurient, almost adolescent, appeal of some of these images, this is a really interesting article about the Medieval art form of Marginalia, much of which was produced in religious texts. Satirical commentary, counter-text, and subversive imaginings, these images can be, in their own way, commentary on both the text and the process of producing it, and the conversation between the text proper and the marginalia results in another narrative level for reading and interpretation.
The prevailing view for most of the 19th and 20th centuries was that marginalia was nonsensical, unserious, profane, and had nothing to do with the sacred images it surrounded. It was only relatively recently, due to the work of scholars like Michael Camille and Lillian Randall, in particular, that marginalia became viewed as a genre worthy of study in and of itself. Camille has suggested that marginalia emerged from the tradition of the gloss, which is an explanatory note that helps elucidate difficult passages in the text. A gloss wasn’t a footnote; it was actually written into the margin, either in the original language of the book or in the vernacular.
In the context of medieval illuminated manuscripts, the kinds of images that occur in the margins are pretty astonishing. Although there were recurrent themes and symbols, the artists seem to be less constrained by traditional sacred imagery. Think, for example, of how the image of the Crucifixion or the Last Supper became iconic, as the same composition and visual cues were repeated over and over. Imagination is allowed much freer rein in the margins of a book; it’s allowed to run amok. So monsters or human-monster hybrids, animals behaving as humans, and fart jokes were all fair game. –Collectors Weekly
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