GF Newman on self-publishing: ‘There are huge changes coming’ – Beyond the giddy optimism some traditionally published authors bring to self-publishing, I think it’s interesting to see how different authors approach the business of becoming their own publisher. GF Newman, who lays claim to creating Law and Order in 1978 (a miniseries at the time), has written a book and placed George Clooney on the cover (apparently with permission), and he talks about some of the reasons he turned to self-publishing to do so. Among them is the ‘it’s greener’ rationale. Not surprisingly, he believes that digital publishing is going to create “revolution” on several fronts:
“There are huge changes coming to the world of publishing – a revolution that will make the ground almost unrecognisable. The end of physical books is not yet in sight, but the inroads ebooks are making into the market will penetrate deeper and deeper. More and more established writers will turn to ebooks, whether self-published or through their agents. Book agents will all but disappear, turning themselves into electronic publishers and working as editors in order to survive, with their clients getting 50 or 60% share of the ‘cover’ price instead of 10%”The Guardian
Court Orders Yelp to Reveal Anonymous Reviewers’ Identities – So the moral of this story seems to be, in part, don’t troll anonymously on the Internet in Virginia, because state law may not protect you. Indeed, the owner of a carpet cleaning business is suing several anonymous Yelp reviewers for what he deems to be “defamatory” comments, in part because he believes that they are not even customers, and are therefore cannot make a valid negative claim about a service they never received (i.e. “the review is based on a false statement of fact”). It’s going to be interesting (and perhaps frightening) to see where this leads.
“It seems like a bit of a fishing expedition, wrapped around a catch-22: Hadeed suspects that the reviewers aren’t customers, and if they’re making up facts, they lose First Amendment protection and are liable for defaming him. But Hadeed can’t possibly prove that until he knows their identities, which requires a court to rule that First Amendment protections don’t apply.”Gawker
How to Understand Why an Awesome Book Cover Became Expensive Fine Art – This is a really fascinating series of stories, and although I am linking to the most recent one (with the most updated information), you should really scroll through the links, and even check out the additional coverage on BoingBoing, where there is additional commentary about the question of whether Glenn Brown, who has been remixing science fiction book covers and classical painting, is doing transformative work in copyright terms. One of Brown’s paintings, which looks at first glance like a barely altered copy of an Isaac Asimov book cover by Chris Foss, recently sold for $5.7 million (although the artist was not the one who sold it), which apparently gave rise to the recent attention, much of it negative. Still, the story raises important questions about originality, the meaning of “transformative,” and the process/project of artistic interpretation.
“And finally, Foss says he gave Brown permission to remix his work, while Foss was distracted by working on Stanley Kubricks A.I. and didnt notice what he was agreeing to. Foss apparently regretted this afterwards, once he saw Browns work getting nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize in 2000.”i09
Kindle Book Review – kindle e books – Dear God, No, is all I have to say about this travesty (well, it’s all I have to say that’s even marginally printable, at least). Want to know what’s wrong with publishing today? This sentence should give you the first clue: “There’s no better way to generate buzz and create credibility for your books than to get good reviews. And the negative reviews will probably do you no harm either. So how do you go about getting those reviews, and what should you pay?”Kindle Book Review
Nation’s first bookless public library system opens – I reported on this new library in Bexar County, Texas a few weeks ago, and here is a follow-up piece with a picture of the library and more details about its appearance and holdings. Apparently is resembles an Apple store and contains 10,000 ebooks, 500 e-reading devices, and 20 iPads and laptops. It looks like it cost less than $2.5 million to build, which seems pretty reasonable to me.
“As Time reported in September, this isn’t the first time a public library has opened without printed books. In 2002, the Tucson-Pima Public Library system in Arizona opened a book-free branch, providing Web-based services and job training. But after just a few years, the library phased in printed materials. Its patrons demanded them.”Los Angeles Times
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