As of this past weekend, all the settling publishers appear to have abandoned agency agreements with Amazon. Hopefully new deals will be struck between retailers like All Romance eBooks, Books on Board, Kobo and the like so that readers have true opportunity to shop around.
Ohio lawyer sues mug-shot websites – An Ohio lawyer is suing websites who post mugshots of individuals on the basis of extortion and inappropriate commercial use of the photo. Many mugshots are of individuals whose charges have been dismissed but the sites won’t remove the images until the individual pays a fee. First Amendment Center
Yellowstone’s popular alpha female wolf shot dead by hunters outside park– An alpha female wolf that lived in the boundaries of the Yellowstone national park and was tracked by researchers at the park was shot and killed by a hunter. Over eight wolves were killed in the last few weeks but hunting wolves is a legally sanctioned activity with grey wolves being taken off the endangered species list. I am sure I am adversely influenced by reading books like Julie of the Wolves and the Bitten series. Thank goodness Clay and Elena et al live in Northern New York. The Guardian
Paywalls roundup: Washington Post, Daily Beast, Gannett – The internet paywalls are going up which means readers will have to decide which sites they will want to read. The NYTimes and Wall Street Journal both have a paywall. One report by the Times indicates that the paywall has been a success. “Fifteen months after beginning to charge for reading more than ten articles and on reading devices, it hit 509,000 digital subscribers. Together with hikes in home delivery and weekday cover prices, that helped cross-format circulation revenue up 8.3 percent, offsetting print decline, it said.”PaidContent has a round up of all the other newspapers adding paywalls including the Washington Post, Daily Beast, and Gannett. paidContent
FCC to FAA: Allow ‘greater use’ of electronic devices during flights – There’s no evidence that the use of tablets and ereaders will cause problems in flying an airplane which is likely why the head of the FCC, Julius Genachowski, has asked for wider in-flight use of “tablets, e-readers, and other portable devices.” No word on when new regulations are likely to be enacted. The Hill’s Hillicon Valley