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Monday News: Authors Guild appeals, digital book sales, digital lending & sales, and another cute video

Monday News: Authors Guild appeals, digital book sales, digital lending &...

Authors Guild asks court to rule against Google – From the files of ‘give it up already,’ the Authors Guild has filed an appeal with the 2nd Circuit, obviously unhappy with Judge Chin’s dismissal of their suit against Google. The Authors Guild is claiming that Google is engaging in anti-competitive behavior.

“Google is yanking readers out of online bookstores,” Authors Guild President Roxana Robinson said in a statement. “Google digitized authors’ works in order to lure book buyers away from online booksellers to its turf, seeking to bring countless eyeballs to its ads.” –USA Today

For E-books, More Good News, Few Trends: Facts & Figures 2013 – What I find most interesting about this article is not the commentary, but the lists of books themselves. Not just where books fall in the sales ranks, but which books end up there together. As the gap narrows between hardcover and digital sales, will traditional publishing try to move more aggressively into the digital market with books that try to recreate some of the indie successes? One thing’s for sure – it’s gonna be interesting.

Reports from the Association of American Publishers on e-book sales suggest that the industry is maturing and growth will plateau soon. This is a format that went from 3% of U.S. book sales in 2009, to 17% in 2011, to 22.55% in 2012. Figures for 2013 are not yet available, but judging by the number of publishers who shared their 2013 e-book stats for this roundup, the sense is that the sales numbers will continue to rise even if there is a slowdown. –Publishers Weekly

E-lending trial leads to click-through sales – Now here’s a shocker (not): digital lending boosts book sales, as readers purchase even as they’re reading the book they’ve borrowed from the library. The latest evidence comes from an experiment launched in UK public libraries with the cooperation of UK publishers, and it’s only been in implementation since early March. I hope Simon and Schuster is paying attention.

The trial also saw borrowed e-books yield click-through purchases. In Derbyshire, for example, 20 e-books were bought from 464 loans in the first monitoring period—many of which were purchased while the reader was part of the way through the e-book. –The Bookseller

These Four Talented Ladies Walked on Stage. What They Did Next Blew The Audience Away! – I don’t even want to share more than the title to this video, because I don’t want to spoil the surprise. It’s pretty cool, though. –Reshareworthy

Thursday News: The Authors Guild’s appeal, Underrated movies, below-stairs stories, Alice in Wonderland redux, and Plus-Size Barbie

Thursday News: The Authors Guild’s appeal, Underrated movies, below-stairs stories, Alice...

“In a statement following the decision, Authors Guild executive director Paul Aiken told PW that Chin’s decision represented “a fundamental challenge to copyright that merits review by a higher court.” Aiken claims that Google’s unauthorized mass digitization and exploitation far exceeds the bounds of the fair use defense.”” Publishers Weekly

“Sayles gives his actors nuanced characters to play — Bernice goes from ball-busting parole officer to heartbroken mother — and he coaxes flinty performances out of his three marvelous leads. The script is laced with humor, and contains savvy observations about being careful when doing favors for people, and how one’s choices in life inform who someone is. As each character takes risks, crossing personal boundaries as well as legal borders — both literal and figurative — viewers will become invested as to what will pay off for whom.”Salon

“Woolf wasn’t the only one to “blue-pencil” out the servants. While literature is filled with famous governesses—Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Thackeray’s Becky Sharp, and the unnamed narrator in James’s “The Turn of the Screw,” to name a few—the same isn’t true for housemaids.”The New Yorker

“It is a beautiful and sensitive presentation of Carroll’s book featuring the art of twelve post-Tenniel illustrators.  The ebook can be enjoyed as a conventional read (on a tablet, that is), you can peruse the art alone, listen to it, but best of all are the animations which combine art and story fabulously.” Huffington Post