Also, Barnes & Noble fails to disclose Author Solutions’ involvement to authors purchasing these services. The Nook Press Author Services site goes into great detail about these services but never once mentions that Author Solutions is fulfilling them. In fact, the way the FAQs on the site are worded makes it sound like Barnes & Noble/Nook Press carries out the work itself – which is extremely misleading.
Finally, authors who use Nook Press Author Services are not informed that their personal details are shared with Author Solutions, along with explicit permission to use those personal details to upsell Author Solutions’ infamous marketing packages. –David Gaughran
I feel like someday Barnes and Noble is going to be a case study in what not to do as a bookseller.
If you have a Nook app, you can still download and read your ebooks (for now). But if you want to protect your ebooks from B&N’s future bungling by removing the DRM, that’s going to require a little additional work.
To start, you’ll need to download, install, and activate NookStudy (get it here). You have to use it to download Nook ebooks. After you’ve downloaded a Nook ebook, NookStudy will have a copy of the new encryption key. (And once you have the key, you can use the usual workaround to bypass B&N’s block on downloading your Nook ebooks.)
You can find the key in one of NookStudy’s log files, and get this: NookStudy stores the key in plain text. –Ink, Bits & Pixels (aka The Digital Reader)
Phillip, How does this compare to doing live film scores?
PJ: Well I think the biggest difference is the difference between a film and a book — the film is made to go at a certain speed, which is determined by the director. But a book everybody reads at their own pace. Once you turn a book into a public performance, then you have to dictate a speed, but once you do that you’re sort of making a sacrifice for people on both sides, slow or fast. The only tool you have left in the experience of doing it, because of course we also have Art’s lecture, is music to try to accommodate that in a way that is going to serve the work itself the best. So the music has to be very involved in setting the pace, calling attention to certain things that are in it.
AS: But also — it’s not just comics, it’s music.
PS: It’s got do both. It’s got to be entertaining. It’s got to storytell. It’s got to harmonize with the historical and philosophical and political view of the individual works. So it has to do a lot of things at the same time, yet at the same time you don’t want to be literal with everything, you want to have a certain amount of elasticity in your relationship to them. So you’re always kind of juggling all those things, and you constantly have to juggle one to the other to the other. I remember the process because when we were doing the music and editing there was a lot of back and forth — there was just so much detail work.
AS: Here it’s like: let’s slow down these pictures because it’s just too much take in. –Flavorwire
Scott Eastwood, son of actor Clint Eastwood, stars in a Funny or Die spoof of The Bachelor, featuring a line up of adorable dogs. Scott must follow his heart if he’s going to find his true “man’s best friend.” –Mashable