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Wednesday News: New children’s lit subscription service, new women’s lifestyle site, trans-Atlantic book cover comparisons, and HarperCollins makes piracy claims against its own content

Wednesday News: New children’s lit subscription service, new women’s lifestyle site,...

“Epic! joins a number of recent launches of subscription e-book services but in this case one focused on children’s books for readers 5-12 years old. The service launches with about 2,000 kids’ e-books from major publishers, among them Open Road Integrated Media, Lerner Publishing, and Simon & Schuster. E-books are streamed and Epic! offers instant access along with recommendations, badges and gaming-like rewards, offline reading and time-spent reading data for parents. The Epic! interface also emphasizes reading and does not include the audio, animation and interactive effects usually added to children’s e-books.” Publishers Weekly

“The Window Seat, which will launch on Thursday (30th January), is a “Pan Macmillan branded audience-focused vertical bringing together the best in women’s fiction, as well as non-fiction and lifestyle content targeted at this core group of readers”.” The Bookseller

“Of course, as with any product online there are people out there prepared to exploit the same content digitally, through more unofficial channels. To that end HarperCollins has been hiring anti-piracy companies to remove files and links from the Internet in the hope that unauthorized content will be harder to find. However, there have been unintended consequences.” TorrentFreak

Tuesday News: Tarantino sues Gawker, James Baldwin and Audre Lorde converse, digital publishing is growing in India, successful books are vivisected, and more questions emerge about new Adobe DRM strategy

Tuesday News: Tarantino sues Gawker, James Baldwin and Audre Lorde converse,...

“Tarantino’s lawyers filed a lawsuit that said: ‘Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people’s rights to make a buck. This time they went too far. Rather than merely publishing a news story reporting that Plaintiff’s screenplay may have been circulating in Hollywood without his permission, Gawker Media crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire Screenplay illegally.’” Los Angeles Times

“If we can put people on the moon and we can blow this whole planet up, if we can consider digging 18 inches of radioactive dirt off of the Bikini atolls and somehow finding something to do with it – if we can do that, we as Black cultural workers can somehow begin to turn that stuff around – because there’s nobody anymore buying ‘cave politics’ – ‘Kill the mammoth or else the species is extinct.’ We have moved beyond that. Those little scrubby-ass kids in the sixth grade – I want those Black kids to know that brute force is not a legitimate way of dealing across sex difference. I want to set up some different paradigms.” MoCADA Museum

“‘We have therefore started reaching out to bloggers with a significant audience. They are definitely more unbiased and objective in their feedback,’ Karthika said as she stressed the growing reach of social networking in particular and the World Wide Web in general in today’s context. ‘It is intriguing to see the rising demand for e-books. For instance, our own survey shows that an e-book that made Rs 25,000 a few months ago is now generating revenue of about Rs 1.25 lakh,’ she noted.” Times Of India

“Perhaps Adobe should have adopted a more long term and integrated approach by embedding both encrypted and later watermarked solutions within InDesign and collected the money in the upstream development. They could have still offered the downstream licence operation but would have probably achieved greater control of the market. Files could have been automatically exported in multiple formats all offering the publisher multiple channels and retailers an incentive to do what they do best – price and sell. Also it should be noted that as Adobe move towards the subscription based licencing of all their tools, this simpler approach could have been bundled in as a value added incentive to publishers.” Brave New World