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Tuesday News: Book sales stabilizing?; Holiday Tree Safety Tips; Copyright Preventing Creative Works

Tuesday News: Book sales stabilizing?; Holiday Tree Safety Tips; Copyright Preventing...

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One reader emailed me and suggested that if B&N falls due to its large size and its rental commitments and the decline of paper sales overall, the indie bookstore will rise up. Ann Patchett spoke passionately about her new bookstore in Nashville.  According to Oren Teicher, head of the ABA, more indies have opened doors than closed them.

But Oren Teicher, head of the American Booksellers Association, says that in the past three years, more indies have opened than closed. Thanks in part to a growing “buy local” movement, he says, stores like Patchett’s are part of a “modestly upward trend.” 

The EPA estimates that Americans alone turn over about 130 million cell phones each year, and the number is growing as more people in more households adopt smartphones as their primary communication tool. Cell phones also have shorter lifespans than, say, a computer or a TV, about 18 months on average before owners buy the next hot thing. 

The good thing is that there is a growing number of firms that are interested in taking old electronics and if not repurposing them then re using the individual components, either melted down or whole, and sold into the commodities market. CNET Blogs

RWA was sending a message that if your books aren’t solely romance, you don’t belong in RWA. Yesterday, months after the RWA convention and the RITA rules change, the RWA’s Women’s Fiction chapter announced it will disband because it no longer conforms to RWA bylaws. (Although I am sure RWA will be happy to accept your $500 plus registration fee if you want to come to the convention) Deanna Raybourn

Friday News: Random House launches three digital only imprints; Trademark rejected; First sale case criticized by Colbert; Somewhat increase protection for emails introduced

Friday News: Random House launches three digital only imprints; Trademark rejected;...

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
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Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive has a great run down of the case and its background.  For instance, it could affect whether I could resell the paperback I purchased via BookDepository of a book only published in Australia.

Under a 1986 law called The Electronic Communications Acts, emails stored in the cloud can be accessed by the FBI without a warrant. This is how Petraeus got caught because Google blithely handed over information requested by the FBI.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has now approved a bill that would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant to read emails. However, law enforcement can delay informing subjects that their emails have been seized for 180 days, a period that can be renewable.

One way to avoid this? Create your own cloud. The Hill’s Hillicon Valley

RH digital only

In addition, this digital-only program will seek out the best and brightest names in the next generation of authors, enabling us to cultivate a team of writers in the publishing world’s most prolific and lively genres. … Under this program, authors will have a complete and unique publishing package. Every book will be assigned to an accomplished Random House editor and a dedicated publicist. They will also have the invaluable support of Random House’s experienced marketing and digital sales teams, who know how to reach out to and expand each book’s dedicated readership. … To reach the widest possible readership, every title will be available for purchase at major e-retailers and will be compatible with all reading devices.

According to PaidContent, RH is looking to help self published authors seeking broader access. In some ways, this sounds like a type of publishing services program.   PW has a little more information:

The editorial team will be overseen by Gina Wachtel, v-p, associate publisher, with the support of Sue Grimshaw, editor-at-large, romance; Randall Klein, associate editor, mystery and thrillers, and Sarah Reed, associate editor, science-fiction and fantasy.

Hopefully whatever website they create for these imprints, it looks better than the monstrosity they currently have set up.

Goods and Services IC 003. US 001 004 006 050 051 052. G & S: Soaps; perfumery; essential oils; cosmetics; preparations for the hair, skin, body, face, hands and feet; depilatory preparations; exfoliating preparations; shaving preparations; waxing preparations for the removal of hair

IC 004. US 001 006 015. G & S: Candles and wicks for lighting; scented candles

IC 006. US 002 012 013 014 023 025 050. G & S: Goods of common metal; handcuffs; shackles; karabiners; metal grids; metal chains

IC 009. US 021 023 026 036 038. G & S: Recording discs; compact discs; DVDs and other digital recording media; tapes; recording discs; sound recordings; video recordings; recorded films; electronic publications; sunglasses; mobile phones; mobile phone accessories; mobile phone applications and software

IC 010. US 026 039 044. G & S: Sex aids including ropes; marital aids; benwa balls, being adult sexual aids; adult sexual stimulation aids; vibrators; condoms; massage apparatus

IC 014. US 002 027 028 050. G & S: Jewellery; costume jewellery; clocks and watches

IC 016. US 002 005 022 023 029 037 038 050. G & S: Paper, cardboard and goods made from these materials; printed matter; photographs; stationery; calendars; postcards; greetings cards; books; magazines

IC 018. US 001 002 003 022 041. G & S: Leather and imitation leather and goods made from these materials; animal hides; trunks and travelling bags; handbags, rucksacks, purses, wallets, holdalls; umbrellas; whips

IC 020. US 002 013 022 025 032 050. G & S: Furniture; mirrors; picture frames; articles made of wood, cork, reed, cane, wicker, horn, bone, ivory, whalebone, shell, amber; mother-of-pearl, meerschaum or plastic; garden furniture; pillows and cushions; mugs

IC 024. US 042 050. G & S: Textiles and textile goods; bed and table covers; rugs; duvets; covers for pillows, cushions or duvets

IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: Clothing; footwear; headgear; lingerie, men’s underwear, hosiery, bathing costumes; dressing gowns; nightwear; costumes for use in role-play

IC 028. US 022 023 038 050. G & S: Games and playthings; soft toys; playing cards; boardgames; gymnastic and sporting articles

IC 033. US 047 049. G & S: Wines; spirits and liqueurs; alcopops; alcoholic cocktails

IC 034. US 002 008 009 017. G & S: Smokers’ articles; matches; lighters for smokers

IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Education services; entertainment services; party planning; arranging of parties; hosting social entertainment events; production of films; sporting and cultural activities; arranging of conferences, seminars and symposiums

IC 045. US 100 101. G & S: Marriage guidance counselling; personal relationship consulting
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