Thursday News: Digital fiction may reach 50% for trade fiction in 2014; Ann Rule sues reviewer for defamation; Samsung overtaking Apple

Thursday News: Digital fiction may reach 50% for trade fiction in...

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Rule claims she is also offended at being called a sloppy storyteller.  I’m guessing Rule loses on this.  


According to the Fox, the Hopper automatically records eight days’ worth of prime time programming on the four major networks that subscribers can play back on request. Beginning a few hours after the broadcast, viewers can choose to watch a program without ads…In November 2012, the district refused to enjoin Dish’s operation. The court found that (1) Dish can’t be held directly liable for the conduct of its customers (according to the volitional conduct doctrine, the person who causes the copy to be made is the direct infringer, not the service that merely facilitates it); and (2) Dish can’t be held indirectly either because time-shifting is a protected fair use and the networks can’t challenge commercial skipping because they don’t have a copyright interest in the commercials. EFF

According to its “Understanding the E-Book Consumer” July report, Nielsen estimates that for next year e-book sales of fiction will amount to 47m units, some 300,000 ahead of the paperback figure and 48% of total fiction sales. However, because the average selling price of an e-book is less than £3, compared to £5.50 for a paperback, the value of e-book sales in 2014 will be only 32% of the fiction total. According to Nielsen, lower revenues from e-books are not the only worry for publishers. Print revenues are declining too. “We predict the value of the overall fiction market will fall 16% this year, and by a further 4% in 2014. Sales of hardback and paperback novels are falling faster than sales of fiction e-books are rising,” Nielsen said.” The Bookseller