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Wednesday News: The Reputation of tattoos, LibraryThing’s security breach, Adobe’s DRM (again), and Duke Ellington’s ‘compiling”

Wednesday News: The Reputation of tattoos, LibraryThing’s security breach, Adobe’s DRM...

The story – that tattooing has “entered the mainstream” – is just one of a number of tattoo tropes recycled relentlessly over the decades, suggests Dr Matt Lodder, art historian and tattoo expert at the University of Essex.

Others include:

Everybody seems to be getting tattooed, should we not be concerned?
Surprise at women, the young or the old getting a tattoo
The pain during a tattoo
The issue of regret at having a tattoo

-BBC News

All evidence points to this being an email-hacking attack. We have every reason to believe no other LibraryThing data was taken, not even user names. The intent was probably to grab the emails for spam, and break the password hashes, if possible. When broken, the passwords could be used against members who used the same password for their email, or email-based services, as they used on LibraryThing. Using the same password across many services is bad practice, but not uncommon. No financial data could have been taken. We do not get or store credit card numbers or any other financial information.

-The LibraryThing Blog

After receiving feedback from customers and webinar attendees, Adobe has revised the migration timetable for customers. “Adobe does not plan to stop support for ACS 4 or RMSDK 9. ACS 5 books will be delivered to the older RMSDK 9 based readers”, according to Shameer Ayyappan, Senior Product Manager at Adobe. “We will let our resellers and publishers decide when they wish to set the DRM flag on ACS 5, thus enforcing the need for RMSDK 10 based readers.”

-The Digital Reader

In the altogether fantastic Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington (public library) — one of the best biographies and memoirs of 2013 — Terry Teachout reveals that for the beloved composer, who was already a man of curious paradoxes, this creative duality was as palpable as the line between plagiarism and originality was blurred. Ellington, it turns out, made a regular habit of “borrowing” melodic fragments composed by the soloists in his famed orchestra, then transforming them into hit songs — without credit, creative or financial, to the originators

-Brain Pickings

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Monday News: Ebook sales increase margin; LibraryThing tries to step up...

In 2012, everyone but Random House suffered substantial legal bills and costs associated with agency pricing. Even after reduced growth and reduced revenue, publishers were still posting a close to 10% margin. If they can increase the volume of sales, the margin will be even higher.Publishers Weekly

I only agree with number 2 of Spalding’s assessment. I shopped at Zappos before and after the acquisition by Amazon and it remains my favorite place to online shop for shoes, clothes, and bags. Further, the majority of users don’t really care about monopolies until the monopoly hurts them.

Finally, if LibraryThing wants to take full advantage of the opening it perceives has been made by Amazon’s purchase of Goodreads, I would hope that it redesigns its site and makes it easier to use. A lot of people gravitated toward Goodreads, not because it was nimble and independent, but because it was better looking and easier to use. LibraryThing

The literary community that dominates the newspapers and the indie bookstores won’t allow themselves to view those people who like Colleen Hoover’s books or EL James books or Sylvia Day’s books as valued customers.

Amazon has no such pretensions. If you are selling, they want to highlight you. Step one for literary community should begin with “Embrace the customer as she is”.Magellan Media Partners