Friday Midday Links: S&S Has a Down Year
More plagiarism from authors and journalists.
NY Times has another reporter who has admitted to lifting text from other journalists, specifically from the Wall Street Journal. He apologized and said he thought it was his own material. Slate made up its own list of excuses by plagiarists.
But apologies might be a thing of the past. Author Helene Hegmann was accused of lifting and she retorted that her copying was a remixing of material.
Although Ms. Hegemann has apologized for not being more open about her sources, she has also defended herself as the representative of a different generation, one that freely mixes and matches from the whirring flood of information across new and old media, to create something new. "There's no such thing as originality anyway, just authenticity," said Ms. Hegemann in a statement released by her publisher after the scandal broke.
Hegemann’s book is finalists for the $20,000 prize of the Leipzig Book Fair in the fiction category. The jury picked her, even knowing the plagiarism charges.
Harlequin seriously wants everyone in the world to read its books. The latest is that they have opened an office in Turkey. ” HARLEQUIN TURKIYE will officially open its offices in Istanbul’s Kadikoy district in February, 2010.”
ComputerWorld has an article about how awful Adobe’s EPUB encryption is because even though the EPUB container might be standard, the proprietary systems are not, from the nook to the Sony and now Apple who will encrypt with Fair Play. Breaking the Amazon monopoly would be easy if publishers would just abandon the ridiculous DRM which only serves to punish legitimate customers by confusing and hampering their reading enjoyment. Sarah Wendell calls DRM, Driving Readers Mad. It’s so true.
Kindle for Blackberry is available but only in the US.
According to Kindle Daily Nation, a note in the Blackberry announcement indicates that Kindle will be available on the iPad. (Via Teleread).
File this under horribly creepy but some school is accused of spying on kids in their home through the students’ mac books. According to the lawsuit posted at Boing Boing, each family was issued a personal laptop equipped with a web camera by the Lower Merion School District. One student was disciplined for engaging “in improper behavior in his home” and they cited “as evidence a photograph from the webcam.” If this is true, I can’t even begin to express the egregious nature of the privacy violation.
Lori posted about things that pull her out of a book.
Men in their late 30’s or 40s that can have sex For. Ever. And Ever. And Over. And Over. Sorry, but unless you’re mainlining Viagra, that’s just not happening. Male recovery time is the perfect time for pillow talk. Just sayin’. (I will add a sour grapes note that this didn’t bother me until my late 30s. Heh.)
Sarah is taking a survey of where people buy their books. I buy at Amazon, Fictionwise, Books on Board and Barnes and Noble.
2009 wasn’t a very good year for Simon & Schuster. It’s revenue was down 7% and its operating income declined 42.5%. Caroline Reidy blames the assault on the hardcover and noted that all paperback formats did better which means in 2010, you’ll see more trade paperback reprints and originals. Here’s hoping that S&S jacks those ebook prices up high. (sarcasm).