Friday News: VPNs confound geo-restrictions, SFR Galaxy Award Winners, the state of electronic and print books, new roles for literary agents, and Happy Valentine’s Day
What drives this enthusiasm for VPNs, it could be argued, is the way media companies are not providing entertainment fast enough in a world where everyone can be hip to the newest movie and television show. New Zealand movie theaters are now showing “Dumb and Dumber To,” which was on screens in the United States in November.
“There is a mismatch between the perception that you get what you want over the Internet and distribution doesn’t matter anymore, and a copyright holder selling things by territory,” said Tim Wu, a professor of media and copyright at Columbia Law School. –New York Times
Launched in 2012 by bloggers Laurie A. Green of Spacefreighters Lounge and Heather Massey of The Galaxy Express, this event honors a variety of standout stories. The theme of the SFR Galaxy Awards is inclusiveness, recognizing multiple science-fiction romance books and/or the standout elements they contain. The basic philosophy behind this approach is to help connect readers with books. –USA Today
Thirty percent is starting to look like a plausible level for ebooks as a percentage of the trade- book market (in units, somewhat lower in dollars), and that’s a healthy market. The book publishing in- dustry was healthier in 2014 than in 2013, so my final suspicion might have some truth to it. As to the mass- market paperback market, there’s an October 2014 item about that here. Briefly, after huge declines from 2010 to 2013, the mass-market paperback market is stabilizing, even as ebook sales continue to rise (albeit much more slowly than in the past). So “probably not all” is, so far, about right—and I think “substantial portion” isn’t too far off either. –Cites and Insights
Where I think our industry falls down is the fear of participation. We need to be part of the deal, not just negotiating it. We need to be in partnership with the talent we believe in and create opportunities in every media for them. This is not simply being on their side when we broker the complex relationships with publisher and producer, but driving the deal as a partner, a stakeholder in our clients’ success. There are many ways to structure a deal and many ways of being a literary agent. At Curtis Brown, we have developed a successful agency-run creative writing course, a book group, a digital publishing facility and a television and film production company (Cuba Pictures).
Putting aside any quandaries about conflict of interest—there is rarely a conflict if the deal is fair and advantageous to the creator—our clients are more vulnerable if we can only sell them a set of relationships and industry practice. They need to be at the heart of production. –The Bookseller
The 20 best romance novels to spice up Valentine’s Day – According to Amazon, with blurbs, covers, and prices. Plus a vintage picture of Fabio. Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day! — Business Insider