Wednesday News: Apple settlement disbursed, B&N’s murky future, and the end of the period?
Amazon is Sending Out Emails for eBook Settlement Credits Today – Nate Hoffelder reports that emails from Amazon regarding ebook refunds from the recent Apple settlement are finally being disbursed to readers. Amazon has sent out an email, and word is that Barnes and Noble has also informed consumers of available refund credits.
Any US consumer who bought an ebook between 1 April 2010 and 21 May 2012 should be eligible to receive a pro-rated refund equivalent to $6.93 for each ebook which was on the New York Times best-seller list, and $1.57 for all other ebook purchases. Given the large number of ebook sites which have closed over the past few years, that refund is less than certain, but the major ebook retailers are following through. – The Digital Reader
Pulp Friction – Probably the most interesting thing to me about Alex Shephard’s piece on how the demise of Barnes and Noble will kill literary fiction (what he dubs “the so-called ‘serious’ works that get nominated for Pulitzers and National Book Awards”) is that Shephard doesn’t really talk about his previous gig as digital media director for Melville House publishing. His former job certainly explains the ‘Barnes and Noble as the SAVIOR OF HIGH FICTION’ nonsense, although the irony of trashing commercial fiction from the pages of the New Republic sort of undermines the moral imperative.
In a world without Barnes & Noble, risk-averse publishers will double down on celebrity authors and surefire hits. Literary writers without proven sales records will have difficulty getting published, as will young, debut novelists. The most literary of novels will be shunted to smaller publishers. Some will probably never be published at all. And rigorous nonfiction books, which often require extensive research and travel, will have a tough time finding a publisher with the capital to fund such efforts. – New Republic
Period. Full Stop. Point. Whatever It’s Called, It’s Going Out of Style – So apparently the period is being pummeled by the ubiquity of instant messaging. Or something. And look how clever the NYT was in its use (or disuse) of the punctuation in question. You know, I could, if pressed, make a case for the abandonment of the Oxford comma, but it’s difficult to imagine that the period is going to disappear from fully realized (and spelled out) prose. Just imagine how much more space on a page you would need to differentiate complete thoughts for a reader.
Geoffrey Nunberg, a linguist who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, noted that the 140-character limit imposed by Twitter and the reading of messages on a cellphone or hand-held device has repurposed the punctuation mark
“It is not necessary to use a period in a text message, so to make something explicit that is already implicit makes a point of it,” he said “It’s like when you say, ‘I am not going – period’ It’s a mark It can be aggressive It can be emphatic It can mean, ‘I have no more to say’ – New York Times