Wednesday News: Book in a Box, limiting IP use, Chrome privacy extension, and discussion with Jacqueline Woodson and Jimmy Carter
The 4 Steps a Startup Used to ‘Book’ $200K in 2 Months – Tucker Max, author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, has created what seems to be a very successful new venture called Book in a Box, which claims to help people write a book in 12 hours without them ever having to write a word. How is that possible, you ask? Here’s the pitch: “Your Book. In 12 Hours. Our team of professionals take your ideas and your words and turn them into a published book without you ever touching a keyboard.” Why is it possible, you ask? Because ‘the market abhors a vacuum’ is the best reason I can come up with at the moment.
Book in a Box is creating value. This is how it has had explosive growth.
“What’s really cool, at least to me, is how excited I am about this company, but not just because it’s making money,” Max says. “Yes, money is great, but in this case the money is only the proof of what matters in a new startup idea: that you are creating real value for real people, by solving their real problems. It appears that Book in a Box does just that — a lot of people really want a book, but they don’t have the time, ability or patience to do it the conventional way. We solve their problem.” –Entrepreneur Magazine
Public Interest Groups and Over a Thousand Users Call on the Copyright Office to Affirm Its Call for Sensible Copyright Policy – If you live in US, Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, or Brunei Darussalam, this article affects you – or rather the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement that involves limitations to intellectual property laws on an international scale – affects you. Among other things, the DMCA may become more powerful and Congress less so when it comes to copyright and other types of IP reform.
Under the copyright term extensions we’ve seen in leaked drafts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the quarter of a billion people living in six of the negotiating countries could lose access to 20 years of the public domain. This proposal conflicts not just with common sense, but with the suggestions from the United States Register of Copyrights that the U.S. policymakers should address the downsides of exceedingly long terms. We’ve sounded the alarm on that issue through a campaign highlighting TPP’s Copyright Trap. –Electronic Frontier Foundation
Chrome Extension Keeps Sites From Identifying You By Your Typing Habits – If you’re not already using Chrome, maybe you should be.
Developed by Paul Moore, Keyboard Privacy picks up where Ghostery leaves off. This extension is designed to thwart attempts to identify and track users based on their keyboard typing habits. It randomizes the rate at which characters are sent to a website when you are typing.
I know this sounds paranoid at first, but your typing patterns are unique and can be used to identify you. Banks already use this trick to prevent fraud, and it won’t be long before tracking companies use it widely (if they’re not already).–Ink, Bits, & Pixels (The Digital Reader)
Jimmy Carter and Jacqueline Woodson on Race, Religion and Rights – A fascinating discussion between Jacqueline Woodson and Jimmy Carter on race, growing up in the South, the Confederate flag, and the many and deep layers of racial injustice across generations in the United States.
JC: You know, intimacy and knowledge and mutual affection permeated some parts of the South when I was growing up during the depths of the civil-rights troubles. And we were not atypical. Every white family who farmed and had black neighbors, they knew each other, they cared for each other. They shared garden plots and wood to burn in the fireplace.
JW: But that also came from a sense of place and knowing our place — not disrupting it. From the time we were enslaved, there were complicated relationships between black and white people. There was love, and there was family, and so many ways in which it’s impossible to be on the outside and understand it. I even think there could be white people who love the flag and their black neighbors, and can’t understand why someone would make them choose between the two. That’s why I can’t get too caught up in the flag thing. It feels like Northerners trying to understand the South. –New York Times