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E-books, How Do We Love Thee? Let BISG Count the Ways

E-books, How Do We Love Thee? Let BISG Count the Ways | Business of Publishing | Scoop.it

"At $6,750 BISG's latest consumer data on consumer attitudes toward e-books isn't cheap. But timely, objective data on e-books is scarce. We've got a taste."

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Check it Out with Michael Kelley: The Rise in Digital Pricing

Check it Out with Michael Kelley: The Rise in Digital Pricing | Business of Publishing | Scoop.it
Pricing has always been a sensitive topic for publishers and libraries, dating back to the advent of “big deal” style e-journal packages and the so-called serials crisis.
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The Time Machine Investigates the First-sale Doctrine

The Time Machine Investigates the First-sale Doctrine | Business of Publishing | Scoop.it
The first-sale doctrine was a key component of the print world, but now many people want to extend this doctrine to digital media. Such a move would likely change the nature of content to make it ...
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The Scholarly Kitchen

by Joseph Esposito, May 28, 2013

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Are 'predatory' publishers an American export?

Are 'predatory' publishers an American export? | Business of Publishing | Scoop.it
65% of the so-called predatory publishers named on Beall's list may be based in the United States
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By Rob Virkar-Yates

Semantico Blog

 

Virkar-Yates points to the "laziness" of normative judgements when it comes to assumptions about predatory publishing. These judgements can be unfair, but do they also put those making the judgement at a disadvantage by blinding them to interesting developments and opportunities in unfamiliar domains?

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Piggyback Technology

Piggyback Technology | Business of Publishing | Scoop.it
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Christopher Harris of American Libraries Magazine on Bookish, a publishing industry website that tries to "out-Amazon Amazon"

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Stirrings from the Old and New Publishing Scene out West

Stirrings from the Old and New Publishing Scene out West | Business of Publishing | Scoop.it
For 36 years, an undaunted Irwin Zucker, himself a public relations professional, has been hosting bi-monthly meetings of the Book Publicists of Southern California, bringing together at each event a hundred or so published authors and authors...
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For the historical record - this article give an insiders' view of Southern California's professional publishing organizations and in the process provides an intersting context for current trends in the profession (including higher levels of author autonomy and the changing market for industry professionals)

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Publishers’ Greatest Challenges in Digital

Digiday

By Josh Sternberg, June 14, 2012

 

Technology Review's Jason Pontin, Demand Media's Joanne Bradford, Business Insider's Julie Hansen and others weigh in on what should keep publishers up at night.

 

Julie Hansen: "...the monstrous expense of supporting multiple platforms. Will mobile engender new native publishing formats, or is it just Web content made portable? Will it develop a sustainable advertising model?"

 

David Doty: "Publishers are also dedicating lots of time and effort to communicating with consumers around how to manage their privacy,"

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Book industry under siege: Copycat lawsuits cropping up around the world

Book industry under siege: Copycat lawsuits cropping up around the world | Business of Publishing | Scoop.it

Melville House Books

By Dennis Johnson, April 23, 2012

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Technology Can Keep Publishers From Perishing

Technology Can Keep Publishers From Perishing | Business of Publishing | Scoop.it

Bloomberg View

April 22, 2012

 

A few years ago, according to the Justice Department, publishers decided on a strategy to fight the grave and gathering menace posed to their business model by the rise of digital books: They would meet about it.

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The DOJ's Publishing Lawsuit May Doom Digital Rights Management

The DOJ's Publishing Lawsuit May Doom Digital Rights Management | Business of Publishing | Scoop.it

Bloomberg Businessweek

By Brad Stone and Felix Gillette, April 18, 2012

 

In the days following the announcement of the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against publishers accused of colluding with Apple to raise e-book prices, much of the U.S. publishing industry decamped to the U.K.

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Justice Dept. Sues Apple and Publishers Over E-Book Pricing; 3 Publishers Settle

Justice Dept. Sues Apple and Publishers Over E-Book Pricing; 3 Publishers Settle | Business of Publishing | Scoop.it

New York Times

April 11, 2012

 

Several publishers are said to have already agreed to a settlement that is expected to be announced at noon by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

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Ebooks and Antitrust

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Another take on the DOJ suit against publishers:

 

"It’s true antitrust laws are there primarily to protect consumers, but they do that in part by protecting competitors and suppliers from chokeholds in markets. Doing so ultimately protects consumers in the long run—on prices and on selection."

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Apple Not Likely to Be a Loser in the E-Book Legal Fight

Apple Not Likely to Be a Loser in the E-Book Legal Fight | Business of Publishing | Scoop.it
If Apple loses the legal case filed against it and book publishers on Wednesday over e-book pricing, will it be deeply wounded in its growing rivalry with Amazon? Not likely, analysts say.
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Amazon Calls Baloney | American Libraries Magazine

Amazon Calls Baloney | American Libraries Magazine | Business of Publishing | Scoop.it
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Hachette vs. Amazon, from a library perspective.

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Open access: the view from the library

Open access: the view from the library | Business of Publishing | Scoop.it
In the wake of the Finch report last year, the UK government gave unequivocal support to gold Open Access. So how are libraries coping with the turmoil?
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Semantico

June 19, 2013

by John Helmer

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United States copyright case law - Wikisource, the free online library

United States copyright case law - Wikisource, the free online library | Business of Publishing | Scoop.it
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A great reference, contributors welcome!

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"Fair use" takes center stage at Google Books appeal

"Fair use" takes center stage at Google Books appeal | Business of Publishing | Scoop.it
The long-running fight over Google’s decision to scan the world’s library books took a new twist on Wednesday as an appeals court pushed the parties over copyright law’s “fair use” doctrine.
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The wrong goodbye of Barnes and Noble » MobyLives

The wrong goodbye of Barnes and Noble » MobyLives | Business of Publishing | Scoop.it
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A most bleak assessment for the future of book publishing in the wake of Barnes and Noble store closures.

 

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BookExpo America Report: Book Publishing Begins Anew as a Startup and Growth Industry

BookExpo America Report: Book Publishing Begins Anew as a Startup and Growth Industry | Business of Publishing | Scoop.it

Book Business Magazine

By Eugene G. Schwartz, June 8, 2012

 

Excerpt:

 

"Themes that emerged in all of the forums included:

 

"The deconstruction of the industry with the decoupling of its value proposition as more independent development, marketing and distribution services emerge

 

"Penetration of the USA as a market for newly competitive European and Latin American book sales rather than for the sale of rights,

 

"The simultaneous survival and displacement of print by ebooks

 

"The astonishing regulatory invasion of our turf by the Justice Department and the courts in an unprecedented and big way

 

"The new and gingerly careful leap into the services and publishing space by literary and other agents and other author support services

 

"The incredible opportunities for new ventures as a result of cloud services and new mobile, browser, html and ePub reflowable and fixed format content accesst

 

"The increasingly shorter life spans of arduously developed new workflows that were state of the art a year ago and are now out of date."

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Amazon: The Elephant in the Room

Amazon: The Elephant in the Room | Business of Publishing | Scoop.it

Book Business

By Mark Hendricks, March 2012

 

"There’s no way around it: The Seattle-based e-tailer has become the dominant force of change in book publishing today. Whether that’s good or bad for the industry is no easy question to answer."

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Note to publishers: Your addiction to DRM is killing you

Note to publishers: Your addiction to DRM is killing you | Business of Publishing | Scoop.it

Gigaom

By Mathew Ingram, April 18, 2012

 

Book publishers argue that Amazon is a vicious monopoly that has too much power over them and their content. But they need to realize they gave Amazon much of that power themselves when they agreed to shackle all of their books in DRM chains.

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Amazon’s E-Book Pricing a Constant Thorn for Publishers

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New York Times

By David Streitfeld, April 15, 2012

 

In February, the Educational Development Corporation said it would remove its titles from Amazon, more evidence of the tumult over who gets to decide how much a book costs.

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A dark day for the future of books

A dark day for the future of books | Business of Publishing | Scoop.it

CNN.com

April 16, 2012

 

Mark Coker says the lawsuit against Apple and five publishers will end up harming those who write, publish, sell and enjoy e-books.

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E-book price-fixing: Amazon is the real bad guy.

E-book price-fixing: Amazon is the real bad guy. | Business of Publishing | Scoop.it

"This week, the Obama administration’s Justice Department struck a great legal blow against our open market for books, and indeed against open markets in America:

 

"Over time, it became clear that the best way to lower prices over the long run was in fact to allow producers to set higher prices today. That’s because doing so forces producers to compete with producers rather than retailers. And it forces retailers to compete with retailers rather than with producers. The result being that we end up with both producers and retailers doing a better job of serving the consumer.

 

"The laws designed to restrict price predation also helped not merely to arrest the consolidation of power begun during the Plutocratic era, but to reverse the process. One result was that Americans enjoyed a truly open market for books well into the 1980s, one that delivered well-edited, provocative works priced to fit almost any budget.

So how do we restore our open market for books?"

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