On the Books: Google appears set to win case against Authors Guild


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Article: Apple Appeals eBook Price Fixing Sentence


The link below is to an article that reports on Apple’s appeal against the sentence handed down in the ebooks price fixing lawsuit.

For more visit:
http://www.mediabistro.com/appnewser/apple-appeals-ebook-collusion-charges_b41203

Against Dust Jackets


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I hate dust jackets. Every hardcover that comes into my possession is desecrated, almost immediately, insofar as I automatically remove the dust jacket and often transport it directly to the trash. The only time I do NOT do this is if I have borrowed the book and must return it. In case of borrowing, I simply remove the jacket, put it on the table, and seethe resentfully every time my eye catches it from here on out. Although I have a healthy respect for the physical book as an artifact, and want to preserve it in our culture, I don’t understand why they are still kicking around.

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Article: Not a Happy Camper – Against Amazon Purchasing Goodreads


The link below is to an article reporting on an example of unhappiness over Amazon’s purchase of Goodreads.

For more visit:
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/scott-turow-blasts-amazons-purchase-of-goodreads_b67840

Article: Traditional Book Piracy


The link below is to an article that reports on the battle against book piracy – in the traditional book sphere.

For more visit:
http://goodereader.com/blog/e-book-news/feature-the-emerging-worldwide-battle-against-pirated-books/

Article: French Drop Lawsuit Against Google


The link below is to an article reporting on an agreement reached between French publishers and Google in the Google Books lawsuit.

For more visit:
http://www.mediabistro.com/appnewser/french-publishers-association-drops-lawsuit-against-google_b23664.

Article: Google Book Suit


The link below is to an article reporting on the suit being brought against Google for alleged copyright infringement. Being a big fan of the Google Books project, I would dearly love to see a solution that allows the project go ahead, yet be a very good thing for authors with copyrighted works.

For more, visit:
http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/google-wants-authors-to-drop-book-scan-suit_b51156

Ebooks: Not There Yet?


The following article Wired lists five reasons as to why ebooks are not there yet. I would say that ebooks will never be the same as traditional books and they probably are never meant to be the same. I would also say you should probably never expect them to be the same. Television is not the same as going to the movies and never will be. I think waiting for ebooks to be the same as traditional books is to ensure you never use ebooks all that much. Just my opinion.

There are some useful considerations in the five points raised in the article – but there are also some fairly ordinary ones also, which suggest to me a bias against ebooks from the start. Being concerned that ebooks don’t allow you to use them in home design – I mean, really??? If that is a major concern with ebooks – you have to be kidding.

Some years ago I never thought I would ever like ebooks – I love them now and I don’t even have an ebook reader (I use by laptop) at this stage. I can see myself buying one in the near future – that would make ebooks so much more convenient to me. I could read one on a bus or ferry, I could read at work without too many difficulties (in my breaks of course), etc.

How many books can I now own? For a bibliophile like me ebooks are a dream come true. I have well over 1000 traditional books and I will soon eclipse that number in ebooks – many of which are old and out of print works which are very precious to me. These brilliant old books are now so accessible to me and I can store them all in such a small place. Fantastic I say.

See the article mentioned above at:
http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2011/06/ebooks-not-there-yet/all/1