Paying to Browse?


The link below is to an article that takes a look at paying a fee to browse physical bookshops/bookstores. Would you do so?

For more visit:
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/should-we-pay-to-enter-bookstores

Librarian Pay


The link below is to an article that considers the wages of librarians.

For more visit:
https://lithub.com/its-time-we-talk-about-librarians-and-money/

Apple settles ebook case, agrees to pay consumers over price-fixing


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Apple(s appl) has finally bowed out of a high stakes legal battle over ebooks and agreed to a settlement that could soon see the tech giant paying out millions to customers who purchased titles at online retailers like Amazon(s amzn) and Barnes & Noble(s bn).

According to a letter to the court filed in New York, and embedded below, Apple has reached an agreement with class-action lawyers and state attorneys general that will see the parties cancel a damages trial set for July.

The settlement is under seal for now and must be approved by the court, but is likely to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The money will come on top of the $160 million or so that the five publishers agreed to pay as a result of settlements reached last year.

Apple will, however, continue to appeal a jury verdict from last year in which U.S. District Judge Denise Cote…

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Jeff Bezos likes print, and thinks readers will pay for a bundle of news — but is he wrong?


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Like a visiting dignitary from another world, Amazon (s amzn) CEO Jeff Bezos descended on the Washington Post newsroom on Wednesday to meet with editors and reporters at the newspaper he recently acquired for $250 million, and by most accounts the reaction from the somewhat shell-shocked staff was surprisingly positive. That could have something to do with the fact that Bezos didn’t sound at all like the tech warlord out to gut the newsroom and get everyone to produce more slideshows — in fact, he said he prefers a printed newspaper to a digital one, and he also believes that readers will pay for a “daily bundle” of news on a tablet.

The Amazon founder made a number of other points that probably sat well with the Post‘s journalists, including the idea that the paper’s primary focus should be on readers and not advertisers, and that catering to…

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Apple could pay nearly $500 million in ebook case


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Apple (s AAPL) could get smacked with a $500 million bill from the states and class action lawyers in the ebook pricing suit, based on the amounts that the settling publishers have already paid out.

Earlier this month, federal judge Denise Cote found Apple guilty of colluding with five publishers to fix ebook prices at the launch of the iBookstore. The five publishers named in the case — Hachette, Penguin, Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster — have already settled and paid damages to the states and in the class action suit. In a document that the court made public Tuesday, the Texas attorney general provided Judge Cote with a chart showing the amounts that the states have agreed to pay. The red markup is by me:

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The chart shows that the publishers have paid out over $166 million so far. Earlier this month, a lawyer from Hagens Berman…

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Article: What Price for Ebooks?


The link below is to an article that looks at how much ebooks should cost. How much are you willing to pay for ebooks? Tell us in the comments.

For more visit:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-biddle/how-much-should-ebooks-cost_b_2575718.html

Thomas Nelson Book Reviewer


I have this morning become a book reviewer for Thomas Nelson. This will involve me reading and reviewing books that Thomas Nelson send to me. It is an unpaid job, but I do get to keep the books I review. I guess this could be a good and/or bad thing, depending on the individual book I read and review.

Being a part of this program will allow me to keep current on trends in Christianity – at least to some degree, as I read and review the books that are sent to me. It will also save me money as I don’t have to pay for the actual books that are sent to me. So the library will continue to grow and my reading will span the length and breadth of the current ‘Christian’ scene.

I will be posting reviews of the books I read and review for Thomas Nelson here, so readers of this Blog will be able to ‘experience’ the journey with me. They will also be posted on commercial book selling sites.

My reviews, will of course, be from my Particular Baptist perspective – which I guess will be somewhat novel for a Thomas Nelson book reviewer.

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