Today’s links of interest:
- Google Book Search and orphan works
Thoughts on the recent settlement and orphan works — and, yes, a realization that it’s not a perfect world, but a real one.
- Why eBook Readers Won?t Reduce Sales
Dear Author’s Jane argues a point we’ve had in our "gotta write about this queue" for a while: the idea that ebooks won’t reduce impulse purchases.
- Losing what we don’t see: Translation
Peter Brantley focuses on language in the Google Book Search settlement and ponders the implications for non-English speaking searchers. Interesting thoughts (and thanks to Peter for calling out the accessibility language contained in the agreement — very nice!).
- Night Shade Joins DRM-Free Sci-Fi E-Bookstore
Very cool — we love it when publishers make it easy to get to books.
- Google Settlement Could Change the Literary Landscape
FoBS Max Magee on the GBS settlement, hitting an interesting, undernoted point: the changing landscape for monetizing out-of-print books and the impact on the used book market.
- The perils of being a literary superstar
A look at the magic of Toni Morrison.
- David Lynch To Take Book Online
"Catching the Big Fish" coming to a web video near you soon.
- Sports Publishing Owes Phelps
Probably not where he planned to be at this point in his life: Michael Phelps is an unsecured creditor for Sports Publishing, who owes him a bit of money for his book.
- S&S Strikes New Le Clezio Deal
Particularly interesting for two reasons: first, the amount of time it takes to get the books back on shelves; second, because the tangle of rights is so hard to unknot.
- A Plan to Promote Cookbooks – Give Away Recipes Online at Cookstr.com
A look at a new business plan that, well, has a little newness, but focuses mainly on the old. Cookstr.com will be advertising supported and push users to buy books because, ?There are just so many people who go to the Web to look for recipes,? Mr. Schwalbe said. ?And that is a great moment to remind them that the best recipes in the world are in books, to introduce them to authors they might not know about.?