CNNMoney reports on Amazon’s plan to monetize Fan Fiction via their new “Kindle Worlds” platform. It will be interesting to see if this works, or if it will become a legal nightmare as non-affiliated “writers” use copyrighted characters and story lines for their own ends.
The idea “sounds” good, but it also has the familiar ring of Google’s constant/ongoing/infinite battles with copyright holders over their efforts to sell scanned Google Books. I cannot see this going smoothly.
Digital Book World talks about the advantages of author digital book signings.
The Los Angeles Times posted that eBook sales almost doubled in 2012 rising to over $3-Billion.
The Book Seller reports on publishers donating Nook books to encourage London readers.
The TicoTimes says the U.S. Justice Department filed documents accusing Apple of conspiring to raise eBook prices.
According to Smart Planet, Argentina is resistant to eBook adoption.
GoodeReader has postedÂ Smashwords data from an eBook sales study.
Pocket-lint says Microsoft is considering a $1-Billion buyout of Barnes and Noble’s Nook digital assets.
Bloomberg has more on Google’s ongoing quarrel with Authors.
The New York Times has an update on the eBook Piracy debate with industry leader Tor Books UK’s DRM-FREE title list showing no discernible increase in piracy.
Digital Book World reports on increases to Indie author eBook Â pricing.
According to CNET, Google and the Authors Guild are still wrangling in court over $3-Billion in damages demanded by the latter over the Google digital books project.
Everyone’s been waiting for Google Books to take off, and one wonders if their perpetual lackluster performance isn’t linked to these ongoing legal issues with the Authors Guild.
Phys.org reports that according to an Indiana State University doctoral student, students perform equally well if they read from an eBook or physical textbook.
The Los Angeles Times has an update on the possibility of used eBook sales. So far, the attempt to re-sell digital content has been defeated by judges in the U.S. and Germany (since selling an eBook requires making a copy of it, thus infringing on the author’s copyright).
It would be nice to think that saner minds will prevail. And it is not inevitable just because Amazon wants to do it. The only way you can sell a used eBook is to make a copy of it…and that’s infringement.
GoodeReader reports on a positive development in the shaky relationship between publishers and libraries. A fix may be on the way.