January 22, 2013 |
The literary website the Millions is getting into the e-book business: Starting Tuesday, it will publish e-books that are available on Amazon.com, in Apple's iBookstore and at Barnes & Noble. While its website is about books, authors and publishing, its e-books will move into other realms. The Millions' debut is "Epic Fail: Bad Art, Viral Fame and the History of the Worst Thing Ever" by Mark O'Connell. It's a long essay that begins with the botched Jesus fresco repair that looked like a monkey, moves to Susan Sontag's "On Camp" and goes on from there.
September 6, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. See the note below. The announcement this week that Playboy is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Playboy Interview with a 50-interviews-in-50-days e-book series sent me back to my bookshelves, where I've kept a copy G. Barry Golson's “The Playboy Interview” for 30 years. Golson's book, which I bought in college, collected the most prominent interviews of Playboy's first two decades, including in-depth conversations with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Jimmy Hoffa, Miles Davis, The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Jimmy Carter, who during the 1976 presidential campaign famously admitted that he had “committed adultery in my heart.” All these interviews (with the exception of Hoffa and Malcolm X, and you have to wonder why they're missing)
May 6, 2013 |
Is it legal to sell a used e-book? A Massachusetts start-up that hopes to start selling used e-books and other used digital content this summer suffered a legal setback in court recently when a federal judge ruled that it had infringed the rights of Capitol Records by facilitating the resale of copied digital music. And now a judge in Germany has ruled that digital books can't be resold by purchasers, ruling against a consumer group that was seeking the right for German readers to do so. At issue is a very simple legal principle.
April 11, 2012
When word leaked that the Justice Department was threatening to sue Apple and five major book publishers for allegedly fixing the price of e-books, the opposition from some tech advocates was swift and sharp. The feds were looking at the wrong problem, these critics said. The new pricing model adopted by Apple and the publishers promoted competition in the markets for e-books, e-book readers and hard-copy books that Amazon had come to dominate. Attacking that model might lower the price for some e-books, but it would hurt the rest of the book industry and give Amazon an inside track to a publishing monopoly.
April 11, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Antitrust officials are expected to announce Wednesday that they are filing suit against Apple Inc. and five major book publishers for allegedly colluding to fix the price of e-books. News reports said the Justice Department sued Apple, along with Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette and Penguin. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and the head of the Justice Department's antitrust division, Sharis Pozen, have scheduled a news conference in Washington for 9 a.m. PDT to announce "a significant antitrust matter.
November 9, 2012 |
On Thursday evening, it suddenly became impossible to purchase most e-books on Amazon. It was possible to buy hardcovers, paperbacks and audiobooks, but not most Kindle e-books from the online retailer's website. The purchase of most Kindle e-books had been blocked -- however, those distributed through Amazon Digital Services, or published by one of Amazon's publishing houses, remained available. Concerns that Amazon had deliberately removed the ability to purchase certain books sent ripples through the publishing industry -- those who were on Twitter, at least.