Responding to DVD Subscription Decline, Netflix Closes Call Centre (GigaOM) Remember those red envelopes? Fewer and fewer people use Netflix to get DVDs, which is why the company is now closing a call center in Oregon. *** Kobo Releases Massive Update to Current Generation of eReaders (GoodeReader) It includes a bevy of enhancements, such as […]
Publishing giant Penguin Group (USA) Inc. has sued the online library American Buddha, accusing the Oregon nonprofit company of posting to the Web the entire contents of books for which it holds exclusive rights.
Penguin seeks an injunction, as well as damages, for American Buddha's posting of such novels as "Oil!" by Upton Sinclair and "It Can't Happen Here," by Sinclair Lewis. The publisher also accuses the nonprofit of misusing new translations of "The Golden Ass" by Apuleius and "On the Nature of the Universe" by Lucretius.
Most of us have probably sold an old book at a yard sale, on eBay, given it to a library, or some such thing. We probably never gave it a second thought. Maybe we need to. Maybe we are criminals, violating copyright law.
A case has come before the Supreme Court that could turn some of our assumptions upside down, at least as pertains to books produced overseas. Take that, Gutenberg! You better read Johannes' copyright notice before you sell your copy of his bible.
CNET is reporting that Amazon has launched Amazon Wine, a marketplace that will deliver artisan vino to your door—provided you live in one of its (at present quite limited) eligible states. As we all know, wine and publishing go hand in hand. So we're curious: Will publishers feed the mouth that's biting it? —Brian Howard
Those of you who’ve been closely following the e-book scene for years now will probably remember a certain YouTube video that went semi-viral two years ago, and which I’ve embedded below; it was titled, “Oregon Bus Driver Caught Reading Kindle While Driving.” That title pretty much says it all, no? I only discovered this video [...]
The rush to create large, free online classes has generated anxiety at universities around the country. With finances already tight and with a surge of movement toward online learning, universities are being forced to move quickly to change centuries-old models of learning. Terms like historic, seismic and revolutionary now pop up in descriptions of the challenges that higher education faces in the coming years.
Many institutions have been preparing for these changes for years, building infrastructure and expertise, experimenting and recruiting, and integrating online learning into long-term strategies.