Watchmen it ain't, but the brief condenses complex arguments admirably. The anti-trust case against Apple, Macmillan and Penguin, all accused of conspiring to fix ebook prices, thunders on, but one part of it is shortly to come to a close. Three of the originally accused publishers – HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster – agreed to settle with the Department of Justice in April this year, and that settlement is finally coming through.
In college I had a class called Absurdist Literature and we read Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49. The day we discussed it, one of my classmates related the story of how he was reading it while a passenger in a car, and that he became so frustrated with the book he threw it out window. I wonder, now that Pynchon has allowed his work to cross the digital divide, whether having it as an ebook would decrease the likelihood of this type of thing happening
The New York Times has an interesting piece by Julie Bosman positing that, thanks to the ease with which e-books now allow authors to publish and self-publish, and let readers buy instantaneously, authors are now feeling “obligated” to write more, faster. Rather than publish the “usual” one book per year, authors are pressured to “[pull] [...]
From A Kindle World blog. More details at the site. “The New York Times’s Art Beat writer, Julie Bosman, wrote a few days ago that long before Vonnegut became famous, the Saturday Evening Post in the 1940s rejected his 22,000-word novella, “Basic Training,” written under the pseudonym of Mark Harvey. He went on to write [...]
One concern (paranoid obsession?) of the publishing industry is going the same route as the music industry.