To pirate or not to pirate: Convenience vs compensation in the Internet age

By Chris Meadows
June 19, 2012 // 7 Comments

Here are two articles that expressly discuss pirated music, but a lot of the same issues of morality and artist compensation apply to any pirated media—movies, games, and, yes, e-books. They make an interesting presentation of two sides of the piracy argument: what can be done to get artists paid [...]

Publishers, DRM, unauthorized sharing, and the NPR example

By Chris Meadows
April 23, 2012 // 13 Comments

We’ve heard a lot of people arguing that publishers should fight Amazon by dropping DRM. However, in The Scholarly Kitchen, Joseph Esposito has written a long and thoughtful piece looking at the possible drawbacks of this approach. Esposito first looks at the question of whether unauthorized [...]

The information age could require readers to learn fact-checking skills

By Chris Meadows
September 2, 2011 // 2 Comments

On NPR’s Talk of the Nation today, authors Tim Rosenstiel and Bill Kovach discussed their new book, Blur: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload. The thesis of the book seems to be that the more information we’re bombarded with by the Internet, the more adept we need to [...]

Is free on-line writing devaluing paid prose?

By Chris Meadows
February 22, 2011 // 7 Comments

A few days ago, NPR carried an interesting story looking at the sale of the Huffington Post to AOL. As David Carr pointed out, much of the value of the $315 million sale was created by bloggers working for free. When you look at personal blogs and social media, you might see random people telling [...]

Homeless newspapers help some homeless afford homes

By Chris Meadows
December 26, 2010 // 0 Comments

As much attention as e-newspapers are getting for threatening the livelihood of printed newspapers, there are some areas where selling e-papers just won’t do. One particular case is that of “homeless newspapers,” papers written by and sold by homeless people. NPR’s All Things Considered [...]

A new children’s book entitled “It’s a Book”

By libertyc
August 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

From National Public Radio by Linton Weeks: The premise of Lane Smith’s new work for children, It’s a Book, is simple: Books are under siege. On the first page a donkey asks a monkey, “What do you have there?” The monkey replies: “It’s a book.” “How do you scroll down?” the [...]

NPR on the future of books

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2010 // 4 Comments

The death of the e-book has gone meta. NPR mentions a new children’s book about books, where one character is puzzled by another character reading this dull paper construct that you can’t “scroll down” or “blog with”. Actually, this book is brought up as an anecdote to lead into yet [...]

Audio report from NPR: in epublishing revolution rights battle wears on

By libertyc
July 28, 2010 // 0 Comments

 A report by Lynne Neary that aired on All Things Considered today. Access the Complete Audio Report and Text Summary And there’s the still-simmering dispute between the publisher Random House and the powerful Wylie Agency over an exclusive deal Wylie recently signed with Amazon to sell [...]

Libraries: The next ‘big thing’?

By Chris Meadows
July 25, 2010 // 0 Comments

Libraries have been getting a lot of media attention lately, what with the Fox News story asking whether Chicago’s libraries were worth the money (and subsequent responses), and the Old Spice parody and actual Old Spice social networking videos about libraries. Now NPR blogger Linda Holmes [...]

William Faulkner’s lectures digitized and now online

By Paul Biba
July 19, 2010 // 0 Comments

From the NPR site: In the late 1950s, English students at the University of Virginia got the opportunity that most American literature scholars would kill for — to speak with William Faulkner. Faulkner spent two years as the writer-in-residence at UVA, where he gave lectures and readings and took [...]

2 Baker & Taylor announcements

By Paul Biba
May 31, 2010 // 0 Comments

Thanks to Resource Shelf for picking these up. Baker & Taylor Inc., the world’s largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment products, today at Book Expo America announced it has signed agreements to provide print-on-demand services – via its TextStream [...]

Fresh Air interviews Ken Auletta about ‘Publish or Perish’

By Chris Meadows
April 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

The other day, Fresh Air with Terry Gross interviewed Ken Auletta, the author of the “Publish or Perish” New Yorker article about whether the iPad and the Kindle could “save” the publishing industry (which I mentioned here). The interview is about 20 minutes long and can be listened from [...]

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