Weekend Links: Fascinating Salinger Piracy Story. Internet the Greatest Threat To Publishers? and more

salinger piracyUnpublished Salinger Stories Leaked via PDF (GoodeReader)
In what is quite possibly going to prove to be one of the most famous examples of ebook piracy, an apparent leak of three of JD Salinger’s unpublished short stories seems to have happened thanks to a buyer on eBay.
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Is the Internet a Greater Threat to Publishers than Self-Pub eBooks? (The Digital Reader)
Yes, the internet has made it easier and cheaper to find new info on a wide range of topics. While this has been to the detriment of some publishing entities, it has also enabled experts of all stripes to share what they know.
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eBooks and the Law, the Taxman, the EU and the French (Brave New World)
But the question remains; how should legislation and taxation respond to change or stimulate it?
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Beyond E-Books: HarperCollins Looks For the Next Big Thing (Mashable)
As competitors in the e-book subscription market, Scribd and Oyster like to emphasize their differences. Yet the two share a common talking point: They both drop the name HarperCollins.

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000677541” target=”_blank”>Kindle Daily Deals: Popular Books by Best-Selling Authors

2 Comments on Weekend Links: Fascinating Salinger Piracy Story. Internet the Greatest Threat To Publishers? and more

  1. That the internet and self-publishing are a threat to publishers (and writers) of non-fiction is a more interesting proposition than whether one is a greater threat than the other. These two phenomena, taken together, constitute the more important challenge to publishers and their industry. Technology has obviated the need for a capital-intensive book production enterprise making self-publishing possible. The internet, another technology, has obviated the need for capital-intensive book distribution enterprise. Creation and distribution is far less fettered for eBooks than for pBooks.
    Today, any subject matter expert can create and distribute their knowledge digitally at little or no cost to themselves or their readers. This certainly raises the bar for those who want to receive monetary compensation. They now have to compete with free. For example, we are seeing how eTextbooks are being created by teachers and even by their students. These eTextbooks are easily and cheaply distributed world wide. Commercial eTextbook publishers will have to do much better than these free alternatives. The idea that textbooks have to be costly no longer gets uncritical acceptance. How can that not be a good thing?

  2. I always enjoy your insightful comments, Frank, and it is an astute observation. In some ways, the internet has harmed publishing, but in this one way, it may be helping that industry raise the bar. If you want people to pay for your content, you have to give them value that makes it worth the upgrade over whatever the free equivalent is…

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