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Why we need an e-book DRM DMCA exemption
www.teleread.com

If the Big Five publishers knew what they were doing, they would be submitting and throwing their weight behind a petition to permit consumers to crack e-book DRM for purposes of archival and platform interoperability

Readers Being 'Spread Too Thin?'
www.teleread.com

Blame the ebook

Speak Up For Copyright
www.bookbrunch.co.uk

The voices of millions who depend on copyright for a living are less frequently heard

A Call For Digital Media Ethics
publishingperspectives.com

No individual has the right to be listened to

A 'Critical Moment' for Ebook Subscription Services
publishingperspectives.com

We need innovation, and Kindle Unlimited might not be publishers' best option

Omit Digital Books And Publishers From The Prize Lists At Your Peril
www.theguardian.com

The more open book prizes are to new forms and unconventional means of publishing, the greater the chance of keeping literature alive and well

Is Technology Killing Old Loved Books?
www.bbc.co.uk

Are we losing the magic of passing on a well-thumbed paperback

Ebooks Vs Print – The Reasons Why Digital Is Better
goodereader.com

So what are the direct benefits of reading digitally?

Amazon Must Be Stopped - Sort Of
www.motherjones.com

Regulating Amazon would hardly solve all our e-book problems—far from it—but it would be a start

Amazon's Dispute With Hachette Might Finally Be Hurting Its Sales
time.com

The book business launched Amazon to success, and now it's hurting the online retailer's growth

Has Open Access Failed?
blog.oup.com

Expectations that OA will address the serial costs crisis are fading away

Content Is Still King, And Technology Has Not Dethroned It
www.bookbrunch.co.uk

Delivery methods come and go but high quality content endures

Will Amazon Disrupt Sweden's Book Market?
publishingperspectives.com

Sweden's book market is bracing for the launch of Amazon, where ebooks are hamstrung by high taxes and print books are still relatively affordable

Why Do We Need A Direct To Consumer Website Anyway?
451words.tumblr.com

Building an effective direct to consumer web presence could be the key to turning around some of the major problems publishers are facing

Vox On Amazon: Way Off-base, Not Entirely Wrong
www.salon.com

Publishers aren't perfect. But no one who cares about a diverse literary marketplace can actually side with Amazon

Amazon Is Doing The World A Favor By Crushing Book Publishers
www.vox.com

"Here's a little real talk about the book publishing industry"

Amazon Doesn't Care About Books — It Cares About Selling Them
www.businessinsider.com

Since its founding, Amazon has always been more interested in the value of user data over the value of any level of quality

What Would Make An Amazon Competitor Competitive?
www.teleread.com

So, I asked myself, with both my reader and author hats on, what it would take to be a contender in the eBook marketplace.

Frankfurt Is Still Vast, But It Seems To Be Getting Smaller
www.idealog.com

It was really obvious this year that Frankfurt — at least that part of it which is about English-language publishers buying and selling with non-English markets — is shrinking

The E-reader Lives A Lonely Life
gigaom.com

And the nice Kindle Voyage won't change that

Why The Subscription Dream Of A 'Netflix For Books' Still Has Its Limits
www.theguardian.com

Book streaming services are still struggling to get bestsellers on to our virtual shelves

Taking Sides in the Amazon-Hachette Battle
www.forbes.com

If I weighed in on Amazon's side in its battle with Hachette, no publisher would ever publish another book of mine

Amazon's Monopsony Is Not O.K.
www.nytimes.com

Amazon.com, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America

A Class Action Against James Patterson?
www.teleread.com

On grounds of consumer fraud?

Peter Handke: Abolish The Nobel Prize In Literature!
www.complete-review.com

Sore loser?


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No More Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Awards
www.sfftawards.org

The Association for the Recognition of Excellence in SF & F Translation (ARESFFT) is being officially dissolved.

Nordic Council Literature Prize
www.complete-review.com

Hägring 38, by Swedish-writing Finnish author Kjell Westö has won this year's Nordic Council Literature Prize

Google Play Books' New Reading Mode Lets You Browse And Skim Nonfiction Ebooks Faster
gigaom.com

When it comes to nonfiction, though — cookbooks, atlases, travel guides and so on — ebooks haven't done as well

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2014 Shortlists Announced
www.irishbookawards.ie

Features a diverse array of acclaimed authors and well known Irish personalities

Amazon's Impact On Publishing?
www.publishersweekly.com

It's Complicated

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www.theguardian.com

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