Is Territorial Copyright Defensible in the Age of E-books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The instant and virtually frictionless digital distribution of e-books is posing a real challenge to the enforcement of territorial copyright. As discussed in our lead article today, English language e-books are in demand all over the globe. But that demand is likely to put US, UK and even Australian publishers in conflict over territorial copyright. The answer …

E-books Should Be Like Television (And Other Ideas from Digital Book World)

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “E-books should be like television,” said literary agent Larry Kirshbaum, founder of LJK Literary Management, at the first annual Digital Book World conference held in New York this past Tuesday and Wednesday. The former publisher-turned-agent offered a vision of e-books that resembles the way a television works, where you can turn on a Nokia device in Finland, …

Before E-book Experimentation, How About A Little Back to Basics?

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Kassia Krozser In an earlier piece for Publishing Perspectives, “‘E’ is for Experimentation,” Guy Le Charles Gonzalez makes the point that industry fetishists tend to salivate over bright and shiny things — and honestly, who among us hasn’t ascribed magical properties to the Apple Unicorn, due to be announced this week? Gonzalez thinks 2010 will be a year of …

Is Giving Too Much Away A Good Idea?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka For a long while now publishers have released sample chapters online to give readers a sense of what a book might be like. You can have them e-mailed to you, download them, or browse for them on the Web. Then there’s Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature and others that allow you to “browse” the flaps and opening of …

Book Review: Why Poetry Matters Beyond Mere Money

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

Why Poetry Matters by Jay Parini Reviewed by Mark Garcia-Prats In the opening line of his book, Why Poetry Matters, Jay Parini concedes, “Poetry doesn’t matter to most people.”  That comes as no surprise to anyone aware of poetry’s relevance (or lack there of) in popular culture. Contrary to popular belief (especially among poets), poetry is not “under attack,” writes Parini, …

Is $0.99 the Fair Price for a Poem?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka As discussed in our lead article today, PoetrySpeaks.com is a place for poets to gather online, for readers to browse new work, and a place for poets to make a little money for their effort. The site allows poets to sell individual poems much the same way a band might offer a single for sale on iTunes, …

Can Poetry Turn a Profit Online?

In Digital by Guest Contributor

By Mark Garcia-Prats Even for a poetry lover, PoetrySpeaks.com (PS) can be overwhelming. The site features poetry blogs, weekly highlighted poets, and — perhaps of most importance — a fully-searchable archive of poems (available to purchase in both text and audio format). There’s also a poetry book store and a forum to post and view video of poetry performances. The …

Books to Film/TV Have Their Night at The Golden Globes

In News by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Last night, the 67th Annual Golden Globes brought a few awards for films and roles based on books.  Meryl Streep won Best Actress in a Comedy for her role as Julia Child in “Julie and Julia,” based on Julie Powell’s memoir of the same name.  Mo’Nique won for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Precious: …

Introducing the Best Books You’ll Never Find

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Lewis Manalo NEW YORK: In Spring 2008, when David Del Vecchio opened Idlewild Books in New York City, he decided to take a different approach to the bookshop: rather than organize by genre, the books would be organized by place. Often when traveling for his previous job with the UN, David had had to scour the shelves of a …