What Does the MFA Boom Mean for Print Books?

the article
: “We
sell FAR more e-books that also have print counterparts than we do books that
are only available in electronic format…The perceived value of a book
that is in electronic and print formats is higher than one that’s a just a
throwaway, 99-cent e-book.” In other words, if vanity doesn’t keep authors
invested in print books, economic self-interest will. All that might seem
trivial, until you realize that the number of would-be authors in America is
skyrocketing—particularly among the younger generation. The number of
degree-granting U.S. creative writing programs has exploded from 79 to 854 in
the past 35 years. The average age of students starting these programs is twenty-six.
I’m lucky enough to be a student in one myself, and can attest anecdotally that
the goal of nearly every writer pursuing this degree is to see his or her words
realized in print book form]

What Does the MFA Boom Mean for
Print Books?

Austin Allen on September 22, 2011

For full article: http://bigthink.com/ideas/40313


Round One To Authors Guild In Orphan Works Squabble

[From the article: Authors’ groups from around the world then responded with a
lawsuit demanding permission to seize the Hathi Trust. A few days later, the Authors Guild announced that J.R. Salamanca, the author of one of the
alleged orphan works, was not only living but was also surprised and annoyed to
discover the universities planned to share his book. That revelation has
apparently now caused the University of Michigan to flinch. “The close and
welcome scrutiny of the list of potential orphan works has revealed a number of
errors, some of them serious. This tells us that our pilot process is flawed,”
said a statement by the University of Michigan.]

Round One To Authors Guild In Orphan
Works Squabble

Authors Guild is crowing after universities decided to suspend the release of
over one hundred orphan works—in-copyright books whose owners can’t be
found—after the Guild tracked down a number of the missing owners.

via Yahoo! Finance – Sep 19 08:24am Source:

Can’t Find ‘Orphan’ Authors? Writers Group Says It Had No Trouble

[From the article: Several universities recently declared, against the wishes of
the Author’s Guild, that they will begin sharing digital versions of so-called
orphan works—books whose copyright holders can’t be found. Now the Guild has
produced a surprise find to undermine the universities. The Guild announced
today that it tracked down the author of one of the orphan works that the
universities plan to release this fall—and that it did so with a simple Google
(NSDQ:GOOGNews) search. The discovery is a
public relations coup for the Authors Guild, and comes just two days after it
filed a lawsuit to stop the schools from going forward with their plan.]

Can’t Find ‘Orphan’ Authors? Writers
Group Says It Had No Trouble

Several universities recently declared, against the
wishes of the Author’s Guild, that they will begin sharing digital
versions of so-called orphan works—books whose copyright holders can’t be

via Yahoo! Finance – Sep 14

Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Cant-Find-Orphan-Authors-paidcontent-280011433.html?x=0&.v=2

Hands On With YouTube 2D-to-3D Conversion

[From the article: In the
end, I’d characterize YouTube’s 2D-to-3D conversion as much better than the
earlier attempts we saw a year ago, but not quite at the level of CyberLink


Hands On With YouTube 2D-to-3D

Just as the excitement around the latest
crop of 3D movies in theaters has started to wane, YouTube has come out with
new tools that convert your video from boring old 2D to exciting new 3D.

Source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2393419,00.asp#fbid=cVSC35xEWU3

Mind-reading device’ recreates what we see in our heads

[From the article: Mind reading could become a reality after scientists
unveiled a device which translates what we are seeing in our heads onto a
screen. By monitoring the brain activity of people while they watched Hollywood
movie trailers, researchers were able to recreate a moving picture similar to
the real footage being played. While the technology is not yet capable of
reading our thoughts, it could eventually lead to ways of translating our
dreams and memories onto screen. If it is refined enough the method could even
be used to explore the minds of stroke patients, experts said. – Be sure to see the video at the link below. – Jim]

device’ recreates what we see in our heads

While the
technology is not yet capable of reading our thoughts … to produce an approximate
version of what they were watching. It did this by scanning a library of random YouTube videos, pulling
out the most similar clips to what it guessed the person …Daily Telegraph · 21 hours ago

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/8781503/Mind-reading-device-recreates-what-we-see-in-our-heads.html

Big Tent Digital Humanities

[From the article: After
generations of relatively quiet progress—going back to the era of punch cards—the
digital humanities has exploded into academic consciousness as the Next Big
Thing at a time when the humanities seem to be in big trouble. Some recent
Ph.D.’s who were engaged with “DH,” as insiders call it, before it
was cool—say, seven years ago—are starting to feel jostled by the arrival of so
many newcomers. As one young postdoc complained to me, “Lots of people are
trying to hitch their wagon to the digital humanities star.” And maybe I
am one of them. One DH leader described me as a writer who traffics in
“edge discourse,” which is not quite the same thing as being a
“bottom feeder.” I gather it means that I am not an insider, nor am I
a complete outsider, since I’ve been following this movement for about three
years now (see my previous columns, “Summer Camp for
Digital Humanists
,” “The MLA and the
Digital Humanities
,” and “Digital
Humanities Triumphant?


‘Big Tent Digital Humanities,’ a
View from the Edge, By William

of Higher Education, July 31 & Sept. 19 2011

Part 1: http://chronicle.com/article/Big-Tent-Digital-Humanities/128434

Part 2: http://chronicle.com/article/Big-Tent-Digital-Humanities-a/129036/

Creator of the ebook, dies

Michael Hart, creator of the ebook, dies

Shane Richmond – 3 days ago

who was 64, Hart wrote: “I am hoping that with a library this size that the average middle class

In-Depth: Michael
Hart, a Pioneer of E-Books, Dies at 64
‎ New York Times

Hart (1947 – 2011): Prophet of Abundance
‎ ComputerworldUK (blog)

of the e-book was all about freedom of information
‎ Sydney Morning Herald