What Does the MFA Boom Mean for Print Books?

[From
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

The
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.

paidContent.org
via Yahoo! Finance – Sep 19 08:24am Source:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/In-Orphan-Works-Squabble-paidcontent-824114690.html?x=0&.v=1

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
found.

paidContent.org
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
PowerDVD’s.]

 

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

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

Amazon brings Kindle e-books to 11,000 libraries

[From the article: That option got an extra push
Wednesday when Amazon went live with its library lending
program
, bringing Kindle e-books to 11,000 participating
libraries across the U.S. Customers with a library card will be able to browse
their local library’s website and borrow digital books, which will be sent
wirelessly to their Kindle devices and apps. You don’t have to have a Kindle
device to borrow Kindle books: The program works with Amazon’s Kindle apps,
which are available on a profusion of mobile devices, and with Kindle Cloud
Reader, the company’s new Web-based
offering
. Books can be borrowed for a set duration, typically
around two weeks, after which they are deleted from the borrower’s digital
collection. Libraries purchase licenses for the books they lend, which limits
the number of digital copies that can be “checked out” at the same
time. ]

Amazon
brings Kindle e-books to 11,000 libraries

By Deborah Brunswick @CNNMoneyTech September
21, 2011: 12:53 PM ET

Source: http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/21/technology/kindle_amazon_library/?source=cnn_bin

Next up for Amazon, an e-book rental library for readers?

[From the article: Amazon’s digital service would allow customers to pay an
annual fee to have access to a library of e-books for rent, according to a
report by The Wall Street Journal
, quoting people familiar with the plan.
Amazon is reportedly in talks with book publishers. Amazon officials were not
available to comment on the report.]

Next
up for Amazon, an e-book rental library
for readers?

‎You +1’d this publicly. Undo

TechFlash – Sep 12, 2011

Blog: Amazon
Reportedly Set to Offer New Kindle Digital Book Library

TFTS
(blog)

Amazon
Reportedly Considering ‘Netflix for Books’
‎ Sci-Tech Today

Creator of the ebook, dies

Michael Hart, creator of the ebook, dies

Telegraph.co.uk
Shane Richmond – 3 days ago

Hart,
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

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

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