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This link recently saved by armchair_anarchist on January 27, 2010
"Regulating copies simply makes no sense in a digital world where every piece of content is made up of bits because those bits must be copied before they can be consumed or shared. There is no digital equivalent of the library or used book store where culture can be preserved and found by anyone. The Google Book settlement has special provisions for libraries and academics, but Lessig warns against relying “upon special favors granted by private companies (and quasi-monopoly collecting societies).” Rather, he proposes something more radical and far-reaching. A complete overhaul of copyright law which would include a mandatory registry of who owns what (to make it easier to track down copyright holders to ask for permission to use a work) and protection of a work as whole rather than protection to its constituent parts."
This link recently saved by armchair_anarchist on September 17, 2009
This link recently saved by armchair_anarchist on July 01, 2009
"If you're not in the business, you probably don't know -- or care -- much about co-op, and you have no reason to. Co-Op is short for "Co-Operative," as in advertising. The supposed purpose of co-op is for the retailer and the manufacturer to share the costs of advertising -- and it does work that way, some of the time -- but it's mostly used to refer to in-store placements of books, which (as you might guess) costs the retailer nothing but lost opportunity and can cost the manufacturer quite a lot."
This link recently saved by armchair_anarchist on April 09, 2009
"ISBNdb.com project is a database of books providing on-line and remote research tools for individuals, book stores, librarians, scientists, etc. Taking data from hundreds of libraries across the world ISBNdb is a unique tool you won't find anywhere else." Yes!
This link recently saved by armchair_anarchist on December 31, 2008
"Until the early 1990s, mass market SF/F paperbacks in the US were primarily sold via grocery store racks, supplied by local distributors (400+ of them). The standard wire rack held books face-out, either against a wall or on a rotating stand. And that's where the short form factor novel became established. Thinner books meant you could shove more of them into a rack that was, say, three inches deep. Go over half an inch thick, and you could no longer fit six paperbacks in a 3" rack. And there was only so much rack space to go around." Charlie Stross gets his history on.
This link recently saved by armchair_anarchist on October 27, 2008
"3 - Insight. I want to know that you engaged with my work. Whether you loved it or hated it is not always the point; I want to know that you thought about it. And if my book left you with a soul-crushing emptiness that sucks light out of the universe? That’s fine too, as long as you gave the book a fair shot. Skimmers and summarizers don’t impress me." Some good points here.
This link recently saved by armchair_anarchist on October 19, 2008
This link recently saved by armchair_anarchist on August 07, 2008
"Since Meyer published the first Twilight book in 2005, she has reached out to readers on social networking sites [...] Fired-up fans have championed her books on Amazon.com and set up their own sites, such as Twilight Lexicon and TwilightMOMS. That has helped propel sales of the series to 7.5 million books."
This link recently saved by armchair_anarchist on August 06, 2008
"... once someone claims that what they are doing is a proper review, it seems to me that there are some things that would be best avoided. I am talking as a reader here, not a writer, and about other people’s books, not mine." Some interesting comments here.