Monthly Archives: January 2016


Bookstores/Printed Book Survival 5

It’s been my contention for several years that the large, stand-alone, brick-and-mortar bookstores, as well as those that lease space in major malls and strip-malls, will be forced out of existence.  And I’m of the opinion that as copying technology becomes more efficient (read “faster”), less expensive (an Espresso Book […]


“Fair Use” Discussed in “The Atlantic”

A recent article in “The Atlantic”–in relatively clear terms–discusses Fair Use doctrine, an issue I’ve broached in a number of Newsletters during the past year or so.  To say that Fair Use is complex is tantamount to implying it’s easy to split the atom in one’s basement.  The article claims […]


Hathi Lawsuit Has Far-Reaching “Fair Use” Implications

This is somewhat dated, but “Fair Use” is always an issue, and for this reason I’m presenting this material involving the Hathi lawsuit that was originally filed by the Authors Guild and abandoned last year. The Hathi lawsuit is complex and I wouldn’t expect many writers to be aware of […]


Amazon Prime Payouts Reference Books

Amazon’s conversion to still another format for author royalties for material accessed via the Kindle Prime program once again has me scratching my head, as I couldn’t make any sense out of the previous metrics for payment distribution. All of us utilizing Amazon (and we have so many choices) receive […]