This week on Litopia’s podcast The Debriefer, Peter and I talked about the universal e-book format, why it matters that we don’t have one yet, and what authors can put in their contracts to make sure their books appear in all the major e-formats. This headline, plus more of the latest writing and publishing news are in this week’s Write Report.
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Where the law and literature meet:
Publishers seek universal e-book format: http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/05/universal-e-books-format/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Findex+%28Wired%3A+Index+3+%28Top+Stories+2%29%29
My article for the Write 101 newsletter on using the law in stories: http://www.write101.com/quillthelawyers.htm
Tintin lawyers lament banning attempt: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ieFgPCgPC7IDP1znecsvxwCPzM-A
Book thieves prefer literary fiction, long, boring descriptions: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/its-hard-to-read-these-highbrow-heisters-1982679.html
European publishers hold off joining iPad bandwagon amid legal fears: http://www.electronista.com/articles/10/05/27/ipad.euro.launch.may.challenge.agency.e.book.model/
Free comic book website sued for infringement: http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/20100601_Feds__comic-book_publishers_don_t_find_Fla__man_s_free_Web_sites_so_funny.html#ixzz0pbO5Wmml
Texas AG looks at Apple e-book pricing: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/lunch/free/archives/006580.html
Convicted felon/former Tyco CEO sues Steve Forbes for libel: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN0120728620100601?type=marketsNews
What will it mean when ownership of books disappears?: http://bookbrunch.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5656&Itemid=117
Can publishers prove their worth to writers?: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/may/28/apple-ipad-launch-publishing