Type. Publishing Links. I Think Publishers Have Lost The Battle & The War. By Eoin Purcell The thing about the end of Agency is that it’s not over.
That is to say that the rearguard action by the legacy publishing establishment isn’t finished. And make no mistake, Agency Pricing and the rules and agreements that supported it were an attempt to stop the clock and buy the established players a breather against the tide of innovation. That the establishment chose to work with one of the greatest innovators in another sphere doesn’t make the move any less defensive, Apple certainly didn’t break too much new ground in the digital book world (though the game is a long one and they may yet).
For the record, the legacy establishment is almost duty bound to protect its position and I don’t resent the position it held. Readers were by far the biggest losers in the Agency world. The problem is that the publishing system as it stands is being ripped to shreds by digital change. That’s the key, because resisting puts them on the wrong side of the fight. Eoin. Book Design: Choosing Your Paragraphing Style. Anyone who wants to do their own book design can spend some very worthwhile time studying books that are old.
I mean really old, like going all the way back to the beginning of printed books. Early on, I found these books and the book typography that’s used in them very stimulating when thinking about how I wanted the books I was working on to look. Even though the technology back then was primitive according to today’s standards—no electricity, basic, natural materials, and everything done by hand—the books produced by early printers are prized, quite rightly, as outstanding examples of artful book design. One of the reasons this historical background can be useful to today’s independent authors is that it shows how technology affects the books we design.
Book design evolved slowly over a period of 500 years to get to the point it is today. The Old Meets the New One of the ways you can see that influence is in the confusion many do-it-yourselfers have about paragraphing styles.
Princeton Offers New Digitized Collection of Revolutionary Texts. Programs & Sites. News & Info Searches. Vatican’s Library begins to Digitize 80,000 of Its Manuscripts With NASA Technology. Supreme Court Says Congress May Re-Copyright Public Domain Works. Igor Stravinsky.
Photo: Wikimedia/Library of Congress. Congress may take books, musical compositions and other works out of the public domain, where they can be freely used and adapted, and grant them copyright status again, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. In a 6-2 ruling, the court said that, just because material enters the public domain, it is not “territory that works may never exit.” (.pdf) The top court was ruling on a petition by a group of orchestra conductors, educators, performers, publishers and film archivists who urged the justices to reverse an appellate court that ruled against the group, which has relied on artistic works in the public domain for their livelihoods.
They claimed that re-copyrighting public works would breach the speech rights of those who are now using those works without needing a license. The court, however, was sympathetic to the plaintiffs’ argument. It’s not the first time the Supreme Court has approved the extension of copyrights. Scientific publishing: The price of information.
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