Links of Interest (At Least To Me) 30/05/06

I seem to have gotten back into the swing of these links posts recently. I wonder how long they last!

An interesting link this one. The Publishing Spot is an excellent source of comment, interview and other posts relating to publishing.

I think I may have linked to Open Access News before but I don’t mind. It’s an excellent website and offers a slightly academic view on some of the challenges ahead for trade and mainstream publishers as their customers demand more “Open access” to content just as some in the scientific community are now.

It wouldn’t do to post two links that were pushing the openness of the web without linking to somewhere else for a little balance. Plagiarism Today is quite honestly one of the finest sites on the web I have come across. It is passionate, dedicated and honest. It sticks to its core mission and seems intent on informing the world. From it’s About Page:

Plagiarism Today (PT) is a site targeted at Webmasters and copyright holders regarding the issue of plagiarism online. Though it deals with many legal issues, in particular the DMCA and copyright law, it is not a legal blog and is, instead, a blog regarding a societal ill that’s effects may never be fully understood or comprehended.


Amusing book bust up

Publishing News has a report on an amusing hoo-ha between American and British publishers at the BEA last week. As they report it:

Carolyn Reidy, President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster, told the packed ‘Turf Wars’ session at the BEA last Friday. She said UK publishers were scare-mongering in their concerns over territoriality and that agents should ask themselves whether an exclusive grant of English-language rights in a non-English-language territory helped or hindered an author’s career. Reidy has no doubts that it’s a hindrance.

Do go and read the piece in full. I cannot help but feel that it is a sad comment on publishing that British Publishers fear the challenge of American Imports. Surely they can out compete their American rivals in the EU at least and if they cannot then they should really be searching for alliances across the water to protect their lead authors and to offer comprehensive book deals.

Not even comic books are immune

There is an intriguing story on thePostChronicle today about comic books:

Comic Book Resources, an online magazine, found more than 30 percent had downloaded a comic book at least once, and 12 percent said they downloaded comic books regularly.

Not even comics are immune to the changes in the industry. The sooner publishers, of all types, realize that and go with it, the sooner they will see the benefits. At least that is what we hope.