Tag Archives: Books

‘Big Deals’ and Publisher-Library Competition

Andrew Odlyzko has a very interesting draft article on  “Open Access,  Library and Publisher Competition.”  The piece covers a lot of territory, but the core argument that (1) in the digital environment, publishers and libraries compete for the role of … Continue reading

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The Curse of Tanya Grotter

Ted Striphas has a great account in The Late Age of Print of the legal battles surrounding unauthorized adaptations of the Harry Potter novels.  All the usual “Media Piracy” elements are in play here: “windowing” practices for massive global hits … Continue reading

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Canadian Book Pirates

An interesting account of the Canadian side of 19th century trans-Atlantic book piracy (from Rowland Lorimer’s Ultra Libris) It was routine for [Canadian] booksellers to sell pirated editions of British titles, produced in and imported from the United States, rather … Continue reading

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Sell-Through Breakdown

You’ve heard of the big four record labels and probably the big six studios, but how about the big four textbook publishers: Pearson, Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt? I’m reading up on the publishing business in anticipation of … Continue reading

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