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Wait Wait… Don’t Sell Me!*

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There was an op-ed from Author’s Guild president (and frequent NPR quiz show annoyance) Roy Blount Jr. in today’s NY Times about how authors and publishers should be getting audio-book rights from the Kindle’s text-to-audio feature. 
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/25/opinion/25blount.html

I think this is an interesting example of media content producers trying to keep up with a market where money is increasingly more in new distribution models. Is a text-to-audio reader really an audio book? Should it be treated as such? This isn’t too different from the Writer’s strike back in Fall of ’07 over the rights and royalties for web broadcasts, or the complaints of publishers and authors surrounding Google Books, or even the general industry complaints about piracy. 

Some argue that the Author’s Guild’s complaint could apply to a teacher reading a book aloud to a classroom (in the same way downloading a torrent of an album or TV show is like making a cassette copy of a friend’s record or recording the show on your VCR). The editorial deals with this a little but there are still a lot of holes that will need to be filled in as old media and new media continue to collide

*For coming up with this headline, Paula Poundstone won Carl Kassel’s voice on the answering machine of one of our longtime readers!

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Written by Tyler Baber

February 25, 2009 at 4:44 pm

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25 Articles about “25 Random Things About Me”

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From the nail-bitingly fearful to the stories about stories about 25 things about me…

  1.  The Dallas Morning News- Does Facebook Make Us More Honest?
  2. Slate- The 10 Things We Want to Know about “25 Random Things About Me”
  3. Charlotte Observer.com- Facebook fad… Just Too Much Information?
  4. WECT-TV 6, Wilmington, NC- Facebook’s 25 Random Things: handing out info to online predators
  5. Gawker.com- ’25 Random Things’ Lists are the Last Vestige of American Literacy
  6. KSFY, SD- New Facebook Trend Growing and Growing
  7. Escapist Magazine, NC- “Viral Gaming” Trend Hits Facebook
  8. Columbus Dispatch- Facebook Fad Gets Personal
  9. Chicago Tribune- A Direct Reply to ’25 Random Things’
  10. USA Today- Facebook Friends shar ’25 things’ with the World
  11. Dallas Morning News (yes, twice in one week)- Millions Reveal Themselves Online with ’25 Random Things’ 
  12. Washington Post- We Never Do Random Until We Have To
  13. MSNBC- 25 Random Things about Facebook
  14. Time- 25 Things I Didn’t Want to Know About You
  15. Stony Brook Independent- Facebook’s 25 Things to Tempting to Pass Up
  16. Sacramento Bee- Jerry Brown Lists ’25 Random Things About Me’ on Facebook
  17. Washington Post Blogs- 25 Random Things, Kitchen Style
  18. Examiner.com- 25 Drinks About Me: A Toast to 25 Random Things
  19. Examiner.com- 25 Things: The Modern Chain Letter
  20. Gawker.com- Have You Heard of this Facebook ’25 Things’ Thing?
  21. San Mateo County Times- I’m Turning the Tables on Facebook’s 25 Things Craze
  22. Honolulu Star Bulletin- My space, my ‘things’: In your face, Facebook!
  23. Queerty.com- 25 Random Things about being Gay on Facebook
  24. Star News Online- The Parrot: ’25 Random Things’: The Universal Response
  25. NBC Los Angeles- 25 Things Articles Arriving As Fast as 25 Things Lists

Written by Tyler Baber

February 6, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Google and the Future of the News

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Peter Osnos suggests a creative solution to the newspaper revenue problem: make Google pay for clickthroughs to news.

“The notion that “information wants to be free” is absurd when the delivery mechanism is making a fortune and the creators are getting what amounts to zilch,” he says. That’s the money quote; Google IS making a fortune by delivering content. The question remains, though: should Google be punished for succeeding where the newspapers fail? Google makes its fortune via its ad network, meanwhile ad revenues (online or print) are drying up for the newspapers and magazines. I can’t imagine a world where only SOME sites get money from click-throughs, it would have to be an all or nothing deal to be even remotely legal. Still, this is a creative idea. If it were a little more thought through, so that Google stood to benefit at all and wasn’t just being asked to throw money at content providers, maybe he would have something worth Google’s consideration.

Written by Tyler Baber

February 5, 2009 at 4:30 pm

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