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How Authors Can Make Use of Twitter’s New Vine, the Fate of Barnes & Noble, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

GalleyCat lists a few ideas of how authors can make use of Twitter’s new Vine; Peter Osnos considers the fate of Barnes & Noble; Publishers Lunch has created a new edition of Buzz Books—a free e-book which features excerpts from upcoming releases; and other news.

Publishing in the Twenty-First Century: An Interview With John B. Thompson

Gabriel Cohen

Gabriel Cohen, coordinator of Sundays at Sunny’s, one of New York City’s longest-running literary reading series, talks with John B. Thompson, author of Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in the Twenty-First Century, who demystifies the complexity of the book-publishing industry in the United States and in the United Kingdom.

French Publisher Sues Google for Damages

Adrian Versteegh

In the first major overseas legal challenge to its massive book-scanning project, Google’s French division was hit last week with a copyright infringement lawsuit. Publishing group La Martinière, backed by the editors association Syndicat national de l’édition (SNE) and the writers union Société des gens de lettres (SGDL), is asking a Paris court to force the Internet giant to halt its digitization of protected works and to levy a fine of eighteen million euros (about $26 million) as well as a per diem fine of one hundred thousand euros ($146,000).


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