Archive十二月 2018

For the First Time in nearly 20 years, Copyrights Will Expire in the US

For the First Time in nearly 20 years, Copyrights Will Expire in the US Intellectual Property

The problem with copyright law – particularly in the US –  is that people keep wanting to profit off of that which they did not create.

This is why we have things like the Berne convention, why deep-pocketed media companies bought extensions to the US copyright term no fewer than 3 times in the past fifty years, and why the US uses trade deals to pressure other countries into extending copyright terms to death plus 70 years.

This has left some of us despairing at the idea that no work will ever enter the public domain in the US ever again, but 1 January 2019 might be the turning point. The Atlantic notes that a cornucopia of works will be entering the public domain in the US in January.

For the first time in two decades, copyrights will actually expire in the US.

The Great American Novel enters the public domain on January 1, 2019—quite literally. Not the concept, but the book by William Carlos Williams. It will be joined by hundreds of thousands of other books, musical scores, and films first published in the United States during 1923. It’s the first time since 1998 for a mass shift to the public domain of material protected under copyright. It’s also the beginning of a new annual tradition: For several decades from 2019 onward, each New Year’s Day will unleash a full year’s worth of works published 95 years earlier.

This coming January, Charlie Chaplin’s film The Pilgrim and Cecil B. DeMille’s The 10 Commandments will slip the shackles of ownership, allowing any individual or company to release them freely, mash them up with other work, or sell them with no restriction. This will be true also for some compositions by Bela Bartok, Aldous Huxley’s Antic Hay, Winston Churchill’s The World Crisis, Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Pigeons, e.e. cummings’s Tulips and Chimneys, Noël Coward’s London Calling! musical, Edith Wharton’s A Son at the Front, many stories by P.G. Wodehouse, and hosts upon hosts of forgotten works, according to research by the Duke University School of Law’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain.

Other works entering the public domain include:

  • The Vanishing American in Ladies’ Home Journal, by Zane Grey
    One of the first literary critiques of the treatment of Native Americans; harsher than the later novel and silent film.
  • A Handbook of Cookery for a Small House, by Jessie Conrad
    A peek into the life of author Joseph Conrad via his wife’s recipe collection.
  • Our American Adventure, by Arthur Conan Doyle
    The creator of Sherlock Holmes recounts his popular (and controversial) lecture tour in support of Modern Spiritualism.
  • The Chip Woman’s Fortune, by Willis Richardson
    The first drama by an African-American author produced on Broadway; a one-act story of a family in financial straits.
  • Nebraska in The Nation, by Willa Cather
    She laments the cultural and economic homogenization in her beloved state.
  • The Real Story of a Bootlegger, by Anonymous
    The purportedly honest account of life as a criminal under the 18th Amendment: “Prohibition made me a millionaire.”

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Morning Coffee – 19 December 2018

Morning Coffee - 19 December 2018 Morning Coffee

Here are a few stories to read this Wednesday morning.

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Amazon’s Third Annual Digital Day Will be on 28 December

Amazon's Third Annual Digital Day Will be on 28 December Amazon

Amazon wants to give you one last chance to max out your credit cards before the end of the year, which is why they are holding a sale on 28 December.

Amazon’s third annual digital day will feature sales on Audible audiobooks, Marvel digital comics, ebooks, digital magazines, and more:

  • Save up to 75% off Kindle best-selling books, including titles such as Manhattan Beach, In the Midst of Winter, My Squirrel Days, Summer I Turned Pretty, Indianapolis, and Great At Work
  • Save up to 80% off best-selling Marvel graphic novels like Jessica Jones: Blind SpotRunaways Vol. 1: Pride and JoyYou Are Deadpool, and X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Save up to 60% off digital magazines such as Vanity FairPeopleEntertainment WeeklyMartha Stewart Living,Better Homes and GardensBon AppétitWiredShape, and Men’s Journal.
  • Save 33% on the Audible Romance Package for the first 3 months
  • Save $50 on Fire HD 10 tablet and receive 3 months free trial to Audible
  • Audible members can buy one, get one free on a selection of hundreds of Audible books
  • Get 3 months of Kindle Unlimited for $0.99. Enjoy unlimited access to over 1 million books, popular magazines and thousands of books with Audible narration. Offer valid for new subscribers only
  • Get 3 months free of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited for $2.99. Offer valid for new subscribers only

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Kindle Unlimited Per-Page Rate Reaches Half a Cent in November 2018 while the Funding Pool Grew

Kindle Unlimited Per-Page Rate Reaches Half a Cent in November 2018 while the Funding Pool Grew ebook sales Kindle (platform)

Amazon informed authors on Friday that the Kindle Unlimited funding pool grew to $23.6 million  (plus bonuses) in November 2018 , up from $23.5 million the previous month.

At the same time the per-page rate royalty rose to $0.005206, compared to $0.0048413 in October 2018.  The page rate did not rise uniformly in all markets; in fact, for the first time ever the rate fluctuated differently in the EU markets. France, Italy, and Spain all now have their own monthly page rate. They used to pay the same rate, but now each market are large enough that Amazon is adjusting its country’s rate separately.

  • US: $0.0052 (USD)
  • UK: £0.0037 (GBP)
  • Canada: $0.0046 (CAD)
  • Germany: €0.0031 (EUR)
  • France: €0.0044 (EUR)
  • Spain: €0.0048 (EUR)
  • Italy: €0.0052 (EUR)
  • Brazil: R$ 0.0102 (BRL)
  • Japan: 0.6250 (JPY )
  • Australia: $0.0041 (AUD)
  • India, Netherlands, Mexico: unknown

Here’s a list of the monthly funding pools. It does not include the bonuses paid out each month.

  • July 2014: $2.5 million (Kindle Unlimited launches early in the month)
  • August 2014: $4.7 million
  • September 2014: $5 million
  • October 2014: $5.5 million
  • November 2014: $6.5 million
  • December 2014: $7.25 million
  • January 2015 – $8.5 million
  • February 2015: $8 million
  • March 2015: $9.3 million
  • April 2015: $9.8 million
  • May 2015: $10.8 million
  • June 2015: $11.3 million
  • July 2015: $11.5 million
  • August 2015: $11.8 million
  • September 2015: $12 million
  • October 2015: $12.4 million
  • November 2015: $12.7 million
  • December 2015: $13.5 million
  • January 2016: $15 million
  • February 2016: $14 million
  • March 2016: $14.9 million
  • April 2016: $14.9 million
  • May 2016: $15.3 million
  • June 2016: $15.4 million
  • July 2016: $15.5 million
  • August 2016: $15.8 million
  • September 2016: $15.9 million
  • October 2016: $16.2 million
  • November 2016: $16.3 million
  • December 2016: $16.8 million
  • January 2017: : $17.8 million
  • February 2017: : $16.8 million
  • March 2017: $17.7 million
  • April 2017: $17.8 million
  • May 2017 :$17.9 million
  • June 2017: $18 million
  • July 2017: $19 million
  • August 2017: $19.4 million
  • September 2017: $19.5 million
  • October 2017: $19.7 million
  • November 2017: $19.8 million
  • December 2017: $19.9 million
  • January 2018: $20.9 million
  • February 2018: $20 million
  • March 2018: $21 million
  • April 2018: $21.2 million
  • May 2018: $22.5 million
  • June 2018: $22.6 million
  • July 2018: $23.1 million
  • August 2018: $23.3 million
  • September 2018: $23.4 million
  • October 2018: $23.5 million
  • November 2018: $23.6 million

via Self Publisher Bibel

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Fictionaries are Custom Dictionaries for the Kindle (as well as Many Other Reading Apps)

Fictionaries are Custom Dictionaries for the Kindle (as well as Many Other Reading Apps) e-Reading Software Kindle (platform) Many readers like the way the Kindle’s X-Ray feature adds extra details to the books they read, but it only works with ebooks bought in the Kindle Store. Those of us who like to buy ebooks elsewhere and sideload them can’t use it, but luckily there is a solution.

About four years ago I reported on a startup called Fictionaries which uses the Kindle’s proprietary dictionary ebook format to offer custom dictionaries. Readers can download a fictionary and install it as a dictionary on a Kindle or the Kindle app for iOS.

The big difference between now and 2014 is that you can also find Fictionaries in the StarDict file format, which means that you should be able to use a Fictionary with any app that supports this dictionary format.

About 3 dozen fictionaries are currently available across several genres including classic books, SF, and fantasy. The content is drawn from many of the same sources as the Kindle X-Ray: people. According to Tech Cocktail, the details in a fictionary comes from the multitude of community-driven wikis already available.

Fictionaries is the brainchild of Dave Byard. It’s a project he’s been working on since about 2012, and he says he was inspired to start this project after receiving positive feedback on his first few books. “I gave it to a couple of friends and they spurred me on to do something with it because they liked it so much,” Byard said.

Fictionaries are Custom Dictionaries for the Kindle (as well as Many Other Reading Apps) e-Reading Software Kindle (platform) This is a pretty cool idea, and if Amazon hadn’t already come up with a better idea (X-Ray) then fictionaries could have been a big deal. Byard has even thought up a couple clever refinements, including offering spoiler-free fictionaries. For example, a fictionary for A Song of Fire and Ice (the first book in the Game of Thrones series) would hypothetically exclude details from later books in that series, thus saving you from learning that nearly all of the characters you like are killed.

When I wrote about this topic back in 2014, I said that I hoped more fictionaries would be created. I am following several series which have grown into “cast of thousands” situation and could really use a fictionary to keep the characters and locations straight, but at this point they are still few and far between.

BTW, did you know authors can request a fictionary of their work?

Fictionaries via Tech Cocktail

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Morning Coffee – 14 December 2018

Morning Coffee - 14 December 2018 Morning Coffee

Here are a few stories to read this Friday morning.

Inspired by the article at the first link, I have started making maps of my own. The first one shows the major river systems of the planet Tatooine.

Morning Coffee - 14 December 2018 Morning Coffee

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PSA: eBookMall Has Gones From eBook Retailer to Phishing Site

PSA: eBookMall Has Gones From eBook Retailer to Phishing Site Security & Privacy

If you were a customer of eBookMall,com then you might want to look for a new ebookstore. The site has somehow come under the control of a scammer of unknown origin.

The site looks normal at first glance, bur if you visit a book listing you will find that the buy buttons have been replaced by a button that says “read for free”.

If you click the button you will be redirected to, well, I’m not sure what site it sends you to. My security software will not let me visit the redirected site, and I am going to  err on the side of caution just this once.

If you happened to click that link, do yourself a favor and run a security check on your computer. And if you gave them your credit card numbers, call the credit card company NOW.

I don’t know what they are doing on that site but it clearly isn’t safe.

MobileRead (Thanks, FBone!)

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Number of Book Buying Households in Germany Declines as eBook Buyers Grows Rapidly

GfK may have reported that fewer German ebook buyers bought more ebooks last year, but the German Federal Statistics Office, or  Statistisches Bundesamt, announced on Tuesday that the number of ebook buyers in Germany increased by almost 50 percent in the last three years.

Number of Book Buying Households in Germany Declines as eBook Buyers Grows Rapidly statistics

According to the press release, 1.6 million households bought ebooks in 2017, an increase of almost 50% from the 1.1 million households that bought ebooks in 2014. With number of book-buying households declining to 20.2 million households in 2017 from 23.4 million households in 2007, the new stats on ebook buyers represent both an increase in buyers and a greater share of book-buying households who had adopted ebooks.

It’s not clear how this jives with GfK data from February which showed that 3.5 million Germans bought 29.1 million ebooks in 2017, a slight increase from the 3.8 million Germans bought 28 million ebooks in 2017.

Destatis.de via Lesen.net

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Google Site Kit Will Make It Easier to Integrate Google’s Services Into WordPress Sites

Between its SEO, traffic analysis, and performance optimization tools (Search Console, Analytics, and PageSpeed Insights, respectively), Google supplies a number of key tools used by just about everyone who has a website.

Unfortunately, it can be hard for the non-tech-savvy to use these tools with their site. This is good for me but not so good for the average user, but now Google is trying to solve this issue.

I just heard in one of the Facebook groups where tech gather than Google is testing a new WordPress plugin that is designed to integrate Google’s services into self-hosted WordPress sites.

It’s called Site Kit.

Google Site Kit Will Make It Easier to Integrate Google's Services Into WordPress Sites Google Web Publishing

The plugin will open to beta testers in early 2019, so we really don’t know anything about how well it works.

But I can tell you it is supposed to do is integrate four Google services into WordPress, making it easy for users quickly access info about their sites. Users will be able to look into Google Search Console and find out which keywords are drawing the most users to the site, check Google Adsense to see how much they are earning from adverts, examine their popular posts and traffic sources in Google Analytics, and see what Google PageSpeed Insights thinks about the speed of their sites.

These four different services can currently be found on four different websites, but after Google works the bugs out of Site Kit, WordPress users will have all this info at their fingertips.

If that sounds nifty, head over to the Site Kit to sign up for the beta. I did. I don’t know that I will be installing this plugin on any of my clients’ sites, but I am curious to see what this looks like.

TBH I have pretty low expectations; Google has recently redesigned the Search Console and PageSpeed Insights websites to make them both more confusing and less useful (no, you didn’t read that wrong) and I fully expect that Google’s new plugin to be very bewildering for the average user.

And that is unfortunate because it would actually be pretty useful if Google would automate the steps required to integrate their services into WordPress. Yes, this integration would cost me a little business, but if it worked well then I can save time by using it on client sites.

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