What The Authors Guild’s Mary Rasenberger Isn’t Saying About Amazon

No one at The Authors Guild or the American Bookseller’s Association was able to find an hour in their busy schedules to publicly debate their recent calls for an antitrust investigation into Amazon’s business practices, but they did find time this week to conduct a lengthy poffball interview of The Authors Guild executive director  Mary Rasenberger. On… Read More »

Google Contributor Lets You “Directly Support” Sites, and Other Misleading Statements

When Google launched Google Contributor last November they promoted the service with the pitch that users would be able to directly support the websites they visited most. The idea most commonly expressed in the media coverage at the time was that users would subscribe and pay anywhere from $1 to $3 a month. The suggested subscription… Read More »

The Authors Guild Shows That Piracy is Not a Major Issue, Still Wants to Break the Internet

Last week The Authors Guild sent an open letter to Congress, asking that the DMCA be changed so that ISPs shouldered the responsibility for keeping pirated content off the web (rather than copyright holders, where it belongs). When I covered the story, I addressed the point that the proposal was unworkable in and of itself, but… Read More »

Book Industry Hates Its Biggest Customer, Collectively Calls on DoJ to Investigate Amazon

Judging by the media circus that just came to town, something huge is about to happen in the book world. The book industry has kicked off a massive coordinated media campaign today. The target? Amazon. Lead by Authors United spokesperson David Streitfeld, multiple groups in the book industry have simultaneously decided today to send letters to… Read More »