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Author Encourages PDF Pirates

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Today’s post will provide a little more information related to the whole free vs. paid content debate. Most authors would love it, of course, if people gave them quadrillions of dollars per copy sold, but Peter Cooper took a practical approach when he recommended that individuals pirate PDF versions of his book. Cooper wrote, “I [...]

FTC Backs Away From Idea Of Fining Bloggers

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Earlier this week, the FTC strongly suggested that bloggers be upfront about any sort of compensation they receive for endorsing products. It strongly suggested this to the point that many bloggers believed they might face big fines, in fact. But the FTC has clarified its stance and probably won’t go for your bank account anytime [...]

Paywalls Receive Praise

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Last time, we talked about what might be considered the democratization of news coverage: everybody could have a shot at breaking stories. This week, something towards the opposite end of the scale has come up, as Martin Sorrell agreed with Rupert Murdoch that paywalls should protect premium content. Emma Barnett reported that Sorrell, who is [...]

Google Considers “Real-Time, User-Reported News Service”

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Depending on your current position or job prospects, you may view this as either good news or bad. But Google is considering tossing quite a lot of money at a sort of DIY news service, and you can actually cast a vote on the matter. Here’s the deal: a “real-time, user-reported news service” is one [...]

Google Simplifies Book Discovery Through Search Options

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Although we aren’t going to take sides on the Google Books settlement debate in this article, we will say that the reasons for writers to love Google outside of that controversial issue just keep piling up. Today, Google made all of its Google Books content searchable from regular results pages. Let’s face it, after all: [...]

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