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POW: The Internet’s Original Sin – The Atlantic

    • Pick Of the Week:
      “I have come to believe that advertising is the original sin of the web. The fallen state of our Internet is a direct, if unintentional, consequence of choosing advertising as the default model to support online content and services. Through successive rounds of innovation and investor storytime, we’ve trained Internet users to expect that everything they say and do online will be aggregated into profiles (which they cannot review, challenge, or change) that shape both what ads and what content they see.” (by )

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Pick of the week: Hold the Phone: A Big-Data Conundrum –

    • “Correlations are what motivate us to look further. If all that big data does — and it surely does more — is to point out interesting correlations whose fundamental reasons we unpack in other ways, that already has immense value” (Sendhil Mullainathan)

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Amazon, a Friendly Giant as Long as It’s Fed –

  • “Amazon believes that publishers take too much of the money in producing a book and add too little value. In traditional publishing, the highest royalty a writer could get was 15 percent of the book’s price. With e-books, the royalty is 25 percent of net revenue, but Amazon feels that is still not enough. Mr. Zandri gets 35 percent, and self-published writers who use Amazon’s platform get more.”

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Amazon vs. Hachette, perché si scontrano i colossi dell’editoria –

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IPR License Launches Global Digital Marketplace for Book Rights | Digital Book World

  • “IPR License, the global digital marketplace for books rights, has opened up its platform to coincide with the launch of its fully bespoke transactional licensing solution – ‘TradeRights’. This new functionality is the first in the industry to allow parties to make offers and negotiate deals on whole book rights then complete the transaction in full, including contracts and payment.”

    Ecco il link: IPR License


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From ticket offices to “click-and-collect” goods (books?).

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Streaming Ebook Update: The «BOOOM!» of Ebooks Subscription Based Services?

I mentioned it here and here: Streaming, Lending; Ebooks Subscription Based Services. Updating the thread now:

Germany based service: «Ebooks to borrow rather than buy».

  1. Basic: € 9,99 monthly – 3 books simultaneously borrowed – 2 devices synchronized – 24h offline reading
  2. Plus: € 14.99 monthly – 5 books simultaneously borrowed – 2 devices synchronized – 30 days offline reading
  3. Pemium: 19.99 monthly – 15 books simultaneously borrowed – 3 devices synchronized – 30 days offline reading

Dutch service. Subscriptions start at an introductory offer of 14.95 euros for three months, allowing up to five books at once available. The top offer is subscription of 169 euros per year, which allows up to fifteen books to be borrowed at once.

Lending service – You already know it… (must be Prime member – 79USD yearly – Books that are borrowed from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library can be read only on Kindle devices.)


Barcelona Based: «premium subscription at 8,99 Euro monthly».

«Select a subscription plan for 2 ($14.99), 3 ($22.50), or 4 ($29.99) books a month.»

They say you get the ownership of all downloaded e-books: “eReatah is not a rental or streaming service”.

Brasil based subscription service: 3 books weekly.

The Digital Reader is not convinced: «The service costs 3.90 Brazilian reais per week, or about $1.69 USD, and (according to one Brazilian ebook blog) offers access to 130 titles. No, that is not typo; it really is one hundred and thirty ebooks for 2 bucks a week.»

Denmark based renting service. Around 13 Euro (99 Danish krones) monthly. They claim 8.000 books on the catalogue.

15k titles (9 euro monthly): «Choose between reading a subset of this catalog online for free, or become a Premium reader with a small subscription fee, and access the whole catalog, offline, and with no ads».

Another Danish service: one month subscription (69 Danish Krones,around 9 euros): you can download (and I guess own) 1 single book each month.

«Pay per page, unlimited page skipping »

«As you read, the proportional value of the pages you read is deducted from your balance. These pages are yours, you can access them anytime. Whatever happens, you never pay more than the full book price. That is brilliant, you pay only for the pages you actually read».

Few comments:

«James McQuivey: All the evidence suggests that consumers love subscription content models — it’s the original model of magazines and newspapers and cable, and now it’s the power behind Netflix. I believe it would work with books, but like the ebook model in the early days, it won’t work until the publishers are ready to embrace it, which they won’t for a whole host of reasons».

«How many people have signed up? TA: We’re not disclosing that yet, but we do plan to make an announcement when we hit a milestone. But it looks good and it’s growing quickly. Since we soft launched in January, it’s been growing 60% month-over-month and in the last few weeks it’s more than doubled».

«The ebook subscription services face an interesting business challenge. For any new ebook purveyor to succeed, it must satisfy three primary stakeholders: 1. Customers (readers). 2. Suppliers of the product they sell (authors and publishers). 3. Itself (it must earn a profit so it can keep the lights on and reinvest in its business)».



Update: eBooks Streaming (or “Lending”, if you like it better)


Streaming Ebooks?

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Intellectual Property

I am Waiting for my Business Model

Si guarda alla musica online nella speranza di avere qualche indicazione sul futuro dei libri online, e quindi degli ebook.

Un libro ed un brano musicale sono cose diverse, certo, però… insomma, non devo spiegarlo, o meglio, forse non so spiegarlo, ma i due fenomeni hanno troppe cose in comune per non  attirare la curiosità di chi vende, o studia i problemi giuridici del come vendere, “contenuti digitali”.

Così, funziona e, se funziona, come funziona, il “business model” di un servizio come Spotify o Pandora (non accessibile dall’Italia)? Servizi di successo e relativamente recenti, non gemmati dalle grandi piattaforme di distribuzione dei soliti noti.

In questi giorni alcuni autori hanno protestato: da questo modello non si ricava niente! Ma ovviamente la realtà è più complessa. Michael Degusta dà un po’ di numeri qui.

A me resta il dubbio che se ne riesca mai a venire a capo, dato l’intreccio di interessi, leggi, organismi, novità tecnologiche che se ne trae. Se il legislatore un pò dovunque non riesce ad intervenire sulla materia è perché è davvero difficile sbrogliare una simile matassa.

Ma…  The Show Must Go On, e quindi gli affari si regolano da soli… grazie agli accordi tra privati e con l’effetto giungla (con leoni ed agnelli) tipico delle fasi di transizione come queste.

Temo però una “transizione permanente”: la tecnologia avanza più rapidamente della stessa capacità di gestirne gli effetti in termini di bilanciamento degli interessi secondo giustizia e pubblico interesse.

Il giurista, in fondo, amerebbe un po’ d’ordine. Ma credo debba rassegnarsi ad un ragionevole Caos.