Round up #143: authors in bookstores, Adaptive Studios

Round up #143:Round up #143: authors in bookstores, Adaptive Studios

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

My McFarland sale bargains are great…thanks, eReaderIQ!

When I found out that there was a big sale on books from McFarland, I made sure to tell you about them…and I took advantage of it myself. 🙂

Well, it’s been long enough that I’m deep into a couple of the books (I normally read several books concurrently), and I’m very pleased!

Keep Watching the Skies by Bill Warren (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

is now $17.00…all of the books I’d reported were $3.99 at the time, so I had a $13.01 savings. I can’t tell you I would have bought it if it hadn’t been on a sale, but somebody might have bought it for me. 😉

It’s a listing of science fiction movies released in the USA in the 1950s. So far, I’ve seen almost all of them. From reading the book, I’ve sought out a couple and watched them.

Warren does a nice job telling us about the cast and crew outside of this movie, and pointing out trends. That’s what I picture when I think McFarland books: context.

Another one is

A History of the Doc Savage Adventures in Pulps, Paperbacks, Comics, Fanzines, Radio and Film by Robert Michael “Bobb” Cotter (at AmazonSmile*)

I’m a devoted Doc Savage fan, but I couldn’t tell you the plot of every one of the 181 original adventures…Cotter can. 🙂

I didn’t remember how political some of them are. It was interesting that in one novel, after the rise of Adolf Hitler, the USA and Germany (and others) band together, planning to disarm the rest of the world (Russia especially). Doc works against that…hopefully, Shane Black doesn’t portray Doc as a super patriot like Captain America.

That book is $9.99 now, so I saved $6.

Authors in bookstores

I have been in a bookstore (not working there…as a customer) and stumbled upon an author signing books.

It was an odd experience…I felt like I was intruding, like it was a private party between the author and the fans who went to the store to see them.

I did stay and listen, and it was fascinating.

In this BOOK RIOT article by Peter Damien

the writer describes actively avoiding the table in a similar situation.

That’s one thing that’s very hard for some authors…doing the marketing. That is just a very different feel and skill set from writing.

Turning abandoned scripts into books…and then back into movies

Hollywood (which I follow pretty closely) gets a lot of scripts. Some scripts travel around for years, perhaps being loved, but just not getting a deal together for some reason.

Movies cost a lot of money to make…the production budgets alone (not counting marketing) can be $200 million.

Books, on the other hand, are far cheaper to produce.

In this

New York Times article by Alexandra Alter and Brooks Barnes

There company, Adaptive Studios, buy those unattached scripts and turn into books…and if they do well enough, they can then turn the novels into movies.

It’s an interesting, round about path…but I’m not convinced they’ll be able to make outstanding movies. That’s never easy, and remember that these scripts  were generally already seen as difficult challenges.

I wish them luck!

What happens when publishers ignore copyright issues

This is a really interesting article in

Publishing Perspectives by Michael Healy

Healy is the Executive Director (International Relations) of the Copyright Clearance Center.

The article looks at how legal copyright changes in some countries can greatly affect publishers (and that affects readers like us, of course).

Regular readers know that I’m interested in copyright issues, and write about them from time to time in this blog.

I’ll give you a non-book example of a decision about copyright that massively changed an industry…the so-called “Betamax case”, Sony Corp. of America v. Universal City Studios, Inc. In that case, and in a split decision (you can read about it here) it was determined that consumers using video recording devices to “time shift” TV shows was Fair Use (allowed under copyright).

If the case had gone the other way (and it was close), you wouldn’t have had the giant home video market which developed. Oh, you might still have been able to buy licensed videos…I had bought Super 8MM three minute movie condensations legally. However, the reason people had recorders in their homes was to record shows, of course…which then meant they had something on which to watch those videocassettes.

The article will give you quick looks at some of the issues around the world…I recommend it.

In the USA, we could see big changes with definitive decisions about several issues:

  • “Orphan books”…ones still under copyright, but with no one to speak for them…a decision could be made that makes it legal to publish those without permission
  • Whether or not digitizing your physical copies for your own use is Fair Use…if that was a definitive yes, I think we’d get digitizing devices that were more effective than what we have now
  • Fanfic: if it was clearly ruled that publishers/authors/estates own the rights to what they have published, but not to the characters and situations (unless trademarked), that would be a game changer
  • Copyright terms: might they get longer…or shorter?

Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think about any of these issues by commenting on this post…

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4 Responses to “Round up #143: authors in bookstores, Adaptive Studios”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I was born when dinosaurs still wore diapers, so my first experience with taping of videos was reel to reel! I saw a news link this morning announcing that the last company to still manufacture VCR’s had announced that the end was near. I can remember using my mom’s brownie camera in a darkened living room to try to capture images of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. Little did I realize that the next generation of teens would be able to record those TV moments they wanted to remember. I still own a combo DVD-VCR player/recorder though the VCR side is getting really cranky. Last spring, the cable company made changes that required use of their own equipment in order to receive a signal, so I upgraded to DVR. I like the DVR, but I miss having the ability to make hard copies of breaking news or TV events I might want to keep for posterity. I think of the home movies my cousin converted to VCR and I eventually converted to DVD and wonder how I’ll be able to save them when the last DVD/Blue Ray player comes off the assembly line.

    Change is inevitable, but I can’t help thinking maybe we should lower a flag or have a moment of silence for the passing of technology that changed the way we watch TV and movies.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      Yep, my first home video attempt was reel to reel. A friend of mine, an electronics whiz, tried to hook it up…and burned out the audio circuit on a TV we had. 🙂 I also had (and have, I believe) a reel to reel audio player…and I made what would now be called a “mix tape” that was something like 6 hours of dance music. It supplied the soundtrack for a few parties. I had a brownie, but I’m not sure I ever even used it…Super 8mm? Many hours…

      I’m not sure how they required their own equipment…generally, I believe they have to also broadcast it, at least the “basic cable”. I’d have to check, though. I use a Tivo a lot, but we paid a lifetime membership for it a very long time ago. We’ve replaced the drive once from a third party…and that still keeps the lifetime going. However, within the past year or so, it started glitching…it doesn’t always change to the right channel. I tried replacing cables (I needed adapters), but that didn’t do it. When I really want something, I use our Harmony to change the channels at the right time on the cable box.

      We mostly watch Hulu, and some Netflix, some Prime…and I watch some full length things on YouTube (through our Fire TV). That means, though, as you note, that we don’t store off device.

      We haven’t replace the Tivo, because I don’t want to pay a monthly fee for it…we have enough options for videos without it. 🙂

      • Lady Galaxy Says:

        I have a cable ready TV and a cable ready DVD/VCR recorder with digital tuners which allowed me to use a preset timer to record shows and to watch on show while recording another. But my cable company, which shall remain nameless, decided in April that in order to continue to receive a signal, I would have to use one of their converters, or actually two converters since I would have needed separate converters for the TV and the recorder. I would have lost the ability to do timer recordings. The only choice if I wished to receive cable and retain the ability to watch one while recording one was to go with a DVR. I didn’t have the option of going to antenna TV because I’m in an area that does not get good local reception. So I’m now paying about $15 more to rent a box to do what I was doing for free in March.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Lady!

        That makes sense, thanks. I would assume you could use a Harmony to change you cable converter to the right channel at the right time (that’s what I do for the few shows I can’t see on Hulu that I really want to record). However, that’s a considerable investment, and takes what amounts to programming…not convenient, certainly.

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