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!
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
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.
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.
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
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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