The new year is off with a bang—and a whimper.
The news of Borders Chapter 11 bankruptcy is probably hardly news, but the proposed closing of some 190 the stores and the loss of an estimated 20,000 (!) jobs is a sobering prospect. Some see this as an indication of the demise of “real” books and the triumph of e-books. While not all predict that “real” books will disappear any time soon, the change in format raises serious issues for writers: compensation and copyright.
Both issues are addressed in a series of informative articles by The Writers’ Guild. The following is on “The E-Book Royalty Mess” http://tiny.cc/0p0jb.
The second is a posting on Scott Turow’s comments, “Would the Bard have Survived the Web,” in the New York Times about the issue of compensation for one’s intellectual work, copyright, and the impact of online piracy on these. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/15/opinion/15turow.htm?_r=1
And since I am toiling again in the classroom, in The Chronicle of Higher Education is an article, “A Perfect Storm in Undergraduate Education, Part I,” http://chronicle.com/article/A-Perfect-Storm-in/126451/. These are observations and comments on the state of “higher” education in the US by Thomas H. Benton (pen name) as described in the recent study, Academically Adrift, Limited Learning on College Campuses by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa.
….and yes, I am writing—although I don’t know why 🙂