“A mammoth project is also under way to rewrite the whole of the newspaper’s archive, stretching back to 1821, in the form of tweets. Major stories already completed include “1832 Reform Act gives voting rights to one in five adult males yay!!!”; “OMG Hitler invades Poland, allies declare war see tinyurl.com/b5x6e for more”; and “JFK assassin8d @ Dallas, def. heard second gunshot from grassy knoll WTF?”—Twitter switch for Guardian, after 188 years of ink | Media | The Guardian
“The burden for a program that would safeguard agribusiness interests would be disproportionately shouldered by small farmers, rural families and consumers of locally produced food. Worse yet, that burden would force many rural Americans to lose our way of life.”—
I’m convinced. Big agribusiness in its current state is disgusting in more ways than one. We should be doing everything we can to help out small farmers who are doing it right.
“If the [Authors] Guild really wants to do well by authors, it would lobby Amazon to support industry-wide standards like epub, and encourage the development of an open and interoperable marketplace for digital content. Instead, the Guild has given Amazon the perfect excuse for creating a closed system that will limit consumers’ options and fragment the industry.”—Authors Guild Gives Amazon the Perfect Alibi | Booksquare
“We strongly believe many rights holders will be more comfortable with the text-to-speech feature if they are in the driver’s seat.”—
Poor, poor consumers. We never get to drive anymore.
Would rights-holders like the opportunity to slap a sticker on a book that says, “I, the author of the book you’re about to read, hereby forbid you from reading this book aloud to your friend, your family, your ill loved one, or your child”?
I’m a rights holder in addition to being a consumer (I like to sometimes call myself an “author”), and I’m appalled. Better let my publishers (who, thanks, don’t all own the rights to the text in my books) know that I want the Kindle 2* to be enabled for TTS for my books.
*Ironically, I think the choke-hold Amazon is poised to have on the publishing industry because of its proprietary Kindle format and immense reach ain’t such a great thing; when I do get a reader for myself it won’t be a Kindle.