CDL in the firing line

A row has developed about the mission of San Francisco’s Internet Archive “to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge”, just as they support the aims of public libraries everywhere in helping access to books and knowledge.

The Authors Guild in the US, the Society of Authors in the UK and the Australian Society of Authors are all challenging the ‘unlawful’ lending of scanned copies of physical books through the Internet Archive’s Open Library platform and from a number of libraries in the US. This practice, called Controlled Digital Lending (CDL), is a system by which a library scans a copy of a legally acquired print book, removes the print copy from circulation and then lends the PDF copy on a one copy/one user model, like it would a print book. However, unless authors – and publishers – are recompensed there will be no knowledge in the form of books to be scanned in the first place.

The Authors Guild (US) says “authors lose potential income from every authorised loan made under CDL. The digital reproductions and loans merely supplant the legitimate sale of ebooks, whether library editions that the library would otherwise license, or ebooks that the author or publisher would sell directly to consumers”. Apparently there is no Public Lending Right (PLR) in the US either. Source: LBF 25/1/2019

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LBF announces Author of the Day prog.

The London Book Fair has announced writer Caryl Phillips, leading YA novelist Holly Bourne and acclaimed Indonesian author Seno Gumira Ajidarma, to headline its annual Author of the Day programme. A key element of the fair, the programme brings some of the most successful writers working today to showcase their work and celebrating their achievements.

Headlining the opening day of the fair is Caryl Phillips, whose eminent body of work includes sixteen works of fiction and non-fiction including Crossing the RiverA Distant Shore and Dancing in the Dark.

Children’s Author of the Day is Holly Bourne, author of the award-winning ‘Spinster Club’ series. In  2018 she released her first, adult novel How Do You Like Me Now while returning to her YA roots with Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes?

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Costa Book Awards 2018 Category Winners Announced.

Congratulations to the five winning authors:

  • Stuart Turton takes the First Novel Award for his debut, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, a high-concept crime novel;
  • Irish novelist Sally Rooney wins the Novel Award for her second novel Normal People, becoming the youngest-ever recipient of the Award;
  • Oxford Professor Bart van Es wins the Biography Award for his memoir The Cut Out Girl, a deeply moving story of war, families, loss, survival and friendship;
  • Scottish poet J.O. Morgan wins the Poetry Award for Assurances,  a book-length war-poem in part inspired by his father who was a former RAF officer involved in maintaining Britain’s Airborne Nuclear Deterrent;
  • The Children’s Book Award goes to Hilary McKay for The Skylark’s War, an evocative and heartbreaking novel of family and friendship in wartime.

The Costa Book Awards is the only major UK book prize open solely to authors resident in the UK and Ireland and recognises some of the most enjoyable books across five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – published in the last year.

One of whose books will be named 2018 Costa Book of the Year on 29th January

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