Audible Responds to Lawsuits, Saying Captions Are Fair Use

Audible Responds to Lawsuits, Saying Captions Are Fair Use

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Is an audiobook a book? What about the captioning of an audiobook, for hearing impaired or for a quick reference? An ongoing legal battle between Audible and several major book publishers reckons with the definition of what a book even is.   Image via Publishers Weekly   How Audible’s new Captions technology works is it scrolls a few words of AI-generated captioning to accompany an audiobook’s narration. Audible responded last week with a motion of their own, calling for the publishers’ suit to be dismissed. The legalese of the motion is a tad complex, but here’s the gist of the …

Publishers Use Lawsuit to Pick a Fight with Audible!

Publishers Use Lawsuit to Pick a Fight with Audible!

In August, we reported that seven U.S. publishers had filed a lawsuits against Audible, claiming the popular audiobook platform’s new captions program violates copyright law. Audible Captions scrolls a few words of AI-generated transcription to accompany an audiobook’s narration. In effect, Captions users would have access to the audiobook’s text in a roundabout way without having to purchase a copy of the e-book. However, the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in New York “didn’t give permission to publish a text version of their titles to Audible, noting that the text rights require a separate agreement.”   Image via …

Microsoft Will Stop Selling eBooks Today

Microsoft Will Stop Selling eBooks Today

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If you were unaware that Microsoft sold ebooks, then don’t worry, because they’re not anymore. The company announced today that it will stop selling ebooks through Microsoft Store effective today. That doesn’t mean that the books that users currently have will instantly vanish. Previously purchased books will be available through Microsoft’s Edge browser until July, and anybody who pre-ordered a book will get a full refund as well as $25 dollar credit added to their Microsoft accounts if you’ve annotated your books in any way (but the annotations will still be deleted). According to ZDNet, Microsoft made this decision in …

‘Book-Stuffing:’ The Self-Publishing Crime You’ve Never Heard Of

‘Book-Stuffing:’ The Self-Publishing Crime You’ve Never Heard Of

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There’s a scam going on in the eBook industry, and, as with most high-dollar missteps, no one is stopping it. Before we get into the details of these legal evasions, it’s critical to understand that eBook authors make money per pages read. When authors fill their works with special features to drive the page count into the thousands, eBook readers feel like they’re getting a steal: extra content for the same price. But, for the author, ‘steal’ isn’t that far off.   Image Via David Gaughran   There have been a number of tactics to stop self-publishing abuses designed to …

Marvel Will Release New Stories on Innovative E-Book Platform!

Marvel Will Release New Stories on Innovative E-Book Platform!

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NY Times reports that Serial Box, a digital service that delivers books in weekly chapter instalments, will collaborate with Marvel to publish original content with its iconic characters. Former global digital director of Penguin Random House Molly Barton (Not related to Hawkeye / Clint Barton) created Serial Box in 2015. Since its inception, the company has gained recognition for applying the TV series distribution model to its books. Readers can purchase “episodes” or entire “seasons” at affordable prices: think $1.99 for the e-book and audiobook versions of any individual episode.   Image via Den of Geek   “We are really focused …