January 1st is the day when new titles whose copyrights have expired enter the public domain. Unless you live in the US, that is. Thanks to laws which have extended the length of the copyright term, no new previously published works are entering the public domain until 2019. I THINK THIS IS A TRAVESTY. To read about the titles by authors such as Issac Asimov, Ian Fleming, Rachael Carson, and Martin Luther King that could have been freely available, take a look at the Duke University Center for the Study of the Public Domain website. For Canada and countries in the EU with sensible laws, enjoy!
Apple offers EU customers 14-day money-back returns on e-purchases: “No questions asked” digital refunds for iTunes, iBooks, and apps (but not in US) (Ars Technica)
HarperCollins Wipes Israel Off the Map (Digital Reader)
The Interview earns a stunning $15M from online sales: Sony got close to the $20 million weekend it was aiming for (Ars Technica)
Today in the Amazon bonus Gold Box deal, there are Over 40 Books to Jump-Start New Year’s Resolutions for $2.99 or less. These include books on fitness, diet, goal-setting, inspirational and more.
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