No, it helps.
Because of the strange distortions of copyright protection, there are twice as many newly published books available on Amazon from 1850 as there are from 1950.
This is super exciting, interesting preliminary data, I think. I had one of my students write a computer program that would crawl through Amazon.com and pull 2,500 fiction titles at random. … The findings are absolutely fascinating.
We broke these out by decade. … You would expect that if you can crawl through Amazon looking at only new books and only books sold by Amazon — so these are not used books, these are not sold by Amazon associates, this is what’s in Amazon’s warehouses — of course, the biggest number of books is from the decade 2000-2010. That’s what you’d expect; they’re more recent, more popular. Drops off really quickly for books in the 1990s, 1980s, 1970s, ’60, 1950, 1940, 1930 — here’s the point in time where books start falling in the public domain. Suddenly it goes up and up and up. There’s as many books [that] Amazon is selling brand new right now from the 1900s to 1910 as from the 2000s to 2010. You go all the way back to 1850 — there’s twice as many books from the 1850s being sold on Amazon right now as the 1950s. So this sort of confirms the notion that there’s some sort of positive public-domain effect …
WHY????? WHAT REASON COULD THERE POSSIBLY BE TO SHOOT A PERIOD DRAMA LIKE THIS BOOK IN 3D? BAZ LURHMANN HAS GONE NUTS AND THIS IS GOING TO BE AN EVEN BIGGER FLOP THAN THE RAT SHIT ‘AUSTRALIA’, AND THAT IS A BIG CALL AS THAT FILM WAS TOTAL SHIT. BUT ‘THE GREAT GATSBY’ IS A FINE STORY THAT NEEDS ATTENTION. HAVING MR ADHD RUNNING AROUND WORRYING ABOUT CAMERA PLACEMENT WILL MAKE FOR A FRENETIC, UNFOCUSED SET.
From MTV News…….
MTV Geek had the pleasure of chatting with acclaimed author Anne Rice recently at San Diego Comic-Con 2011. Rice is quite busy on the comics front, with adaptations of her work scheduled to come out from IDW Publishing (Servant of the Bones) and Yen Press (Interview With The Vampire) — but she’s also excited about a werewolf-themed new book she’s working on, “The Wolf Gift” –
“It’s about a young man who becomes a werewolf. It’s my take on what that experience is like for that young man, to experience that transformation and how it works in his life and how he copes with it.”