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France: Initiative For A Higher Tax On eBooks That Are Not Interoperable

A French deputy thinks that proprietary and DRM protected eBooks should not be legally considered books and should not benefit from the fiscal advantages enjoyed by books as cultural artifacts. Last week, during a debate in the French National Assembly … Continue reading

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Anthologies Of Authors In Translation Pulled From ReLIRE

Reaction to the launch of ReLIRE from writers and readers was strong this week, but publishers and the Bibliothèque National de France were rather quiet. François Gèze, director of the publishing house Editions La Découverte and member of the scientific … Continue reading

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Reactions To Rollout Of France’s Book Digitization Project

The reactions to the launch of the ReLIRE registry in France last week were fast and furious. Team AlexandriZ published a list of disturbing observations (link in French) about the registry. As more examples of translations and anthologies contained in … Continue reading

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Harlan Ellison, Ursula K. Le Guin Among Award-Winning Writers On French “Copyright Theft” List

While rooting around on the ReLIRE site, I discovered some big names among the English-language writers whose translated works may be found on the list. For those of you just tuning in, the ReLIRE registry is the official list of … Continue reading

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Legalized Copyright Theft Begins In France: Government Prepares To Dispossess Writers Using Public Funds

A lot has been happening in France regarding copyright, digitization and orphan works. I barely have time to follow these developments, much less to write about them in any detail. However, last week the French National Library “published” the list … Continue reading

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J.K. Rowling At The Grocery Store

The woman in front of me in the checkout line bought J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy at the grocery store yesterday. I wasn’t prepared for this opportunity and wasn’t able to get my iPhone out of my purse in time … Continue reading

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I had a chance to return to Provence last weekend and spent an afternoon in the Toulourenc Valley in and around Brantes and Savoillans. Since summer is drawing to a close, I thought I’d post a few photos that capture … Continue reading

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Vacation: Photos From Provence

My vacation pictures seemed to generated some interest, and since I have a few unpublished ones I really like, I thought I’d do another post. They also give me the opportunity to follow up on some interesting comments from Corinne … Continue reading

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Notes From Vacation: Nîmes

From Castillon du Gard, it was a short drive to Uzès and then down the D 979 to Nîmes. Unfortunately there weren’t many places to stop and take in the view through the Gorges of the Gardon. At least there … Continue reading

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