ATG Hot Topics of the Week: Orphans or Not? Authors as Marketers…and “The New Normal”?

by Jonathan H. Harwell, Georgia Southern University

So the Authors Guild has called out HathiTrust on allegedly not doing due diligence in researching the copyright status of orphan works.  InsideHigherEd has the scoop.

And in PBS MediaShift, author Jenny Shank tells us about the challenges and rewards of being responsible for marketing her own books.  When an author is taking on social media (like the new Facebook, and the newly open Google Plus), along with readings and signings, who has time to write the next book?  Besides, there’s always the new Pandora to help one procrastinate.

Meanwhile, Barbara Fister will be on Library Journal/School Library Journal’s Oct. 12 panel in the second annual Virtual Summit, Ebooks: The New Normal, but she’s not sure she’s totally on board.

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