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Do blurbs help sell books?

May 24, 2016

Tags: blurb, testimonial

by Pat McNees
My first experience asking experts to read and maybe praise a book was with DYING, A BOOK OF COMFORT, an anthology I put together after my father's death. It was designed to sooth the frightened and bereaved. The Literary Guild asked me for a list of people who might comment, which I provided, (more…)

Who owns an interview? Who controls the right to use it?

May 18, 2016

Tags: copyright, rights, intellectual property

by Pat McNees
Who owns (or is assumed to own) the copyright in an interview seems to vary among professions (say, journalists and oral historians) and sometimes those doing the interviewing seemto be taking too much advantage of the people they are interviewing. (more…)

The Hubbub About Sci-Hub

May 4, 2016

Tags: Sci-Hub, open access, Elsevier, pirated papers

Welcome to Sci-Hub, the Pirate Bay of science. "A researcher in Russia [ Alexandra Elbakyan} has made more than 48 million journal articles -- almost every single peer-reviewed paper every published -- freely available online. And she's now refusing to shut the site down, despite a court injunction and a lawsuit from Elsevier, one of the world's biggest (more…)