Whispers And Warnings For August 6th

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Links to the stories below can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9383

GIVE UP YOUR DOMAIN NAME, AND SHUT DOWN YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE
Amazon Flexes Muscle Against Blogger
“On Monday, Elias Saba, owner of the website FireTVNews.com received an email from the company asking him to turn over his domain name because it infringed on their trademark of the word ‘Fire,’ the go-to name for a number of Amazon’s devices.”

READERS ALREADY TIRING OF E-READERS. THIS IS NO SURPRISE. I GOT BORED WITH MY NOOK LONG AGO, AND ONCE AGAIN READ PRINT BOOKS ONLY. THIS IS ANOTHER REASON AUTHORS SHOULD NOT ABANDON PRINT PUBLISHING.
Read or dead: is this the end for the ereader?
Only “36% of adults own an ereader (half of them received it as a gift), but only 4% of people surveyed read solely on a digital device.”

ALWAYS READ THE FINE PRINT!
NY Inn Claims on Its Website to Fine Brides $500 for (each) Negative Online Reviews (posted by wedding guests)
“A small-town inn is catching big-time heat for its policy of fining brides and grooms for negative reviews their wedding guests post online.”

SEPARATE AND POSSIBLY SELL??? NOT A BAD PLAN.
Gannett to spin off publishing business
“Gannett, the owner of USA Today, said Tuesday that it will create two publicly traded companies next year as it moves to separate its broadcasting and digital businesses from its publishing division, a strategic move similarly adopted by competitors to shield more profitable business lines from the decline in print advertising.”

ONE-THIRD OF EBOOK SALES ON AMAZON ARE FOR SELF-PUBLISHED BOOKS. THAT’S NOT CHUMP CHANGE, FOLKS!
Surprising Self-Publishing Statistics
“The Author Earnings report takes its data from 7,000 top selling digital genre titles on Amazon’s category bestseller lists. It found…”

“YOU RUINED MY WEDDING – AND YOU’RE SUING ME?”
More dentists and wedding singers insist on non-disparagement clauses
“By signing on the dotted line, or agreeing to those endless terms of service, some customers are unwittingly giving away their right to free speech…”

FALSELY POSTING ABOUT INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES CAN BE VERY EXPENSIVE!
Damages awarded to Belfast man over false ad on gay website
“Mr. Swain was awarded a total of £20,000 (plus legal fees), including aggravated damages, to cover both his libel and harassment claims.”

Links to the stories above can be found here:
http://forums.writersweekly.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=9383

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