Call comes after revelation that US has tried to force Twitter to release WikiLeaks members’ private details.
has demanded that Google and Facebook reveal the contents of any US subpoenas they may have received after it emerged that a court in Virginia had ordered Twitter to secretly hand over details of accounts on the micro-blogging
site by five figures associated with the group, including Julian Assange
'Free Julian Assange' protestors demonstrate in central London before the WikiLeaks founder's court hearing in December. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA
Amid strong evidence that a US grand jury has begun a wide-ranging trawl for details of what networks and accounts WikiLeaks used to communicate with Bradley Manning, the US serviceman accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of sensitive government cables, some of those named in the subpoena said they would fight disclosure….read more
Apple’s ‘Jesus tablet’ seemed to be the news industry’s best hope of salvation but few publishers are finding apps to be the moneyspinners they so desperately want.
Publishers are still searching for ways to make money from iPad apps. The Guardian's Eyewitness app, above, is free to download, thanks to sponsorship from Canon. Photograph: Alicia Canter for the Guardian
The news industry embraced the launch of Apple‘s iPad in April 2010 with something that felt like true love: feverish anticipation at that first meeting, lengthy sentimental eulogies and whispers of hope that this must finally be The One.
In an industry largely uninterested in gadgets, the iPad offered optimised reading and viewing, portability – and a built-in payment system wired to the credit cards of 280 million iTunes customers. Editorials began asking if the iPad might be the saviour of an industry in a seemingly terminal decline.
But less than a year on there are already signs that the romance is fading, along with those first flushes of novelty. The latest figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations in the US show average monthly downloads slumping by the end of 2010. Only two publishers were brave enough to share their figures….read more
Although Borders has been struggling financially for years, for the first time the book industry is openly, and in many cases actively, planning for what business will be like without the nation’s second largest bookstore chain. At last week’s meetings with publishers, some of which included Bennett LeBow, Borders chairman and largest shareholder, it was clear that while publishers want Borders to survive, there are limits on how much support the major houses are able to provide….read more
If 2010 was the year eBooks went mainstream, 2011 will be the year indie eBook authors go mainstream.
According to Smashwords founder Mark Coker, indie eBook authors are becoming more professional and sophisticated, and they’re starting to climb the best-seller charts without the assistance of a publisher. 2011 will be the first year traditional publishers feel the need to compete against the indie ebook alternative. Here are Coker’s predictions for the new year:…read more
Canongate has confirmed it will publish the memoir of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in April.
The publisher bought world rights, excluding North America, to the title from Caroline Michel at PFD. The deal is believed to be for $1.5m. Assange previously said he wrote the book to keep Wikileaks afloat…read more