Short Books

Best-selling author James Patterson has decided to try to reach people who have given up on reading by bringing out a series of short books — 150 pages or less — that will sell for under $5 and can be read in a single sitting. Patterson will write some of the planned two-titles-per-month series, which will be published by Little, Brown, co-author some, and select the authors of the others.

Authors Guild v. Google


Three authors, joined by the Authors Guild, have asked the Supreme court to overall a decision permitting Google Books to copy books under copyright and to provide access to “snippets.”  The authors claim that the project adds nothing new to the originals and therefore does nothing to reshape their character in a “transformative” use. The case is,  docket 15-849