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E-Book Pricing – Apple, Amazon, the Courts, and You

E-Book Pricing: Apple, Amazon, and the Courts

E-Book Pricing: Apple, Amazon, the Courts, and You

 July 1, 2015 New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday

E-Book publishers have not developed any new technology, in a long, long time, “E- BOOKS – IS THE E-BOOK DEAD, OR JUST ASLEEP?” Instead they are still mired in disputes about pricing, and Price Fixing. Here’s the latest.

Court Ruling: Apple Conspired with e-book Publishers

7/30/15 From: CNET by Shara Tibken contributed to this report.

“The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a 2-1 vote on Tuesday that Apple conspired with five major book publishers to fix pricing on e-books to establish itself in the space and damage Amazon’s standing in the marketplace.Reuters was among the first to report the news, earlier Tuesday. The judges said Apple violated antitrust law by working with the book publishers to set new pricing terms. The loss means Apple must now pay $450 million as part of an earlier settlement agreement: $400 million to consumers and $50 million in attorneys’ fees to plaintiffs’ counsel. Apple was quick to criticize the ruling.”

The e-book Market

“The e-book market has ushered in a new yet controversial era in the world of book publishing. Publishers were initially suspect of delivering digital books to e-readers, like Amazon’s Kindle, for fear of e-book sales cutting into profits on traditional printed books. The Apple case also illustrated their concern with e-book pricing models.”

“Over the last few years, however, publishers — happily or not — have embraced e-bookstores, including Apple’s iBookstore and Amazon’s Kindle marketplace. Apple’s store currently has over 2.5 million e-books available, while Amazon’s store has more than 3 million.”

The “Agency Model” Pricing

“The new ruling is the latest in a string of setbacks over the past several years as Apple has tried unsuccessfully to argue that it did not act inappropriately by partnering with book publishers through its iBooks e-book platform.”

“In an attempt to improve its position in the e-books market with its own iBooks in 2010, Apple offered a contract that allowed publishers to determine the price of e-books. The pricing system, called the “agency model,” meant prices would go up and publishers would in turn make more from the sale of each title.”

“Amazon, its top competitor at the time, was using a traditional pricing model that allowed the e-retail giant to offer a sales price on e-books. While the revenue was lower per sale, Amazon argued that it followed traditional pricing on regular books, which gave retailers latitude to offer pricing on their own terms to follow demand.”

Price Fixing Law Suits

“Apple and major book publishers were rolled into lawsuits across the US, including one from the US Department of Justice, filed in 2012. The European Union also launched an investigation into the matter, arguing that the agency model could be in violation of competition law. But the EU promptly closed its inquiry after the parties settled.”

In a series of statements and e-mails revealed during the DOJ case, Apple co-founder and then-CEO Steve Jobs told one publisher in 2010 that the publisher could benefit by joining Apple to ‘see if we can all make a go of this to create a real mainstream e-books market at $12.99 and $14.99.’ At the time, Amazon had kept most e-book prices to $9.99.”

As the lengthy investigation wore on, the major book publishers accused of collusion with Apple in the DOJ case settled out of court for their alleged involvement in the agency model pricing. Apple continued to argue that it was innocent, but last year it agreed to a settlement with the Justice Department after a federal judge ruled, in 2013, that the company had violated antitrust laws.

Amazon Pricing Under Investigation by the EU

“Amazon is now in its own legal trouble over e-books. Earlier this month, the EU’s competition watchdog, the European Commission, launched a formal investigation into Amazon’s deals with e-book publishers. The European Commission said it’s particularly interested in determining whether Amazon’s contracts with the publishers violate competition rules by requiring the e-book publishers to disclose to Amazon more favorable terms in deals they may have signed with competitors, like Apple.”

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June 24, 2015 – New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday

Juilliard Open Studios App

This blog is devoted to the Book and Fine Art in the New Media,institutions which use New Media to fufill the mission of making Art available to everyone- everywhere. On May 28, 2015, The Juilliard School announced the release of the free App,  Juilliard Open Studios. As stated in the Juilliard Digital website, “Juilliard Digital products offer everyone—from beginners to connoisseurs—new opportunities to learn about and find inspiration in timeless works of art.” 

Fine Art in the New Media

The App is a cool blend of innovative New Media technology, and a number of interactive features (described below) which brings you right into the studio. The app is free, as is the first episode. Additional episodes are by subscription ($7.99/mo), supporting The Juilliard School’s educational mission, including scholarships and outreach programs.

“Juilliard Open Studios is an App for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch that provides behind-the-scenes looks at Juilliard’s educational process. The app offers an insider’s view of classes, rehearsals, coachings, and productions in development.

The app uses innovative technology to connect users, whether novices or connoisseurs, to an entertaining collection of dance, drama, and music episodes.  Juilliard Open Studios is available in the App Store worldwide in English and Chinese (traditional and simplified).”

Interactive Features

“The app’s interactive features, which include layer-in-layer video, circle insights, voice-over commentary, interviews, and scrolling dance guides, scripts, and scores, allow users to direct their own experience and view content from different perspectives. The app is free to download and will launch with seven episodes.”

App and First Episode Free*

“Each user can access one episode for free; the complete, growing library of content can be accessed with a monthly subscription ($7.99 per month). By subscribing, users will be supporting all aspects of Juilliard’s educational mission, including scholarships and outreach programs.”

Free Episode Trailers

While the App is subscription based, you can view trailers (approximately 6 minutes each) from the First Episode free at  http://digital. Juilliard.edu/open-studios. Below is one titled “First Movement,” performed by Adria Ye  with commentary by world renowned piano pedagogue Veda Kaplinsky.

Juilliard Faculty Members

“In the first year, episodes in the Juilliard Open Studios app will feature renowned Juilliard faculty members and alumni such as Emanuel Ax, Terese Capucilli, Wynton Marsalis, and Stephen Wadsworth, as well as guest artists including dancers Marcelo Gomes and Luciana Paris, trumpeter Jon Faddis, choreographer Larry Keigwin, and playwright Tony Kushner. “

Special Features

“Juilliard Digital will release a second app in late June: a single-download deep-dive into Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” quartet with the Juilliard String Quartet. This app will give users access to in-depth commentary, historical context, HD video of complete performances, and special features including the ability to highlight individual instruments, a scrolling score, and an innovative visualization of the music called the BeatMap.”

App Developers

Juilliard Opens Studios has been developed by Juilliard Digital – part of The Juilliard School – and Touchpress, a pioneering app developer and the creator of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, The Elements, and Liszt Sonata in B Minor, among other apps.

*Scholarship Program for the App Episodes?

As mentioned above, The app is free to download and will launch with seven episodes. Each user can access one episode for free. However, it is hoped that the Juilliard will introduce a “Scholarship Program” whereby those who cannot afford the $7.99 monthly subscription can access them for free. Perhaps Juilliard Digital and Touchpress are already working on such a Program?

Source: The Juilliard School

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Art Basel in Basel 2015 “Unlimited” (VIDEO)- Fine Art in the New Media

Art Basel in Basel 2015-  Unlimited

The Unlimited sector of the international art fair Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland, presents large scale installations, paintings and sculptures, performances and videos in Hall 1 of Messe Basel. This video provides you with a first look at the exhibition, which is always one of the highlights of Art Basel.


Art Basel

“Art Basel stages art shows for Modern and contemporary works of the highest quality, sited annually in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong.Each show has participating galleries, exhibition sectors, artworks and parallel programming produced in collaboration with the host city’s local institutions.

Art Basel provides a platform for galleries, giving them access to an international audience of collectors, museum directors and curators. The shows attract people with an appreciation of modern and contemporary art who experience Art Basel as a cultural event.”

Fine Art in the New Media- Vernissange TV

By the use of You Tube (now, an old New Media tool), Huff Post and Vernissange TV have made it possible to see high quality videos of major art fairs, wherever they may be held. This, in itself is a major project in the creative use the tools of the New Media to make Art accessible to anyone in the world.

Moreover, the quality of the Vernissange TV videos are a an exceptional primer on the use of video to produce an art experience as if one were there. Notice the cleanness of the video, framing, editing, outstanding shots of the Art, and the simple ambient sound,  producing an effect almost as if you were one of the people in the video viewing there at the Fair.  Notice also, that the focus is on the Art itself, with no distracting talking heads or text.

VernissageTV (VTV) is the Internet’s unique TV art project, which covers exhibitions and events in the fields of contemporary art, design and architecture. It produces films and videos for our web series, as well as for museums, galleries, art spaces, art fairs, and art publications.” Vernissange TV is now in its 20th Season, and its archives contain some 240 pages of art, shows, fairs, and interviews going back to September 2005. Talk about an Art binge!

Art Basel in Basel

Art Basel in Basel, which began in 1970, takes place in June and marks the summer reunion of the international art world, hosted by the Swiss city of Basel, which has been a cultural capital for centuries. In 2014, the show featured more than three hundred galleries from thirty-six countries, attracting more than ninety-two thousand artists, collectors, gallerists, museum directors, curators, and art enthusiasts.

More details about Art Basel

“The show is divided into eight sectors:

Galleries: The anchor of Art Basel is its Galleries sector, over 230 of the world’s leading galleries of Modern and contemporary art show 20th – 21st century artworks. Visitors are presented a breadth of works including paintings, drawings, sculpture, installations, prints, photography, video and digital art by more than 4,000 artists.

Feature: The Feature sector emphasizes precisely curated projects that may include solo presentations by an individual artist, or juxtapositions and thematic exhibits from artists representing a range of cultures, generations, and artistic approaches.

Statements: In this sector, Art Basel presents exciting new solo projects by young, emerging artists.

Edition: Leading publishers of editioned works, prints, and multiples exhibit the results of their collaboration with renowned artists.

Unlimited: Unlimited is Art Basel’s pioneering exhibition platform for projects that transcend the limitations of a classical art-show stand. It was launched in 2000 under the direction of Samuel Keller with Simon Lamunière as curator until 2011. The innovative work includes out-sized sculpture and paintings, video projections, large-scale installations, and live performances. Since 2012, Unlimited is curated by New York-based curator Gianni Jetzer.

Parcours: Parcours engages the city’s historical quarters with site-specific sculptures, interventions, and performances by renowned international artists and emerging talents. Parcours is curated by Florence Derieux and is open to the public.

Film: Art Basel’s week long program of films by and about artists is curated by Berlin film scholar Maxa Zoller and Zurich collector This Brunner.

Magazines: Art publications from around the world display their magazines in single-magazine stands or the collective booth.

Outside the exhibition halls, the city of Basel’s cultural institutions – including Fondation Beyeler, Kunstmuseum Basel, Kunsthalle Basel, Tinguely Museum, and Kunsthaus Baselland – offer museum exhibitions.” (Source: Wikipedia.)

H/T Huff Post

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Do I Have to go to London? Photographer of the Stars – British Photographer David Farrell (1919- 2013)

David Farrell, The Beatles, c.1962. © David Farrell, courtesy of Osborne Samuel.

David Farrell, The Beatles, c.1962. © David Farrell, courtesy of Osborne Samuel

50 Photographs in London

How can you see 50 photographs at a gallery in London? In the day, the only way to see an exhibition, say, of 50 photographs by the celebrated British Photographer, David Farrell, was to go there. Thus, only a few number of people would have access to these works. This produced a sense of exclusiveness, but also, a sense of exclusion.

How to Counter the Sense of Exclusion in Art?

It may seem like a simple thing now, using the internet to make Art accessible to everyone. But, it is only a recent phenomenon by some of the world’s most famous museums, and Google Art. But, gallery exhibitions remained exclusive. Now, though many leading galleries now leave their exhibitions up online beyond an exhibition’s closing. All this is done technically by virtue of tools of the New Media.

However, the commitment to make Art accessible to anyone in the world is a conscious cultural decision which has opened the doors of the art world, so that works can be viewed anytime by anyone. Thus, it was a conscious decision to remove the barriers that prevented most people from viewing most of the world’s Art. The idea of inclusiveness, not exclusiveness transformed who could see the world’s Art. The London gallery, Osborne Samuel has done this with some of the most iconic images of photographer David Farrell.

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Celebrated British photographer David Farrell (1919-2013), [is] internationally renowned for his iconic images of many of the greatest musicians, actors, authors, dancers and artists of the 20th century. The exhibition, which will be the first survey of Farrell’s work since his death earlier last year, will showcase images of many of his most famous sitters, from Louis Armstrong to Laurence Olivier, Margot Fonteyn and the Rolling Stones.

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

Through commissions from London Weekend Television and Thames TV, Farrell went on to photograph most of the pop stars of the period, including early performances by the Beatles, Cilla Black and Tom Jones. In the 1960s and 1970s he turned to theatre and film with an invitation to photograph the production of Peter Hall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968) starring Diana Rigg and Helen Mirren, and over subsequent years he worked on more than 100 films and TV dramas alongside directors including Michael Winner. and Ken Loach.

Judi Dench as Titania in Peter Hall’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1968.

Judi Dench as Titania in Peter Hall’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1968.

Fine Art in the New Media

OSBORNE SAMUEL GALLERY is one of London’s leading gallery in London. The gallery specialises in Modern British Painting and Sculpture. It has 50 images of the work of David Farell on its website available to all.

Upon his death aged 93, Farrell left an extensive archive of images which together form a fascinating “hall of fame” of the 20th century’s best-known stars of stage, screen and soundtrack.

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This Summer Go to Vassar’s eMuseum

Pablo Picasso, Woman and Dog

Pablo Picasso, Woman and Dog

New Post Goes Up Every Wednesday

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center announces a new online searchable database of all 19,000+ objects in the collection, making the museum’s holdings available for viewing at any time.


“Vassar College has been collecting works of art for over one hundred and fifty years, formerly as the Vassar College Art Gallery and since 1993 as the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. The founding collection numbered over 3,000 paintings (mostly American) and works on paper (mostly European). It has since grown to over 19,000 works of art spanning all chronological periods and many cultures.

Accessible Art

This blog is dedicated to “Fine Art in the New Media,” and explores ways in which New Media tools have been used to make Art accessible to anyone in the world. We have written a number of posts on how museums have adopted the New Media technology to the purpose of making art accessible. These prior posts included the Van Gogh Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, both the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay ArtTube, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia., and the Cleveland Museum.The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center has joined this list by its recently launched  e-museum website, emuseum.vassar.edu.

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“The database allows users to explore the entire collection through searches by keyword, artist’s name, accession number, or a variety of other search criteria. With eMuseum, users can search for works that are in storage as well as works currently on view in the galleries. Along with essential details about each object such as title, artist, date, medium, dimensions, and artist’s life dates, users can find information about how each object entered the collection, its exhibition history, and its publication history.”

Clicking on any of the categories will take you to the “Highlights” of that category. For instance, this is a Highlights page from the International Modern category:

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From there you can click on an individual image for a larger view with accompanying data and a zoom feature:

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My Collection

“One of the most enticing features of eMuseum is “My Collections,” which allows users to select and save works of art from the Art Center collection into thematically organized folders or “packets.” Users can create as many different collections as they like and update them at any time.”

Clean and Simple User Interface

The UI of the site is easy to use, allows the visitor a complete range of choices and customizations, and concentrates on the visual of the Art with a minimum of “wall text,” limited to the essential information which does not overpower the work. Excellent site, again showing that creative use of the New Media to make Art accessible does not mean “bells and whistles. “

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A night at the British Museum: after-hours with Dan Snow at ‘Defining Beauty’

BRITISH MUSEUM disco_944Marble statue of discus-thrower by Myron. Roman copy of a bronze Greek original of the 5th century BC.

From The British Museum Press Release,

 “At 6.30pm on Thursday 28 May, the British Museum will present a live 30 minute broadcast from its current blockbuster exhibition, Defining beauty: the body in ancient Greek art, sponsored by Julius Baer. This unique broadcast will be live-streamed using the hugely popular Periscope app to share the secrets of these remarkable works of Ancient Greek art.”


“For over two thousand years the Greeks experimented with representing the human body. From the prehistoric simplicity of Cycladic figurines to the realism of the Hellenistic age, Greek craftsmen gave form to thought in a rich harvest of artworks through which the human condition was explored and interpreted.

This exhibition examines Greek interest in human character as well as sexual and social identity. In athletics, the male body was displayed as if it were a living sculpture, and victors were commemorated by actual statues. In art, not only were mortal men and women represented, but also the gods and other beings of myth and the supernatural world. They were either conceived in the image of humankind or in monstrous combinations of human and animal form.”


This blog is dedicated to the use of the New Media technology to makeArt accessible. The British Museum’s Live Tour represents a unique use of the New Media tools and technology to fulfill its mission to make Art accessible to anyone in the world.

“Periscope enables users to stream live whatever is visible to their smartphone or tablet camera and anyone watching can leave comments or share the link to the video via their Twitter account.

Chris Michaels, Head of Digital & Publishing at the British Museum said, “As a museum of the world for the world, we are always looking to experiment with new ways to share our exhibitions with the world, both the huge audiences who do visit us, and the audiences that cannot. Mobile technology and social media offer incredible ways to do that, and Periscope is a brilliant new innovation. The immediacy and intimacy of this way of broadcasting can help bring the wonder of Greek sculpture to a new audience.” Dan Snow said, “The British Museum is placing itself at the cutting-edge of new technology by using Periscope to broadcast live to a potential reach of millions.”


You can download the Periscope app for iOS: Download the iOS App, and for Android: Download the Android App. As Periscope explains,

Just over a year ago, we became fascinated by the idea of discovering the world through someone else’s eyes. It may sound crazy, but we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation. While there are many ways to discover events and places, we realized there is no better way to experience a place right now than through live video. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around.”


“The live link will be shared from the BM’s Twitter feed (@britishmuseum #DefiningBeauty), along with a series of exclusive content.

The broadcast can be watched live within the Periscope app, and a replay version will be available on the app for 24 hours afterwards.

A recording will be available to view the next day on the British Museum’s Facebook page and Youtube channel, as well the British Museum’s webpage.

The broadcast can also be watched live on desktop computers but will no longer be viewable on this site once the broadcast ends.”


The Museum’s website also has spectacular pictures of some Highlights from the Exhibition.

H/T ArtDaily




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Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971 at The Museum of Modern Art

May 20, 2015. New Post goes Up Every Wednesday


Yoko Ono with Standing Woman (1932) by Gaston Lachaise, The Museum of Modern Art Sculpture Garden, New York. c. 1960–61. Photograph by Minoru Niizuma © Minoru Niizuma/Courtesy Lenono Photo Archive, New York.

Yoko Ono with Standing Woman (1932) by Gaston Lachaise, The Museum of Modern Art Sculpture Garden, New York. c. 1960–61. Photograph by Minoru Niizuma © Minoru Niizuma/Courtesy Lenono Photo Archive, New York.


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