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August 22, 2014

I Pub News: Article by Eugene Volokh. Author who won case establishing Sherlock Holmes as largely in the public domain gets $30K in fees from Conan Doyle estate.



By Eugene Volokh 

The Doyle estate’s business strategy is plain: charge a modest license fee for which there is no legal basis, in the hope that the “rational” writer or publisher asked for the fee will pay it rather than incur a greater cost, in legal expenses, in challenging the legality of the demand. The strategy had worked with Random House; Pegasus was ready to knuckle under; only Klinger (so far as we know) resisted. In effect he was a private attorney general, combating a disreputable business practice — a form of extortion — and he is seeking by the present motion not to obtain a reward but merely to avoid a loss. He has performed a public service — and with substantial risk to himself, for had he lost he would have been out of pocket for the $69,803.37 in fees and costs incurred at the trial and appellate levels ($30,679.93 + $39,123.44).



July 23, 2014

Review of Alphabet Wildlife A to Z by Nata Romeo, on THE BOOK REPORT!


Alphabet Wildlife A to Z 
by Nata Romeo
Reviewed by  J.D. Holiday

Children will enjoy the Alphabet Wildlife A to Z. Each letter is taught with Nata Romeo's unique and amazing style of artwork. The images
has a stunning effects in ink and pen, some in colored ink and others in black and white using shapes and various forms of line. Very creative.
It will appeal to new young readers on a few levels as they meet animals from around the world, viewing the book's fresh and innovative artwork, and learning at the same time. This book will surely do its job of introducing the alphabet and teaching them the letters needed to create words.
Alphabet Wildlife A to Z it is easy to follow and will be enjoyed by everyone.





That's my review of Alphabet Wildlife A to Z by Nata Romeoon THE BOOK REPORT!                                                          ~JD


Nata Romeo's site: www.nataromeo.com

June 13, 2014

For authors: from CRAIN's New York Business (Bloomberg:) Barnes & Noble to create Nook tablets with Samsung June 13, 2014

The new device will use Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 hardware to better compete against the Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle.  

(Bloomberg) -- Barnes & Noble Inc.'s Nook e-reader business, renewing efforts to challenge Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc., is teaming up with Samsung Electronics Co. to create co-branded tablet computers.
The new devices will combine the Nook software with Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 hardware, creating full-service tablets that can access Barnes & Noble's collection of more than 3 million books, magazines and newspapers, according to a statement today. The 7-inch model will debut in early August, followed by a 10-inch Galaxy Tab 4 model about two months later.
Barnes & Noble, a bookstore chain with almost 700 stores, has been scaling back its investments in the money-losing Nook unit after earlier tablet models flopped with consumers. The company, which has struggled to compete with Amazon's Kindle and Apple's iPad, hasn't released a new device since October. As part of today's agreement, Barnes & Noble will buy at least 1 million devices from Samsung within the first 12 months.
Samsung, based in Suwon, South Korea, is the world's largest maker of mobile devices that run Google Inc.'s Android software. The deal will bring world-class technology to Nook, Barnes & Noble Chief Executive Officer Michael Huseby said.
"Our job and focus is to be a content company, not a device manufacturer," he said in an interview. The partnership with Samsung "allows us to focus on what we're good at."

Read the whole article at: 

www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140605/MEDIA_ENTERTAINMENT/140609936/barnes-noble-to-create-nook-tablets-with-samsung

May 7, 2014

Painting called, Dangers of The Wilderness, New York, 1755 by JD Holiday

This painting will be with a short story for my book. It's called,Dangers of The Wilderness, New York, 1755. It's the last painting for the book.  It will be in black and white in the book.
~JD

April 17, 2014

From the short story: The Boy In The Leaves by J.D. Holiday

The Boy In The Leaves


from Short Stories and Other Imaginings for The Reading Spot


by J.D. Holiday


All Rights Reserved


Copyright 2014 by J.D. Holiday
The Boy  In The Leaves B&W FINISHEDFinal 3-25-13  JDHOLIDAY


A small boy laid there, motionless. Unlike the leaves around him he lay undisturbed by the wind gust.


Max stepped away. It was just a little kid. He looked asleep, his dark skinwas a shade of blue and purple, almost translucent. Thin parchment spanning a fragile frame.


The boy wore black jeans and an orange T-shirt with a ‘Save The Oceans’ logo across his chest. A crusted gash was on his forehead. Any time now he’d move, open his eyes and jump up, laughing.


“He’s dead,” Tony said again, this time contemptuously, his eyes wells of tears.


Max’s chest felt crushed like the time he’d fallen on his back from the school yardjungle gym and he couldn’t pull air in. He managed to say, “Maybe he’s not.”


Tony shook his head. “The little piss head. Dumb shit! He didn’t do whathe should have and now he’s dead. Stupid kid!”


Max stared at the kid. For a moment he sawTonylying in the boy’s place.Max choked. “He’s sick or something.” He hedged closer and squatted down, hesitantly touching the boy’s face. The skin was unusually cold, and the cheek dented in easily, like clay. Max jumped back falling on his backside.


“He’s dead. Can’t you see that cut on his head? They smashed him with something.Hard!” Richie loudly told him, his hands clutched at his side.


“No. Maybe it was an accident. Or a car hit him.”


“Grow up, Max. It happens,”Tony said softly now, grabbing Max’s sleeveand jerking him to his feet. “We have to tell.”


On his feet again, Max let Tony continue pulling him toward his own house. At the front door Tony using his key, lead Max inside.


They softly moved through the silent house to the kitchen in back, bright light from the many windows illuminating their way. Nothing was ever out of place there. Alwaysa bleachy smell in the air as if someone wiped off everything to disinfect and kill all the germs before they contaminated the inhabitants of the house. This house gave Max the creeps. There was something missing from it. What it was Max knew well, though things have changed since his stepfather now sucks it all up in their family. There was no love and what was there, felt like old toast taste; brittle, crackly and harsh. Most times Max could get Tony to come over to his house and hang out.When Max was here though, at Tony‘s, he felt it. Something always spooked him, only worse this time. Finding the boy did it, never having seen someone dead before.


He could almost see Tony getting beaten up here. Marus broke Tony‘s leg with thebaseball bat Tony usually kept leaning inside the garage door. Tony said he was batted to short stop, the patio doors calling him out. His parents told people he’d fallen from a backyard tree. Afterwards, Tony put the bat through the lattice work decorating the front porch, out of sight under the stairs so Maris couldn’t use it again.


Copyright by J.D. Holiday 2014

March 18, 2014

Old Movies: Across The Pacific - 1941

ACROSS THE PACIFIC stars Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, and Sydney Greenstreet. It was directed by John Huston and Vincent Sherman.

I had never seen this movie before even though I grew up with a mother who watched movies on TV every afternoon. Growing up I was not a Bogie (Bogart's nick name) fan. I found something else to do with my time if one of his movies was on the TV. However, over the years I have come to enjoy his work.
One night last week I saw Across The Pacific for the first time. Bogie never smiled so much than in this movie. I was surprised at how good he looked when he smiled naturally.
His name was Rick, like in Casablanca (made after this movie in 1942,) but he was not playing his usual tough guy, though his character was that too. In this role Bogie shows his wide range of talents.

Mary Astor is also much changed in Across The Pacific. Like-wise, Mary's role brings fun and shows more of her talent than I had seen in her movies. She and Bogie have a playful rapport in this World War II romantic comedy-drama about spies, the war to come, and ironical since this plot was written before the US war with Japan. The only problem I saw, though not a show stopper in the movie, was when Mary Astor's character happily runs into the hero's arm at the end when her beloved father has just been killed.
On a side note, the original story was written shortly before the attack on Pearl Harper where the plot line was to take place and the movie was to be filmed. They quickly moved the story line and shooting to Panama. The title remained the same even though they were not in the Pacific at all. I loved this movie!       
                                                                                        ~JD

February 21, 2014

Work in Process painting for Short Stories and other Imaginings for The Reading Spot


This is the painting I'm working on to go along with a short story I wrote called, Dangers of The Wilderness, New York, 1755.

In the foreground will be trees that the characters are looking through to the river ahead of them.
~JD

Some of the other works for this book can be seen at: http://bookgardennook.blogspot.com/p/janoose-fall-feather-fair-and-short.html

January 21, 2014

Aaron Shepard’s The 40% Error, What you need to know about working and PRINTING BOOKS with Ingram Spark

When I start to think about getting a book into print, Aaron Shepard is one, if not the top one! who's opinion I look at.
This month, Aaron Shepard's blog is about the changes in discount for authors/publishers that print or are thinking of printing with Ingram Spark and the difference between Spark and Lightning Source. If you publish your own books, meaning - working with the printer yourself - this article is for you.

Read Aaron Shepard's blog at:
http://www.newselfpublishing.com/blog/#IngramSpark5

January 12, 2014

This is a picture for my short story~ Where The Heart Is

This is the painting to go with  my short story, Where The Heart Is.



Another story for my next book: 
Short Stories and other Imaginings for the Reading Spot. 
It will be in black & White.