Champion of freelancers, Heather Robertson, dies at age 72

Canadian journalist Heather Robertson passed away this week at the age of 72. Robertson co-founded both the Writers’ Union of Canada and the Professional Writers Association of Canada. She was a best-selling and award-winning author who championed the rights of freelancers in the digital age. Robertson’s 1995 class-action lawsuit against the Globe and Mail claimed [...]

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The E-Book Show Down: Part Three

E-books are emerging as the latest battleground between writers and print publishers seeking to monetize online content. In this “reset” moment, writers need to be sure they set a fair precedent early on. Read Part One and Part Two of this three-part series.    By Derek Finkle   The Walrus In late October, The Walrus approached [...]

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The E-Book Show Down: Part Two

E-books are emerging as the latest battleground between writers and print publishers seeking to monetize online content. In this “reset” moment, writers need to be sure they set a fair precedent early on. Read Part One of this three-part series here.    By Derek Finkle   Toronto Life By early 2012, we had three writers [...]

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The E-Book Show Down: Part One

E-books are emerging as the latest battleground between writers and print publishers seeking to monetize online content. In this “reset” moment, writers need to be sure they set a fair precedent early on.   By Derek Finkle October 2010 was a watershed month for e-books. That’s when Amazon announced that Kindle e-books had outsold hardcover [...]

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Canadian Writers Group launches ebook venture with Russell Smith’s Blindsided

In May last year, the Canadian Writers Group’s Derek Finkle was talking about the need for a long-form journalism platform in Canada similar to sites like Byliner and The Atavist operating in the U.S. This week, CWG launched a series of non-fiction ebooks with novelist and Globe columnist Russell Smith’s Blindsided, a story of about [...]

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Magazines get in the digital long-form game

In a story for the New York Observer, Emily Witt shares journalist David Dobbs’ digital long-form success story. Working with The Atavist, his long-form piece about his mother’s affair with a flight surgeon during the Second World War sold a “healthy five-figure” number of copies through Kindle Singles. As Dobbs received a dollar for every [...]

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Freelance class action cheques hit the mail – should we be celebrating?

Freelancers are finally seeing some cash from the Robertson copyright infringement case, but should they be celebrating?

Posted on March 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm by editor · One Comment · Tagged with: , , , , ,