LONDON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Global recorded music sales fell
around 10 percent in 2009 and are down 30 percent since 2004 as
rampant illegal downloading eats into legitimate digital and
physical sales, the industry’s trade body said on Thursday.
The IFPI said in its annual report the industry had seen
positive developments in 2009, with more than a quarter of all
recorded music revenues now coming from digital sales after the
industry embraced new ways to sell tracks.
LONDON (Reuters) – The video games sector has yet to gain from a downturn where consumers stay home to play, but social games creator Playfish says the industry is just beginning a new growth spurt.
The company that invented Pet Society, Restaurant City and Who Has The Biggest Brain? — games played by tens of millions on sites such as Facebook and MySpace — believes the $50 billion industry has many more converts to win.
LONDON (Reuters) – On the verge of her 70th birthday, Canadian author Margaret Atwood is forging into new territory to promote her latest novel “The Year of the Flood.”
She is blogging, tweeting, peddling ringtones through the website yearoftheflood.com and will run a Youtube competition.
CHICAGO/LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – Deciphering William Shakespeare plays in school essays apparently was not enough for two university students who have written a book of Twitter entries that summarize and satirize works of literature.
“Twitterature: The World’s Greatest Books Retold Through Twitter,” which Penguin releases next month in the United Kingdom, is an irreverent, profane and sometimes brilliant collection of 20 comments on the ideas and themes in 60-some classics.