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Amazon to purchase ComiXology e-comic-book store
April 10, 2014 | 6:24 pm

Looks like the Big Bad Amazon Wolf has just gulped down another hefty meal. Two weeks after rumors started going around (as noticed by Nate Hoffelder at the Digital Reader), Amazon has announced it will be acquiring ComiXology, the e-comic-book store that carries titles from Marvel, DC, Image, and a number of others. Although the various comic book publishers are trying to push their own stores, ComiXology has nonetheless become the best known source for e-books of popular comics. Now, like Audible and so many other brands, it is going to find a new home at Amazon. News is...

StoryBundle releases video game book bundle
April 2, 2014 | 7:47 pm

The Humble Indie Bundle started out selling video games, but branched out into e-books down the road. This makes it almost, but not quite, symmetrical that its competitor StoryBundle, who started with e-books all along, has now come out with a bundle of…e-books about video games. The base price for this bundle is $3, which gets you six DRM-free multiformat e-books, mostly non-fiction: How to Do Things With Videogames by Ian Bogost Atari Inc.: Business is Fun by Marty Goldberg and Curt Vendel SCROLL: Collection 01-11 by Ray Barnholt...

StoryBundle offers ‘Epic Fantasy Bundle’ with titles by Gaiman, Sanderson, Hickman, David, and more
March 6, 2014 | 5:09 am

The_Camelot_Papers_Cover_FinalThe other day, I mentioned the Humble Bundle’s plans to expand its e-book offerings. Today it turns out that the Humble Bundle’s closest competitor in the world of e-book bundles has just come out with another one itself. For the next three weeks, StoryBundle is offering its “Epic Fantasy” bundle on a semi-pay-what-you-want basis. The minimum payment is $3 for six DRM-free multiformat e-books, and if you pay at least $12 you get three more. The base-level donation books are The Sacrifice by Kristine Kathryn Rusch Spirit Walker by David Farland ...

DRM in your coffee? The infection spreads
March 4, 2014 | 9:15 am

drm in your coffeeHere's an interesting twist on the whole 'DRM is evil' debate: Keurig, makers of a popular coffee maker brand, is considering implementing DRM into its next model which will block users from purchasing refills from the secondary market. As this Techdirt article explains: "As with computer printers, getting the device in the home is simply a gateway to where the real money is: refills. But Keurig has faced the ‘problem’ in recent years of third-party pod refills that often retail for 5-25% less than what Keurig charges. " I'm not sure how effective this will be. The Beloved is more into the...

Humble Bundle plans to expand e-book, audiobook offerings
March 3, 2014 | 8:25 pm

humblelogoRemember the Humble E-Book Bundles? Humble’s done a couple of them (not counting the ones by other bundle sites) plus an audiobook bundle, and wants to do more. Calvin Reid has a great article at Publishers Weekly looking at the Humble Bundle e-book program in depth. It has some interesting facts. It turns out that the first two pay-what-you-want Humble E-Book Bundles were actually organized by Cory Doctorow. Not a big surprise given their DRM-free nature. The problem was that DRM-free nature meant Macmillan (whose Tor subsidiary had already gone DRM-free) was the only Big Five publisher willing to...

Adobe’s change of DRM could end old e-readers’ compatibility with e-book stores
February 3, 2014 | 5:27 pm

Here’s a story Nate covered over on The Digital Reader, that could be important in months to come. Adobe is changing up its DRM format, and as of July, will stop supporting the old format altogether. Any new EPUB e-books sold with Adobe DRM on them will be incompatible with older readers unless they have been upgraded. This really is a pretty big deal. Pretty much every e-reader sold besides Kindle and Nook used Adobe ADEPT e-book DRM. (And I seem to recall even Nook could support ADEPT DRM even though B&N used a slightly different DRM format for...

Library audiobooks to go DRM-free on Overdrive
January 24, 2014 | 12:19 pm

The mp3 audiobook market has been DRM-free for years, and at least part of the audiobook market is going to follow suit. OverDrive, the leading ebook and audiobook supplier for libraries and institutions, has announced that they're phasing out the WMA format audiobooks in favor of DRM-free mp3. Aside from minor vendors like Playaway, OverDrive effectively is the the library audiobook market so today's news is a big deal. Audiobooks in general, and Amazon/Audible in particular, are the last holdouts for DRM in audio. The mp3 music market is DRM-free, and there are even a couple audiobook retailers that have gone...

Surprise! Most consumers buy e-books from a single retailer
January 22, 2014 | 5:33 am

At Digital Book World, book industry research firm Codex Group has some news for you that will completely shock and surprise you: in a survey of just over 2,000 people who buy e-books, 86% buy them from only one retailer. Those who buy books from Amazon tend to keep buying them from Amazon, etc. Oh, wait. Maybe that won’t shock and surprise you after all. Maybe it’s completely what you expected given that most major e-book vendors have erected walled gardens around their content to keep you from taking it out to another garden. If you buy books from...

Hugh Howey’s prescription for fixing the Big Five: Become more like the indies
January 13, 2014 | 1:53 pm

hughhoweyHugh Howey, author of the Kindle Direct-published Wool SF series that was optioned by Ridley Scott, has a very interesting pair of blog posts on how he would “fix” the publishing industry, or at least one particular company in the publishing industry. As a thought experiment, he lays down what he would do in his first and second months if he were picked as HarperCollins’s new Chief Executive Officer. (He chose the publisher at random; it could as easily have been any of the others of the Big Five.) And while he does tend to overlook that these changes would...

Want to boost your sales 10%? Remove all DRM
December 17, 2013 | 1:15 pm

drmCoverage courtesy of Ron Miller in Computerworld has brought to light a research paper published last month which brings fresh data points to the anti-DRM debate. Put simply: All DRM does is kill your sales. That's all. It doesn't protect you against piracy; it doesn't preserve your revenues. The only thing it does is drive customers away. And if you want an easy sales hike - all you have to do is remove it. [caption id="attachment_103481" align="aligncenter" width="496"] Kevin Spacey gets it[/caption] The paper "Intellectual Property Strategy and the Long Tail: Evidence from the Recorded Music Industry," by Laurina Zhang, a PhD...

Fiction Bundle DRM-free pay-what-you-want bundle is live
December 12, 2013 | 3:28 pm

Fullscreen capture 12122013 31023 PM.bmpThe pay-what-you-want e-book site Fiction Bundle, which I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, has gone live with its inaugural “Chapter 1” bundle. All the titles are revealed. They are: The Godmakers by Frank Herbert Assemblers of Infinity by Kevin J. Anderson & Doug Beason The Golden Queen by David Farland Lights in the Deep by Brad R. Torgerson Bone Shop by Tim Pratt Dust and Kisses by Dean Wesley Smith $10-and-up Bonus: The Complete Stories of Tim...

My DRM-Free Year: Wrap-Up
December 11, 2013 | 7:26 pm

drm-free Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec *** Last year, I made a pledge: that, for 2013, I would put my money where my mouth was on the DRM issue and spend no money on books which were restricted with digital rights management. Why did I make this stand? I think that I had one too many books get lost to stores going out of business, to reader software dropping support for formats which once were commonplace but are no more, to spotty internet service which prevented me from 'validating' a book I had paid good money for and so...