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Fiction Bundle joins the DRM-free pay-what-you-want e-book bundle crowd
November 30, 2013 | 9:54 am

Fullscreen capture 11302013 94959 AM.bmpThe Humble Indie Bundle has done a lot to put independent and even some big studio software titles on many people’s virtual gaming shelves, but I haven’t seen all that many game bundle sites spring up in imitation of it. I can recall maybe one or two, but not more than that. But once the idea jumped over to e-books, it seems as though you hear about a new e-book bundle every other month. Humble has done it not just once (raising a respectable $1.2 million!) but twice, Storybundle has done it a few times, and Snug Nugget, Tomely,...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 10: News, News, News
November 1, 2013 | 12:37 pm

DRM-FreeRead all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec *** It was a quiet October for me. It was a busy month for me at school (culminating in yesterday's Day of Frenzy, aka Halloween) and while I read a lot, I did not read many books. What happened? 1) I became a news junkie. With my go-to newspaper erecting a paywall last month, I went looking elsewhere for my daily news fix, and as a result added several new sites to my daily rounds....

GenCon 2013 Interview: Phil Reed, COO of Steve Jackson Games
October 6, 2013 | 5:00 pm

GEDC1300I last spoke to Phil Reed, COO of Steve Jackson Games, at GenCon in 2011. We discussed e23, Steve Jackson Games’s DRM-free PDF e-book store, which had expanded far beyond its original intended goals of just republishing out-of-print stuff to publishing in-print stuff at the same time as or even before it came out in print. I caught up with him again at GenCon 2013 for another brief interview. We touched on e23’s ongoing success, but Reed had more to say on the subject of Kickstarters—something that was on the minds of a number of other writers and industry...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 9: eZines!
October 6, 2013 | 10:55 am

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec *** I can't believe I am 9 months into my year of DRM-free reading! And to my delight, there has been no shortage of material, nor of sites to purchase it from. I am continually discovering new little niches of the internet from which to get content, and have been catching up this month on some of the zine-esque pay news stuff I have been hoarding. 1) Star Dispatches I mentioned in a previous article that I was thinking of dropping my subscription to the Star Dispatches ereads service. I love the concept---premium, in-depth news...

LA stops letting high schoolers take school-issued iPads home after they easily bypass Internet lockdown
September 26, 2013 | 9:17 pm

Turns out the problem with issuing iPads to high school students, as LA is doing in a $1 billion program for its public schools, is…they actually want to use them for stuff other than school work. So finds the LA Times, which notes that it only took about a week for students to figure out how to remove the school restrictions on the tablets so they could use them for things they wanted to do, such as social networking or streaming Pandora. As a result, the school has halted its tablet roll-out program, at least insofar as letting students...

Lego Mindstorms + Kindle + Laptop = E-book Scanner
September 7, 2013 | 6:47 pm

Fullscreen capture 972013 54201 PMPaging Rube Goldberg… Found via BoingBoing, Arik Hesseldahl has a report at AllThingsD about an Austrian university professor who has used a Lego Mindstorm kit to hack together an e-book de-DRM scanner out of his Kindle and his laptop. Professor Peter Pergathofer built a Lego device that keys the page down button on the Kindle, then the space bar on the computer, to take a picture of one Kindle page at a time. The computer then submits the picture to a text recognition service to OCR it into a text file. Pergathofer created the project to protest against...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 8: Bumper Crop of Reviewables
September 3, 2013 | 8:13 pm

DRM-FreeRead all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * August was a good month for DRM-free reading. I both read (and reviewed) books from three different sources: Amazon, Humble Bundle and Yesterday's Classics. The highlights: Amazon The final instalment of Hugh Howey's Silo Saga was out, and I reviewed it opening week. I liked it, for the most part. But I tend to like earlier series books better. By the time you get to the end, it feels a little too mechanical to me, with the author plotting like mad to tie up the loose ends and spending a bit less time on...

StoryBundle announces Young Adult Bundle
August 28, 2013 | 3:03 am

Feyland_-_The_Dark_Realm_Cover_FinalStoryBundle isn’t slowing down. It’s just announced a Young Adult bundle featuring five DRM-free multiple-format works from independent YA authors, plus two sequels to two of the five if you kick in at least $10. While I haven’t personally heard of any of the writers or stories involved, that might very well be part of the point—to get exposure for these writers. Most of the books seem to be part of series (one of them is an omnibus edition of the first three books of a five-part series), which means that if readers get hooked there could be more sales...

‘Undownloading’ — the New Geographical Restriction?
August 20, 2013 | 9:18 am

Google BooksFrom Techdirt comes this upsetting but not terribly surprising story about a Georgetown professor who downloaded a Google Books update while travelling, and then had it 'undownload' his books when it detected he was outside the USA. From the article: "What makes this tale particularly noteworthy is the way it brings together a host of really bad ideas that the publishing and distribution industries insist on deploying. There's DRM that means you can't make backups; there's the country-specific usage that tries to impose physical geography on your digital ebooks; and there's the update that spies on you and your system before deciding unilaterally...

Don’t talk about DRM?
August 17, 2013 | 1:04 am

Here’s an interesting opinion post on The Bookseller by Rebecca Smart, CEO of the Osprey Group. Smart holds that, while DRM is damaging to the relationship between consumers on the one side and authors and publishers on the other, continuing to paint it as the source of Amazon’s dominance and, hence, a threat to the industry is keeping publishers from putting attention on what they should be doing. Nobody cares about publishers or the publishing industry per se—readers care about finding consistently high-quality books to read, in whatever format they want them, via whatever retailer they...

Can e-books be made worthwhile for everyone?
August 10, 2013 | 12:05 pm

siloOn Studio Tendra, Baldur Bjarnason has been writing a series of posts on e-books relating to the missed opportunities that make e-books not as good as regular books. In his first two posts, about e-book silos (“silo” being the term for an ecosystem that locks the user in), he discusses the way that the current crop of one-size-fits-all ereader applications cater to the lowest common denominator but fall short where readers for special needs could help students, researchers, writers, comic book fans, and so forth. They also make it difficult to export notes and annotations made while reading the book...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 7: Humble Bundle and other subscription fun
August 1, 2013 | 12:25 pm

DRM-FreeRead all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * July was a busy reading month for me. Some of my reading time was sucked up by the textbook-free online course I was taking, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed learning without a book. All the readings could be conveniently clicked from within my Web browser, and from there, they could be not just read, but saved to Evernote for searching, annotating and organizing. Very useful! July also saw the release of a new e-book bundle from the folks at Humble Bundle. I love the concept of what...