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Weekend Roundup: Digital rights protection and the future of writing

3 Reasons Why Facebook Can’t Replace Your Author Website [1] (Jane Friedman)Weekend Roundup [2]
I’ve occasionally been asked by authors at conferences: Why not just use Facebook? Isn’t that where everyone is spending their time already? Why would people visit my site? Why bother with all the effort of establishing a site, which, if it becomes dusty or out-of-date, could be more damaging than no website at all?
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Digital rights protection and the future of writing [3] (The Guardian)
SiDiM, an ingenious new rights protections system, may point the way to the experimental literature of the future. Germany’s FraunhoferInstitute recently revealed that it is working on a new digital rights management system, entitled SiDiM. DRM is what protects ebooks – and other digital products – from being shared against the wishes of their producers, an automated form of copyright enforcement.
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Why Big Publishers Think Genre Fiction Like Sci-Fi Is the Future of E-Books [4] (Wired)
In the last few months, Random House and HarperCollins launched their first digital-only imprints, and all of them focused on genre fiction. Random House announced the sci-fi/fantasy line Hydra, mystery line Alibi, “new adult”-targeted Flirt and romance-centric Loveswept, while Harper Collins created the digital mystery imprint Witness in April.
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6 Apps You Don’t Want to Miss [5] (Mashable)
It can be tough to keep up with all the new apps released every week. But you’re in luck — Mashable takes care of that for you, creating a roundup each weekend of our favorite new and updated apps.
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Kindle Daily Deals [6]: “The One I Left Behind” by Jennifer McMahon (and 3 others)

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#1 Comment By Chris Meadows On June 30, 2013 @ 11:17 am

You know, we’ve covered both the DRM and the genre stories in previous posts on the site, right? :)

#2 Comment By Dan Eldridge On June 30, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

Indeed, Chris! But I’ve always been of the mind that some things are worth mentioning more than once – especially when you consider that we have lots of readers, I would assume, who don’t read (or even notice) every single post we publish. But I do appreciate the heads-up regardless,