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Mega Weekend Roundup: Why the future of books is safe; new Salinger books on the way; much more
August 25, 2013 | 11:01 am

booksNew biography claims new Salinger books due out (ABC News via AP) The authors of a new J.D. Salinger biography are claiming they have cracked one of publishing's greatest mysteries: What "The Catcher in the Rye" novelist was working on during the last half century of his life. * * * Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules for Writing (KSDK via Detroit Free Press) These are rules I've picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I'm writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what's taking place in the story. * * * Why it matters that you can't own an electronic...

Locus Awards 2013 Ballot Announced
May 9, 2013 | 4:54 pm

From Boing Boing comes news of this year's Locus nominees, shared there because one of its editors, Cory Doctorow, is nominated. I am not a huge SF reader, so most of these have stayed off my radar. But if you go for that stuff, enjoy this list of good books! SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL • The Hydrogen Sonata, Iain M. Banks (Orbit US; Orbit UK) • Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen) • Caliban’s War, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK) • 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK) • Redshirts, John Scalzi (Tor; Gollancz) FANTASY NOVEL • The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK) • The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan...

Updated: WH Smith adding DRM to Cory Doctorow books, and others’
March 20, 2013 | 10:28 am

WH Smith DRMCould there possibly be a modern author better known for his extremely anti-DRM stance than Cory Doctorow? Certainly not many, at any rate. But Kobo owners visiting the WH Smith e-retail store and attempting to buy Doctorow's books would be forgiven for thinking otherwise: They've all been saddled with digital rights management. (Scroll down for the incriminating screen shot.) The Bangkok-based author Simon Royle brought this truly odd turn of events to our attention this morning; if you happen to be a regular reading of the KBoards, you may have already seen the thread Royle created just after 7 a.m. this morning. "I was happy...

Class Action Lawsuit Against Amazon and Publishers Misses the Mark
February 21, 2013 | 12:52 pm

According to the Huffington Post, three independent bookstores are filing a class action suit against Amazon and the "Big Six" publishers. Alyson Decker of Blecher & Collins PC, lead counsel acting for the bookstores, described DRM as "a problem that affects many independent bookstores." She said the complaint is still in the process of being served to Amazon and the publishers, and declined to state how it came about, or whether other bookstores had been approached to be party to the suit. "We are seeking relief for independent brick-and-mortar bookstores so that they would be able to sell open-source and DRM-free books that...

Our upcoming TOC 2013 coverage
February 12, 2013 | 12:39 pm

Author Revolution Day O'Reilly's Tools of Change for Publishing 2013O'Reilly's annual Tools of Change for Publishing conference just got underway this morning at the New York Marriott Marquis in Manhattan. And while we unfortunately weren't able to make it New York for the event's first day, we will be on the scene, tweeting and reporting live, throughout days two and three. Today's big TOC draw, of course, is the (day-long) event being referred to as Author (R)evolution Day, which may very well end up being considered a revolutionary event in and of itself; the focus is on independent authors and the swiftly-growing self-publishing scene. As the TOC site describes it,...

Amazon’s zapping of customer’s Kindle library shows why we need library-provided ‘content lockers’ (Updated)
October 22, 2012 | 10:54 am

What if Amazon wiped out all your Kindle books and refused to let you open another account? I don’t know what if any sins a customer committed, but such an Orwellian scenario is said to have actually happened. No, I’m not just talking about the remote deletion of 1984, but rather the mysterious zapping of the customer’s entire Kindle library. The most likely scenario here, as guessed at by BoingBoing, is that the Norwegian customer simply lived outside of the territories for authorized purchases. While I love content providers—I’m one myself—Amazon’s latest action shows why the Digital Public Library of America or another nonprofit needs to get into...

Morning Roundup — Links To Start Your Day
September 24, 2012 | 8:52 am

Kobo Mini, Kobo Glo, Kobo E-ReadersChapters will Have the Kobo Mini & Glo September 30th (Good E-Reader) >>> Nintendo 3DS to get Bookstore in Japan (The Digital Reader) How Indie Bookstores Failed to Recognize the Buying Power of the Mass-Market Reader (Dear Author) Going Blind? DRM will Dim Your World (Boing Boing) ♦ Kindle Daily Deal: Bewitching by Jill Barnett (and) Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine...

Harvard Business Review Press Joins the DRM-Free Crowd
September 15, 2012 | 5:44 pm

When the O'Reilly and TOR publishing companies announced their now-historic decisions to drop all DRM from their respective e-books, it's probably fair to say that the digital reading community felt nearly as vindicated as it did relieved, and elated. But for the most part, O'Reilly and TOR both serve reading demographics that are especially tech-savvy--the types of readers, in other words, who tend to have the strongest opinions about the uselessness and frustrations of DRM. In a sense, it probably would have been even more surprising if they hadn't eventually changed their DRM policies. At the end of August, though, Harvard Business Review Press opened its own e-book store, and proudly...

Public.Resource.Org challenges payment-required laws
March 21, 2012 | 1:20 am

Public.Resource.Org archivist Carl Malamud has a guest post on BoingBoing talking about a use case for e-books if ever there was one. However, for this project he is actually starting out with paper—thirty pounds of it. Malamud writes about the peculiar phenomenon of secret, payment-required laws that are on the books all over the United States. The laws begin as privately-produced technical public safety standards. They are then incorporated into federal law because it’s more convenient to do so than to come up with something that comprehensive all over again. However, the companies that produce the standards...

Lessons from 10 years of Pepys’ diaries online
April 14, 2011 | 9:25 am

  For ten years, Phil Gyford has been republishing Samuel Pepys's diaries online in one-entry-per-day chunks. On the way, he and a growing community of readers, historians, literary scholars and enthusiasts have annotated Pepys's legendary accounts of life in 17th century London. In this presentation, Phil walks us through the most surprising and interesting moments in his decade of Pepysianism, from random Twitterers who've taken on the personae of other characters in Pepys's saga to Google mashups of Pepys's London. I saw him present this earlier this year at The Story in London and...

Make Magazine now available in DRM-free PDF
November 14, 2010 | 11:44 pm

makezineMark Frauenfelder, editor in chief of MAKE Magazine, has posted at BoingBoing that all back-issues of MAKE are now available for purchase in DRM-free PDF format. The price is $9.99 per issue, or all 24 standard plus 2 special issues thus far for $199.99. This is $5 less per issue than the paper copies, though a number of BoingBoing commenters still feel it is too expensive. Going forward, MAKE also offers digital-only subscriptions for $9.99 per year (4 issues), or print plus digital for $34.95....

Portable lighthouse keeper libraries
October 5, 2010 | 12:35 pm

sLHLibrarybox2.jpg From BoingBoing: Here's a beautiful display of the portable libraries that were once supplied to Michigan's lighthouse keepers; click through for a partial bibliography of titles, including "MY APINGI KINGDOM: WITH LIFE IN THE GREAT SAHARA, AND SKETCHES OF THE CHASE OF THE OSTRICH, HYENA." "In 1876 portable libraries were first introduced in the Light-House Establishment and furnished to all light vessels and inaccessible offshore light stations with a selection of reading materials. These libraries were contained in a portable wooden case, each with a printed listing of the contents posted inside the door. Proper arrangements were made...