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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...

What Are Your Book Dealbreakers?
July 31, 2013 | 8:49 am

book The always-fun folks at Book Riot have done another great poll—this time on book 'dealbreakers.' As the article explains: "Let’s say you’re reading a book. It’s pretty good. You’re basking in that glowy feeling that comes when you find something new to read that you think you might be able to love. Then something happens. It might happen all of a sudden or gradually, but at some point you realize that the book has done something you don’t like." They go on to list the top dealbreakers submitted by their poll respondents, which include casual treatment of sex and rape, stereotyped depcitions of...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 6: Short story binging
July 5, 2013 | 12:00 pm

DRM-FreeRead all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * Happy July, everyone! June was an exceptionally busy month for me, and I found myself doing a lot of reading in bits and pieces. It just seemed more satisfying to actually be able to finish something, even if it was only a short story snuck in on the iPhone during a bus ride home from work. I am 'off' for the summer now, but juggling two on-line courses and some other commitments. I do hope to have more reading time though! So, what did I read in June? 1. Delphi Classics I did some playing...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 3: Read an E-Book Week
March 28, 2013 | 11:02 am

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * For this third month of my DRM-free year, the big event was Read an E-Book Week. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed with the offerings. Most authors seemed to simply re-list whatever they had last year—some of these books didn't interest me then or now, and others I had already explored. A few others had impressed me in previous years and then had nothing new on offer. I have downloaded fewer and fewer books in each successive Read an E-Book Week year... Thank goodness for the message boards! A...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 2: All hail indie Amazon authors!
February 27, 2013 | 11:00 am

DRM-FreeRead all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * It's been a busy month for me, work-wise, so I haven't had that much reading time—I logged just five books this month, which is pathetic. But this doesn't reflect my daily reading. I have a few longer-term books I'm reading (a book of daily essays, some reference books) which should bump my total when they're done, but that won't be for some time. I also have a special reading project I'm working on, which I'll explain shortly. So ... how is my DRM-free year going? The Library I'm still reading from them! My...

Delphi Classics: An Update from the Owner
January 30, 2013 | 12:52 pm

I wrote earlier about the site issues facing Delphi Classics this week. I had some questions about some of the items in the email they sent to their customers yesterday, and Peter from Delphi Classics was kind enough to reply very promptly: "Thank you for your email. It has been a very difficult time for us here lately! Unfortunately, last Friday our webhost company deleted from their servers the entire files of several websites, including the Delphi Classics store. This was an error which we had no control over. We have managed to salvage web page information, eBook files and other...

Delphi Classics: Back in Business?
January 29, 2013 | 11:27 pm

Delphi Classics has been a favorite Web store of mine for over a year. In fact, I wrote about them as recently as this week, when I talked about my DRM-free January. And just as that story was going up, their site went down, due to a mysterious 'deletion' on their servers. I have been anxiously checking to see when it came back, and just a short while ago, I received the following email: Dear customer, We are writing to inform you of changes to our website. Unfortunately, last Friday our webhost company deleted from their servers the entire files of several...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 1: Library Books and Delphi Classics
January 28, 2013 | 10:30 am

DRMRead all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * At the end of 2012, I made a pledge to limit my e-book spending to only DRM-free e-books this year. I made this pledge for a number of reasons, the primary two being that firstly, since the whole rise/fall of agency pricing debacle, the books I want to read seem to be unreasonably expensive, and secondly, these very expensive books since to have an increasing quantity of typos and quality control issues, which makes the high price especially galling. I still am allowing myself to borrow books with DRM—I use my...

Review: Kobo Glo with SleepCover
November 19, 2012 | 6:26 pm

There's a new e-reader in the house! I had been eying the Kobo Glo with some envy ever since it came out. It seemed like Amazon's readers kept getting thicker and chunkier-looking, while Kobo's kept getting smaller and cuter and faster. The glow light was what really sold me, though. I read in bed a lot, and was growing weary of the tiny iPod Touch screen—I wanted to take a book with me again! And even with the light on, it was too dark to bring my reader into bed. We have one power outlet, and it's not on my...

Wanted: Publishers who won’t treat me like a criminal
November 16, 2012 | 6:00 pm

I'll be going mostly DRM-free next year. I've been thinking for awhile about this. I balked because I worried that books would simply not be available without DRM, and that I would be missing out on the good stuff just to make a point. But then I realized that it's been ages since I actually anticipated a book purchase. Sure, I would buy stuff when something interesting came my way and the price was right. But these were impulse buys. It wasn't like there were a ton of new releases I was counting down the days toward. And I realized, too, that...

My 5 Favorite Sources for DRM-Free E-Books, part 1 of 2
October 20, 2012 | 2:55 pm

Project GutenbergI love DRM-free books! I know that for most people, DRM is an issue they might not think about often; if their books work, they're happy. But for many more experienced e-book users, it's an issue to care about. If you acquire 100 Amazon e-books and then you buy a Kobo, how are you going to read those books? If you spend years as a loyal Sony customer and then buy a Kindle, what will you do with the books you've bought and loved? Unless you are blessed with some technical skills—and either a country whose laws permit format-shifting, or a...

Review: Masters of Art by Delphi Classics
June 1, 2012 | 2:24 am

LEONARDO I am in a book curmudgeon mood this year. It seems that whenever I check the new releases at the library, it's a glut of 400 books that all look the same to me, so I am finding myself drawn to the good old days---and by old, I mean classic! There is just so much great public domain stuff these days, and there is a growing niche of book packagers who are taking it and doing some cool things. The Masters of Art series by Delphi Classics is one such example. Each book in the series focuses on a famous artist....