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Voice Dream text-to-speech reader to appear for Android in August
June 11, 2015 | 1:32 pm

ipad_middleI’ve praised the Voice Dream e-reader as a stellar way to enjoy text to speech of files in ePub, HTML, plain text, Word and other formats. Other apps offer TTS. But Voice Dream Reader also comes with wonderful navigational and annotative capabilities as well as a rich assortment of voices. It’s integrated with DropBox, Google Drive and EverNotes, and you can even download to it directly from Project Gutenberg Now---some great news: Voice Dream Reader for Android will enter Beta in a few days and should be in the Apple Store at the start of August....

Tor looks back on two DRM-free years, launches new Tor.com novella imprint
May 28, 2014 | 5:14 pm

Tor has posted an interesting article on Tor.com covering Tor Books president and publisher Tom Doherty’s presentation at BEA today. First of all, he discussed the aftereffects of removing DRM from Tor books. He said much the same thing Tor said at the one-year-mark. Citing Baen’s example, he noted that “...the lack of DRM in Tor ebooks has not increased the amount of Tor books available online illegally, nor has it visibly hurt sales.” DRM, Doherty held, was a disruptive barrier that got in the way of readers, writers, and communities making connections. Getting rid of it has...

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...

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...

From Tomely, a DRM-Free E-Book Bundle Featuring Startups and Geekdom
July 25, 2013 | 4:00 pm

Tomely From BoingBoing comes this tip, about another DRM-free e-book bundle available now from a site called Tomely. I've never heard of these guys before, but it looks like a self-publishing site where you can upload an EPUB file and they'll concert it to Mobi and do some other setting-up. They take 20 percent for their pains, and you keep the rest. As for the bundle, they're calling it "The Zeitgeisty Bundle," and promising books about "startups, geekdom, and the strange side of the Internet." The included books are: • These Days by Jack Cheng • So Say the Waiters (episodes 1-5) by Justin Sirois • Annabel Scheme by Robin...

Online Learning with The University of Western Ontario, Part 2: Navigating Content
July 17, 2013 | 10:32 am

Click here to Part 1 of this series. This week saw Module 2 of my online course rule my life. I had plans this summer to get out more, to explore the city, to take my iPad with me and work as roving correspondent/student/writer/whatever, in all the hot spots. That will have to wait until August, when my course is done! The difficulty is two-fold: Tech limitations constrain where I can go, and course requirements constrain how much time I have free to go there. I will elaborate on each of these points in more detail. 1. Technical Issues The good news is, I...

Did DRM Hand Amazon Their Monopoly?
July 11, 2013 | 2:33 pm

AmazonGigaOM's Matthew Ingram has a thoughtful piece on the recent Apple decision, where he posits that publishers got themselves into their "versus Amazon" position not because of pricing, but because of their insistence on selling books with DRM. What's the connection? Well, DRM is a lock; we all agree on that. And who has the power whenever there is a lock? Whoever has the key! As soon as someone invests in one Kindle book, they are locked into that system forever (unless they are techy enough to know otherwise), and every book Amazon sells them only cements that monopoly. DRM locks, as...

Online Learning with The University of Western Ontario, Part 1: The Course Begins!
July 5, 2013 | 3:53 pm

online learningI'm taking an online course this summer through the University of Western Ontario. It's called an AQ, which stands for additional qualification, and is part of a modular system of credits one can add to a teacher's certification to expand their areas of expertise. This is part three of three, and will give me a specialist designation in teaching French as a Second Language. This isn't one of those MOOC classes—we had to prove eligibility for the course (by taking the part one and part two modules previously—and passing a test or interview to qualify for those) and we get an...

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...

Digital comics news: Comixology adds subscriptions and bundles; Image goes DRM-free
July 2, 2013 | 8:35 pm

image-comics-logoYesterday, Gizmodo reported that Comixology, the mobile/web app that Marvel, DC, Image, and other comic publishers use to sell their comics, added options for subscriptions and bundle packages. The subscriptions don’t come at a discount—they’re essentially just a commitment to buy each new issue as it becomes available. The bundles seem to be the digital equivalent of graphic novel collections, and do include a discount. In addition to the new buying options, Comixology added a fit-to-width comic viewing option for its iPhone and iPad apps, and a two-page view option for the iPad. But by far the more interesting story came out...

Weekend Roundup: Digital rights protection and the future of writing
June 30, 2013 | 10:52 am

Weekend Roundup3 Reasons Why Facebook Can't Replace Your Author Website (Jane Friedman) 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? * * * Digital rights protection and the future of writing (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...

DRM and the Mom Generation
June 10, 2013 | 8:46 pm

DRMAfter three years of uneventful Kobo ownership, I have finally had to sit down with my mom and explain DRM to her. This is something she's never had to worry about before because I've always gotten her books for her; the Kobo she has was initially my Kobo, and remains registered to my account. Whenever she's wanted books, I've gotten them for her. So, over the weekend, she told me there was a new book she wanted, a memoir self-published by a friend of hers. "Only one tiny problem," she sheepishly admitted. "It's only on the Kindle store. Is that going to...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 5: Summer Stockpiling
May 31, 2013 | 10:00 am

Read 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—school is winding down, so I had class plays, field trips, report cards and other wrap-ups to do. I haven't read much, but I have been stockpiling for the summer, when I'll have some time off. I seem to be in a series mood these days... 1. Blake Crouch | I picked up a few Blake Crouch books on sale. I found him through Konrath, and liked the first one I read. I had a chance to snatch up some others, and did so. 2. Diane Duane...

The Raynfall Agency misses the point in its article on e-book piracy
May 21, 2013 | 2:09 pm

piracyClaire Ryan of The Raynfall Agency posted a pretty good article today on piracy; it includes the agency's thoughts about what authors need to know, along with some practical tips for avoiding piracy of their works. Ryan didn't cover anything new, but she did discuss the basics. I agree with most of what she wrote, but I think she weakened her argument right at the end. Removing DRM and making books available in all territories? That's excellent advice. Readers are far less likely to pirate if they can get your books in the format they like. And if the book is free of...

Happy International Day Against DRM!
May 3, 2013 | 3:05 pm

DRMHonestly, I hadn't even heard about this until I woke up this morning and checked my phone, but apparently today—that's Friday, May 3, 2013—is something of a holiday in the digital publishing community. It's the fifth annual International Day Against DRM. Huh. The organization behind the holiday—which in reality is more of an awareness-raising movement—is known as Defective by Design. As the DBD website explains, "We are a participatory and grassroots campaign exposing DRM-encumbered devices and media for what they really are: Defective by Design. We are working together to eliminate DRM as a threat to innovation in media, the privacy of...

One year later, Tor Books reflects on going DRM-free
April 30, 2013 | 4:30 pm

TorPiracy is the dirty word that companies like to throw around when it comes to digital rights management, or DRM. Many publishers and even retailers use DRM in an effort to avoid having their books stolen on the Internet. One year ago, Tor, a sci-fi and fantasy imprint of Macmillan, dropped DRM from all its books. Besides receiving positive reactions from authors and readers, something else occurred that just might break the hearts of other retailers and publishers. “We’ve seen no discernible increase in piracy on any of our titles, despite them being DRM-free for nearly a year,” UK editorial director Julie...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 4: The Internet Archive and my first DIY
April 30, 2013 | 11:19 am

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * I am four months into my DRM-free year, and so far have spent just a fraction of my usual book budget. In my highest year—the year agency pricing came out, and I binged in preparation—I spent $1,300, for an average of $108 per month. This year, I am down to less than $20 per month, and most of it spent on a handful of Kindle Deals of the Day, and the odd indie read. So, where has my book spending—and my reading time—gone in April? My one book purchase this month...

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