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Morning Links: Netflix wants to expand to 200 countries. Doctorow wants to end DRM
January 21, 2015 | 9:00 am

drmNetflix Wants to Expand to 200 Countries Within the Next Two Years (GigaOM) Netflix wants to complete its global expansion within the next two years, the company announced as part of its Q4 2014 earnings release. *** License Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond (David Nickle) So here's a funny story: in 2015, and only in Canada and a few other countries, James Bond entered the public domain. *** Cory Doctorow to Push for Ending DRM (Techdirt) This is Copyright Week, in which various people supporting more reasonable copyright laws highlight some of the problems with existing laws and important concepts that should be in copyright reform efforts....

Cory Doctorow on the parallels between DRM and cybersecurity policy
January 19, 2015 | 4:25 pm

IMG_20150115_174108In the course of my recent extended interview with Cory Doctorow in Budapest, I asked him whether he saw parallels between post-Charlie Hebdo government attitudes towards cybersecurity and Big Publishing/Big Media attitudes towards DRM. This was his response. The way to understand how big publishers think about DRM is not that they think it really prevents piracy. If you press them on this, their standard answer is that it's imperfect but better than nothing, it's a speed bump, it slows things down. None of those arguments actually hold water: they're not evidence-grounded. What we need to distinguish when we talk about what DRM...

Morning Links: No DRM-free app for EFF. Should you spy on your readers?
January 12, 2015 | 8:53 am

drm-freeApple Won't Let EFF Release a DRM-Free App (Boing Boing) EFF has released its mobile app to help people join in important, timely struggles, but you can't get it for your Iphone or Ipad, because Apple insists that EFF use DRM, and this is contrary to everything it stands for. *** Should Authors and Publishers Spy on Readers? (Digital Book World) Okay—that title is slightly provocative. But it’s not an unreasonable question to ask. *** Apple Raises Minimum App Prices in Europe, UK and Canada (GigaOM) As Apple promised earlier this week, minimum prices in the iOS app store have increased in Canada, the U.K. and European...

Morning Roundup: New DRM-free eBook retailer, Overdrive’s big library event next week
May 27, 2014 | 9:00 am

drm-freeNew DRM-Free eBook Retailer Focused on Small Press and Literary Fiction Launches (Digital Book World) In addition to three original novels, the site features titles from 13 publishers, including Coach House Books in Toronto, Black Balloon Publishing and Tyrant Books in New York, Curbside Splendor in Chicago, and Red Hen Press in Pasadena, California. *** Fisking Charlie Stross: More on Hachette/Amazon (Joe Konrath) I don't know Charlie Stross, but he's a Hachette author who just commented, wrongly, on the Amazon/Hachette situation. *** Overdrive's Big Library Read Event Launches Next Week (The Digital Reader) Starting on 3 June, OverDrive will be holding a two week long Big...

Fancy a bunch of free books on how to do just about anything online or digital whatsoever?
May 1, 2014 | 10:35 am

free booksWhy I thought you'd say "yes" to free books. And so here they are. Basically, MakeUseOf.com, "a leading destination for digital productivity tips and your guide to cool stuff on the Internet," has made available a bunch of manuals, guides, and reference works on its website, in PDF, EPUB, or online-readable form, completely for free. So, for writers, how about An Unofficial Guide To Goodreads For Readers And Writers ?  Or Your Guide To Self-Publishing: From Print To Kindle And Beyond!? And if you want to promote your self-published work, how about The Facebook Marketing Guide? Or for eager ebook readers,...

StoryBundle releases video game book bundle
April 2, 2014 | 7:47 pm

The Humble Indie Bundle started out selling video games, but branched out into e-books down the road. This makes it almost, but not quite, symmetrical that its competitor StoryBundle, who started with e-books all along, has now come out with a bundle of…e-books about video games. The base price for this bundle is $3, which gets you six DRM-free multiformat e-books, mostly non-fiction: How to Do Things With Videogames by Ian Bogost Atari Inc.: Business is Fun by Marty Goldberg and Curt Vendel SCROLL: Collection 01-11 by Ray Barnholt...

Library audiobooks to go DRM-free on Overdrive
January 24, 2014 | 12:19 pm

The mp3 audiobook market has been DRM-free for years, and at least part of the audiobook market is going to follow suit. OverDrive, the leading ebook and audiobook supplier for libraries and institutions, has announced that they're phasing out the WMA format audiobooks in favor of DRM-free mp3. Aside from minor vendors like Playaway, OverDrive effectively is the the library audiobook market so today's news is a big deal. Audiobooks in general, and Amazon/Audible in particular, are the last holdouts for DRM in audio. The mp3 music market is DRM-free, and there are even a couple audiobook retailers that have gone...

10 Great DRM-Free Books to Read in 2014
December 30, 2013 | 2:25 pm

great drm-free booksLooking for some great DRM-free books to start off your year? All of the books on this list are available from various retailers free of DRM restrictions. For your convenience, I have organized them top ten-style, from my very favourite find, all the way down. The list does not include every single DRM-free ebook I have read, but it does give a good representative sampling of the kind of content out there, from pure self-published gems to republished best-sellers to classical works in the public domain. Happy reading! 1- Radium Halos by Shelley Stout (Smashwords). Historical mystery based on a group...

Fiction Bundle DRM-free pay-what-you-want bundle is live
December 12, 2013 | 3:28 pm

Fullscreen capture 12122013 31023 PM.bmpThe pay-what-you-want e-book site Fiction Bundle, which I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, has gone live with its inaugural “Chapter 1” bundle. All the titles are revealed. They are: The Godmakers by Frank Herbert Assemblers of Infinity by Kevin J. Anderson & Doug Beason The Golden Queen by David Farland Lights in the Deep by Brad R. Torgerson Bone Shop by Tim Pratt Dust and Kisses by Dean Wesley Smith $10-and-up Bonus: The Complete Stories of Tim...

My DRM-Free Year: Wrap-Up
December 11, 2013 | 7:26 pm

drm-free Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec *** Last year, I made a pledge: that, for 2013, I would put my money where my mouth was on the DRM issue and spend no money on books which were restricted with digital rights management. Why did I make this stand? I think that I had one too many books get lost to stores going out of business, to reader software dropping support for formats which once were commonplace but are no more, to spotty internet service which prevented me from 'validating' a book I had paid good money for and so...

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,...

UK government to storm Amazon’s gates?
November 27, 2013 | 10:25 am

amazonLest anyone think that Amazon's encroachment into the UK book world is a wee little thing, we have Seni Glaister, CEO of UK online book retailer The Book People, to put us straight, as she did at The Bookseller's London Futurebook Conference a short time ago. "It’s a dystopian disaster," she insisted, of the potential for Amazon to translate its ebook dominance into a physical book sales monopoly as well - unless the UK government steps in. Last time I read English prose, a dystopian disaster was something like George Orwell's 1984, or J.G. Ballard's The Drowned World. But obviously Amazonian...