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My DRM-Free Year, Month 10: News, News, News
November 1, 2013 | 12:37 pm

DRM-FreeRead all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec *** It was a quiet October for me. It was a busy month for me at school (culminating in yesterday's Day of Frenzy, aka Halloween) and while I read a lot, I did not read many books. What happened? 1) I became a news junkie. With my go-to newspaper erecting a paywall last month, I went looking elsewhere for my daily news fix, and as a result added several new sites to my daily rounds....

My DRM-Free Year, Month 9: eZines!
October 6, 2013 | 10:55 am

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec *** I can't believe I am 9 months into my year of DRM-free reading! And to my delight, there has been no shortage of material, nor of sites to purchase it from. I am continually discovering new little niches of the internet from which to get content, and have been catching up this month on some of the zine-esque pay news stuff I have been hoarding. 1) Star Dispatches I mentioned in a previous article that I was thinking of dropping my subscription to the Star Dispatches ereads service. I love the concept---premium, in-depth news...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 8: Bumper Crop of Reviewables
September 3, 2013 | 8:13 pm

DRM-FreeRead all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * August was a good month for DRM-free reading. I both read (and reviewed) books from three different sources: Amazon, Humble Bundle and Yesterday's Classics. The highlights: Amazon The final instalment of Hugh Howey's Silo Saga was out, and I reviewed it opening week. I liked it, for the most part. But I tend to like earlier series books better. By the time you get to the end, it feels a little too mechanical to me, with the author plotting like mad to tie up the loose ends and spending a bit less time on...

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...

A bundle of bundle updates: StoryBundle and Humble Bundle add more titles
July 10, 2013 | 7:12 pm

Fullscreen capture 7102013 54818 PM.bmp It can’t be coincidental that both e-book bundles I talked about last week have chosen to add more titles on the same day, can it? First, because they updated first, is StoryBundle, which updated its Sci-Fi Bundle with a free copy of the June issue of Lightspeed, an on-line SF magazine. Judging by the magazine’s on-line store, this is a $3.99 value. No additional purchase is required to get it; anyone who donates any amount, even if it’s not enough to unlock the $10 extra titles, will receive it. I’ll be honest, this doesn’t exactly make me...

Book Review: So You Want to Be a Wizard (New Millennium Edition)
July 7, 2013 | 8:22 am

cover “They never age.” —Laconic: Comic Book Time, TVTropes A couple of years ago, I mentioned that Diane Duane had started updating the early books in her Young Wizards series.  (Joanna wrote her own post about it here.) The first book was published in 1983, and later books have been written in the years since then. Technology was always current to the publication date of each book, but only a couple of years were supposed to pass in the lives of the characters. As time has gone by some of the technological aspects of the early books in the series haven’t exactly...

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...

A bundle of bundles: The Humble eBook Bundle II and StoryBundle Sci-Fi Bundle
July 3, 2013 | 3:32 pm

Fullscreen capture 732013 22537 PM.bmpGet ready to bundle! By whatever strange alchemy, two separate pay-what-you-want DRM-free multi-format e-book bundles have suddenly popped up independently of each other. The more appealing one is from the past master of bundling, the Humble Bundle. The Humble eBook Bundle II includes Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, Spin by Robert Charles Wilson, and Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold. If you beat the average ($9.78 as of this writing) you also get Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton, and The Last Unicorn (Deluxe Edition, includes the sequel novella “Two Hearts” and an interview with the...

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...