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Webcomic ‘Help Desk’ takes on e-book DRM
July 23, 2014 | 11:20 am

drm-rollIf you could use a good chuckle, webcomic “Help Desk” has just started a storyline focusing on e-book DRM. (The storyline then continues here.) It seems to have been inspired by the letter that Cory Doctorow received from Hachette about DRM. Since some authors publish with Tor in the USA but Hachette in the UK, and Tor went DRM-free two years ago, this means the US edition of their book would be DRM-free. Hachette didn’t like that, and wanted authors to insist that Tor put DRM on that edition to protect the sales of their UK edition. The letter was actually posted...

July Author Earnings report surveys DRM, genre sales
July 18, 2014 | 3:34 am

ae-julyHugh Howey and Data Guy have done it again, producing another interesting report on a sample of data scraped from Amazon. The July report re-runs the numbers for their main chart based on the new data, then branches out into a couple of interesting new measurements—including one that I specifically asked for back in May. The main measurements show basically incremental change from the last few reports, In terms of daily revenue to authors (taking into account royalty percentages from publisher sales and Amazon revenue percentages from self-published works), Big Five authors take 37% of total Amazon daily revenue...

Dumping DRM is not a panacea
June 20, 2014 | 12:23 pm

As I’ve watched the e-book market develop, I’ve gradually lost a good deal of patience with the argument that DRM is the thing keeping people locked into the Amazon Kindle ecosystem. The latest example to pop up comes via Cory Doctorow’s latest column in The Guardian (found via BoingBoing). Doctorow feels Hachette is hoist by its own petard because of the DRM it insists Amazon (and the other e-book stores) use. It’s an old, old argument. And make no mistake, I don’t like DRM myself and would be just as glad if it all went away tomorrow. But Doctorow...

Morning Roundup: Digital vs Print, Pocket adds premium service and more
May 29, 2014 | 9:00 am

digital vs printDigital vs Print: What is the Future of Reading? (Digital Book World) This is a topic that has headlined presentations since the digital revolution began, but interestingly, we still don’t have the full picture of what reading will look like in even one year, let alone ten, fifty, or one hundred years. *** Accepting Amazon's DRM Makes it Impossible to Challenge its Monopoly (Techdirt) Monopoly, of course, is economically the correct term. Publishers of books that are restricted by copyright have a set of exclusive rights granted to them by law. Their monopoly looks distinct from Amazon's near-monopoly bookseller position, though, because it's one...

Whither the Kindle Killer?
May 29, 2014 | 7:01 am

Broken-KindleFound via Slashdot: Larry Press plaintively wonders why nobody’s come up with a “Kindle Killer” yet. He notes a whole host of ways the Kindle falls short of perfection—lack of voice recognition or full interface capability with a computer, for example—and thinks such a device really should be a “low-hanging fruit” for one of the big device makers. I’ll tell you why, Larry. The demand isn’t there. Maybe folks like you who like to get the most out of their devices would want such a thing, but the vast majority of the lowest-common-denominator general public—the ones who actually buy...

Which Hachette books are affected by Amazon spat, and why Kindle users are locked in
May 29, 2014 | 6:34 am

Here’s some more assorted Amazon/Hachette coverage. First of all, Gizmodo has some examples of the books you find on “Amazon’s hit list,” with charts comparing pricing and availability at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The article itself is rather slanted, concluding with the call to action, “Amazon has every right to fight dirty. And you have every right to show them the consequences.” Nonetheless, the charts are interesting. It’s also interesting to look at at where the story slants are. You see plenty of pro-Hachette/anti-Amazon stuff in the media and the commercial blog networks (Gizmodo, GigaOm, etc.) and the...

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...

Morning Roundup: Split-screen multitasking in iOS 8? Baked-in DRM on next Firefox
May 15, 2014 | 9:00 am

ios 8Founder of Just-Launched Authors Alliance Talks to PW (Publishers Weekly) PW contributing editor Peter Brantley recently caught up with Pamela Samuelson to talk more about the Authors Alliance. *** Mozilla to Bake-In DRM in Next Version of Firefox (The Digital Reader) Earlier today Mozilla acquiesced to a market reality which ebook retailers have known for years. *** Apple reportedly planning to add split-screen iPad multitasking in iOS 8 (GigaOM) Apple will include a split-screen multitasking feature in the upcoming version of iOS, according to a new report. *** Fewer Kids are Reading for Fun (GalleyCat) Fewer American children are reading for pleasure than they have in the past, according to...

Morning Roundup: How DRM makes us less safe. Overdrive ebooks now on Kindle FreeTime
May 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

drmOverDrive Ebooks Now Available on Amazon Kids’ Platform Kindle Free Time (Digital Book World) OverDrive announced today that eBooks from more than 20,000 schools and libraries in its U.S. network are available to be used with Amazon’s Kindle FreeTime. *** Researchers: eBooks Beat Print Books at Helping Small Kids Learn Words (The Digital Reader) A team of researchers at Kyoto University’s Primate Research Institute have found that displaying a picture book on an iPad, and combining it with narration, improved small children’s ability to understand the words they are seeing. *** How DRM Makes Us All Less Safe (Techdirt) We've talked a lot lately about how the...

Two cheers for Chromecast?
April 14, 2014 | 10:32 am

As TeleRead readers will be well aware, Chromecast, Google's neat HDMI-compatible AV streaming dongle and its associated programs,  has been around for a while now; but it's only just made it to certain European markets, and courtesy of my parents, I may still be Hungary's pioneering Chromecast owner. And though I love the technology, my first impressions are mixed - in a way that might be down to the usual Big Media interference in simple user-friendly propositions. Yes, it's straightforward no-brain plug-and-play. Yes, it streams content to your TV screen or HDMI-compatible monitor over your WiFi network - (mostly) pretty seamlessly....

Amazon to purchase ComiXology e-comic-book store
April 10, 2014 | 6:24 pm

Looks like the Big Bad Amazon Wolf has just gulped down another hefty meal. Two weeks after rumors started going around (as noticed by Nate Hoffelder at the Digital Reader), Amazon has announced it will be acquiring ComiXology, the e-comic-book store that carries titles from Marvel, DC, Image, and a number of others. Although the various comic book publishers are trying to push their own stores, ComiXology has nonetheless become the best known source for e-books of popular comics. Now, like Audible and so many other brands, it is going to find a new home at Amazon. News is...

How misinformation harms authors (or writers or whatever we’re calling ourselves these days)
March 10, 2014 | 2:25 pm

how misinformation harms authorsNate at Digital Reader featured an article in his Morning Coffee about opting out of Scribd if you're a Smashwords author. I was curious as to the reasons the blogger thought I might want to do this, and I read the article. Which I discovered was some serious misinformation. Not surprisingly, the blogger raised the piracy issue, but not the issue I thought he'd raise. I thought he'd talk about how the digital fingerprinting from Scribd was less than perfect and use that as a reason. Nope, he went in a whole 'nother direction. The problem with Scribd’s view on piracy is...