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Dropbox uses file hashes to comply with DMCA requests. So what?
April 2, 2014 | 2:50 am

Surprise! Dropbox has anti-piracy measures in place. You’ve probably seen the stories by now. When you right-click that file on your drive and ask for a public link that you can share so your friend can download it, Dropbox runs a hash on the file—it basically takes the file’s fingerprint by assigning a specific character to particular bits. If it finds that hash matches a list of hashes that have been declared verboten by DMCA request, it tells you that you can’t share it. (Likewise, it hashes files so that it can save space by only storing one copy of...

Morning Roundup: Smashwords beta testing Kindle and Dropbox Integration; Amazon’s Quiet Time; more
October 1, 2013 | 11:00 am

Smashwords is Now Beta Testing Kindle and Dropbox Integration (The Digital Reader) If you like supporting indie authors and you like to buy DRM-free ebooks then chances are you’re probably buying at least some of your ebooks from Smashwords, and I have some good news for you today. *** The Times, They are a Changin---or are they? (The Scholarly Kitchen) Ask pretty much anyone in scholarly publishing – or, indeed scholarly communications more generally – to describe the last few years and the chances are that they will use adjectives such as, “disruptive”... *** Does Amazon's Quiet Time Infringe on Kobo's Patents for Reading Mode? (GoodeReader) Amazon...

Internet Basics 101: Back Up Your Stuff, Back Up Your Stuff, Back Up Your Stuff!
September 26, 2013 | 3:01 pm

From my friends at GigaOM comes this write-up about the perils of relying on the 'Cloud' for keeping your stuff: author Geoffrey Goetz writes about some music he had which disappeared from his Apple iCloud account when Apple stopped carrying the songs in question. It seems their cloud matching program only works for items they presently list in their catalogue, or that you've uploaded yourself. If Goetz had downloaded his purchases and then re-uploaded them manually, he could have kept them. I feel for Goetz and his difficulties, but really this should be Internet 101 at this point. Thou shalt back...

Ownshelf e-book sharing system seems pointless
July 9, 2013 | 10:05 pm

ownshelfMediabistro’s AppNewser has a report on a new service called “Ownshelf,” at which we looked briefly last December. The idea behind Ownshelf is that it lets you set up your own lending library for e-books you can share with friends. AppNewser calls it a “Dropbox for e-books.” Of course, the terms of service specify you can’t do this with books that you don’t have permission to share, which limits it pretty much to public-domain and other free titles, making it a pretty toothless “library”. What, exactly, is the benefit of sharing public-domain books through a system like this when...

Top 5 Apps for Writers
May 30, 2013 | 10:15 am

apps From MediaShift comes a roundup titled "The Top 5 Apps for Authors." Such things are inherently subjective; of the five mentioned (, Feedly, Scrivener, Tweetdeck/Hootsuite and Tweetwall) there is only one I personally use. And of course, there are apps I use often that this article fails to mention... So, what apps would I recommend? Here is my list of top five apps. 1. Evernote I use Evernote to clip articles and quotes from books, plan projects, keep lists and notes, back up a few apps I use that connect to it, and in general just keep handy stuff I want to reference...

Five Useful ‘Cloud Syncable’ Apps for E-Book Fans
March 1, 2013 | 1:43 pm

appsI started reading e-books back in the stones ages of plain text Gutenberg files on a handheld Palm device. My, how times have changed! Now, we can read on phones or tablets, in full glorious color—or on battery-efficient E Ink devices—books with sophisticated layouts and embedded multimedia. But those sorts of bells and whistles pale in comparison to the greatest wonder of the tablet age—cloud synchronization. My favorite apps allow me to preserve my files for computer or off-line use, but powerfully make full use of my library across my different gadgets when I am in Internet range. What does this mean,...

Morning Links — Used e-books are getting closer
February 19, 2013 | 9:25 am

The Moviegoer by Walker PercyProject Gutenberg Adds Dropbox Support (Lifehacker) Sales of Used eBooks Getting Closer (Publisher's Weekly) eBook Challenges in Japan (Good e-Reader) Amazon's Digital Metamorphosis: eBooks Up 70% (The Verge) Kindle Daily Deals: The Moviegoer by Walker Percy (and 3 others) ...

Kindle for Android vs. Kindle for iOS
January 14, 2013 | 11:00 am

A common complaint about Android apps in comparison to iOS apps is that Android apps are often missing features or seem “unfinished” and not as polished. While I’ve found that to be true in some cases, the Kindle app is a particularly grievous example. While books in the Android version are easy to read, sync with the Cloud and are very pretty on my Nexus 7 screen, some basic features in the iPad app are mysteriously missing. Here are my biggest gripes: 1. You can’t open a book from an email or from Dropbox With “Send to Kindle,” this isn’t as big a...

Review: Quotebook for iOS
October 11, 2012 | 4:33 pm

Quotebook is an app that came to me via the Genius suggestions in my newly updated iPad's App Store. It's an app designed for clipping and storing favorite quotes for future reference. Unlike other iOS quote apps, it does not come with a library of quotes pre-installed. You are meant to input your own via typing directly into a new record, or by coping and pasting from Twitter, Safari, iBooks or some other source. I had previously been using an epub file to store quotes and clips from books I was reading. It had definitely improved my reading; I liked being...

Good news for Stanza fans: It apparently works under Apple’s new operating system for iPhones, iPads and the rest
September 25, 2012 | 9:07 am

Stanza, one of the best e-reading apps around, was broken when Apple upgraded to iOS 4 or later. Amid the uproar from the app’s users, Stanza’s overlords at Amazon tweaked the ePub-capable app but did not promise future upgrades. But Stanza runs fine under iOS 6, the new operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches, at least as best I can determine. I did suffer a lockup when I tried to change fonts, but my hunch is that this is probably an iOS 6 issue rather than a Stanza-specific one. A reboot of my iPad did the trick. Let me know if you...

How I turned my Kindle Fire HD from a cash register and billboard into a good machine for an e-book lover
September 16, 2012 | 10:37 am

menckenH.L. Mencken, the American iconoclast, depicted Puritanism as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” Could the same idea apply to the killjoys at Amazon who so cruelly made the $199 Amazon Kindle Fire HD less of an e-book machine and more of a billboard and cash register? Granted, many readers might not object because the Web has inured them to obnoxious huckstery of just the kind that H.L. hated. And they won’t miss the apps now AWOL from the Fire’s marketplace, such as the OverDrive software to read free e-books from libraries, because they never used them in the first place. But I myself do care. Unless the...

O’Reilly adds Dropbox sync feature to its e-book store
June 29, 2012 | 9:15 pm

We already knew it was possible to use Dropbox to host your Calibre library, or to load e-books onto any e-reader app on your iPad. But O’Reilly is going just a bit further with its own Dropbox integration feature: it is providing a way to link Dropbox to your O’Reilly account so that any e-books you buy from O’Reilly (or e-books that you choose that you’ve already purchased) are automatically synced into your Dropbox account. That will make them available on any computer or device you use with the service. Of course, you can already do this with anything...