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Amazon drops pre-order buttons from Warner Home Video DVD titles
June 11, 2014 | 5:54 am

legomovieEverything may not be awesome at Amazon. Various news sources including the New York Times Bits blog are reporting that Amazon has removed the pre-order buttons from various upcoming Warner Home Video DVD and Blu-ray titles, including The LEGO Movie, 300: Rise of an Empire, Winter’s Tale, and Transcendence. Instead of the pre-order button, there is an option to sign up for notification when the movie becomes available. Apparently this started sometime in May, but people have only been starting to notice it now. That’s right, it’s another contract dispute (though unlike with Hachette, there’s no sign Amazon is...

Paid vs. Free Entertainment: A Case Study
February 20, 2013 | 12:28 pm

Techdirt has a great write-up about a British children's author, Terry Deary, who is on a misguided campaign against libraries. Deary believes libraries are giving away entertainment for free; he also believes they are severely damaging the book publishing industry. Techdirt's Tim Cushing argues that, notwithstanding some of the fallacies the author is operating under, in fact, many forms of entertainment these days are indeed given away for free. And of course, many others are paid for... I decided to have a quick think about the 'entertainment' we consume in my own household. How much of it do we pay for? How...

Righting a childhood wrong: an ebook success story
November 21, 2011 | 5:03 pm

Images I was able this past weekend to right a childhood wrong, and I owe it all to emerging e-technology. The background: years ago, we would summer at a cottage near one my uncle had. My cousin Andy had a large collection of MAD Magazines and Archie comics from the 60's and 70's that my sister and I used to look at whenever we were over there. Somehow, all or part of the collection somehow wound up in my hands one day, and got ruined---perhaps thrown out by a well-meaning mother on a cleaning streak, perhaps lost or damaged in a...

Are one-star reviews just slacktivism?
April 15, 2011 | 2:47 am

lotr_blurayLately I’ve been pondering reimmersing myself in Tolkien: I’ve been rereading The Hobbit in e-book form, and am considering going on to Lord of the Rings—it’s been a while. Perhaps after that I’ll watch the twelve-hour extended-length movie adaptations again, by way of getting ready for Peter Jackson’s prequel, which just recently began filming in New Zealand. Out of curiosity, I peeked at the listing for the Blu-Ray versions of the movies on Amazon, and noticed something rather interesting. It seems that the 1-star protest review has spread beyond the realm of overpriced or windowed e-books, and is...

Is DRM-induced double-dipping beneficial to publishers?
January 22, 2011 | 1:50 pm

In a Publishing Perspectives discussion seed article connected to the piece on the French Feedbooks matter that we covered a few days ago, Edward Nawotka pondered whether one of the reasons publishers like DRM so much might be that it often causes people to have to buy multiple electronic versions of a given work as earlier platforms fade to obsolescence. It’s an interesting notion. Certainly I’m not immune; I had to re-buy the Liaden novels after their original DRM-using e-book vendor went out of business. (Though the re-bought versions come from Baen, so I’ll never have to worry...

Star Trek digital download expiration: Why should media be like milk?
December 22, 2010 | 8:15 am

star-trek-blu-ray-jj-abramsWhile this is not specifically about e-books, it is about an experience in transitioning from physical to digital media, and it should provide a lesson to all fields that are taking these steps—including books to e-books. A number of movies, especially titles from Paramount or Disney (such as Pixar’s Wall•E), have been coming with an “extra third disc” lately, containing a DRM-girt digital copy which can be transferred either to iTunes or Windows Media Player. This saves the buyer the trouble of ripping the thing, and lets the studio charge a little extra and feel they can keep some...

Supreme Court deadlocks on Omega vs. Costco
December 14, 2010 | 2:32 pm

The Supreme Court issued a ruling on the Omega vs. Costco case that I have covered a couple of times. As Doug Pardee noted, Omega essentially won. With Justice Kagan recusing herself (she had written a pro-Omega brief prior to being appointed a justice), the Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4, issuing a one-page per curiam decision that did not even say which justice voted on which side, let alone provide any reasoning. On the bright side, this means that even though Omega won in this particular case, the decision is only binding within the 9th circuit and...

Supreme Court hears arguments in Costco v. Omega first-sale doctrine case
November 10, 2010 | 3:01 pm

Omega Speedmaster Professional, by MadGeographer via WikiPediaDaniel Fisher has a post at Forbes recapping the Costco v. Omega case I previously mentioned here. As I said then, this case has the potential to have extremely important implications for the doctrine of first sale, and hence for books and possibly e-books. The Supreme Court heard arguments on Monday in the case, and IP Watchdog has a detailed writeup of how the arguments went. The stakes are high on both sides. Fisher points out that if Omega wins, it gives companies a license to ignore first sale simply by moving their manufacturing operations overseas. If Costco wins,...

The UK take on US e-book sales prospects for Europe
October 22, 2010 | 2:04 pm

uklgflag[1] Philip Jones on The Bookseller’s FutureEBook blog has taken notice of the Mike Shatzkin column about the idea of American publishers selling e-books in Europe that I covered the other day. (And even taken notice of my post here, which is a nice bit of validation for me.) I find it interesting to see the United Kingdom angle on this story. The specter (or, in the UK, “spectre”) of American e-publishing taking more of an interest in European rights is starting to make some UK publishers distinctly nervous. (Jones says that “some [UK executives] even flinched” on mention...

iPad has fastest adoption rate ever
October 5, 2010 | 7:15 am

ipad1[1] CNBC’s Fast Money has more good iPad news: Bernstein Research reports that the iPad is becoming the fastest-adopted non-phone consumer technology ever, selling three million units in the first 80 days and now about 4.5 million units per quarter. For comparison, the DVD—previously cited as one of the fastest-adopted consumer tech items—sold 350,000 units in its first quarter. The iPhone sold one million. The report notes that the iPad is not only cannibalizing notebook and netbook sales, but could also be affecting sales of other big-ticket items like TVs and digital cameras—not many households can afford to buy...

HDCP Blu-Ray DRM reportedly cracked wide open
September 14, 2010 | 7:15 am

padlock[2] Although this story is not directly related to e-books, it serves to show the untenability of DRM schemes in general in the long term and as such is important and worth repeating. Engadget reports that a putative “HDCP master key” has been found and released. It hasn’t been confirmed yet whether this key actually is what it claims to be, but if true, this would render the protection scheme used to protect Blu-Ray, in which individual players’ keys could be revoked if compromised, obsolete—this is the key that is used to generate those keys, and the release...

As e-books begin to transcend regional restrictions, paper books may take a step backward
September 10, 2010 | 9:15 am

world[1] Joanna has railed at length about the obnoxiousness of the regional restrictions in publishing that limit the availability of e-books from country to country. Even though it is possible to import a printed book from another country, those who want another nation’s e-book are largely out of luck. It appears that at least some publishers are moving to reduce these frustrations; a few days ago GalleyCat reported on HarperCollin’s announcement that it was merging its US SF/fantasy imprint, Eos, and its Australia/New Zealand imprint, Voyager, into a global imprint called Harper Voyager. At eReads,...