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Morning Links: Death of music sales. Lost your reading mojo?
January 28, 2015 | 9:00 am

death of music salesHarry Potter eBooks Now Available on Oyster (GoodeReader) Today, the company is proud to announce that they have reached an agreement with JK Rowling, to have the entire Harry Potter saga available. *** The Death of Music Sales (The Atlantic) If CDs are "dead," so is iTunes. *** Apple Reduces the Amount of Storage iOS Updates Require (GigaOM) In a more specific note, Apple said that this update reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update. *** Have You Ever Lost Your Reading Mojo? (Dear Author) I received this email and I thought a lot of readers might feel this way. With Roma’s permission, I’ve republished...

Apple music DRM case wraps up with final witness
December 14, 2014 | 11:07 am

The Apple iTunes DRM case proceeds apace. After finding a replacement plaintiff to supplant those who were found not to have bought iPods during the required time period, the case moved forward, hearing reluctant testimony from a former iTunes engineer who worked on blocking the interoperability of competitors’ music DRM with iPods. (The engineer basically rehashed the same arguments Apple’s made all along: Apple had to lock out competitors because the music labels demanded it.) This was the case’s last witness; it will go to jury deliberations next week. As I’ve said before, this case could potentially have profound...

Heald study shows books lag behind music in out-of-print digitization
March 20, 2014 | 12:35 pm

Professor Paul J. Heald of the University of Illinois College of Law has just released a new study that puts Chris Meadows's recent problems with out-of-print stories from Astounding Stories into perspective. Remember that it was Heald whose previous research found that extension of copyright terms actually reduced the availability of books. And his new report, "The Demand for Out-of-Print Works and Their (Un)Availability in Alternative Markets," has found that, while demand for out-of-print books as ebooks or in other forms remains high, supply remains atrocious in comparison to older musical works. Heald compares the availability of popular songs and music...

Apple protests Department of Justice’s proposed anti-trust penalties, but does it have a case?
August 4, 2013 | 7:49 pm

I’ve been taking the time to read and think about the Department of Justice’s proposed penalties for Apple in the recent anti-trust trial, and Apple’s response complaining that the penalties were too harsh and unsupported by law. There’s plenty of interesting stuff here, to be sure. For starters, look at the DoJ’s proposed penalties. It’s possible I might just owe the Motley Fool an apology, as despite Judge Cote saying she didn’t intend to paint with a broader brush, the DoJ nonetheless does seek at least in some respects to use the results of the trial to extend its...

The ‘Future’ of Entertainment Looks a Lot Like 1995
July 21, 2013 | 8:44 pm

iTunesThis weekend, we hit a milestone in my household: the Beloved finally got sick enough of the limited selection on flat-rate Netflix to venture into the pay-per-movie world of the iTunes Store, which we can access on the bedroom television via the spiffy little Apple TV box. And ... color us disappointed. We made our selection, pressed the play button and got the following screen: 'Ready to Play in 2 hours, 7 minutes.' Um ... really? What followed was almost more entertaining than the movie turned out to be: As the Beloved kept trying to reload the screen to increasingly random predictions (ready to...

Morning Roundup: iTunes users, Penguin’s Early Releases, Tess Gerritsen’s war against Alzheimers, more
June 20, 2013 | 9:04 am

Morning Roundup5 Ways Tablets Will Change K-12 Education (Digital Book World) Tablet shipments to schools grew 103% in the last year according to research from International Data Corporation (IDC). The report states  ”that momentum will continue as the 2013 back-to-school season approaches.” This growth in tablets will affect learning and classroom management—but how? Here are five ways tablets will begin to change K-12 education. --- Tess Gerritsen Raising $25,000 in War Against Alzheimers (GalleyCat) Novelist Tess Gerritsen has declared war on Alzheimer’s, trying to raise $25,000 for The Scripps Research Institute. The disease took her father’s life, so Gerritsen has a powerful stake in the future...

For more free textbooks, look at iTunes U
March 11, 2013 | 9:48 pm

free textbooksBy Dr. Frank Lowney This past weekend, Dr. Frank Lowney, an occasional TeleRead contributor, brought to our attention an online archive of free, Creative Commons licensed university textbooks known as the Flatworld Knowledge Book Archive. We heard from Dr. Lowney again yesterday; he told us that "another, larger source of free e-textbooks can actually be found on iTunes U. But that story, he said, is a bit more complicated." His explanation follows: Educational providers, such as institutions of higher education, can get a public iTunes U site from Apple at zero cost. Those public sites contain both "collections" and "courses." A collection can...

iTunes U hits one billion downloads
March 4, 2013 | 12:29 pm

iTunes UBy Jonathan Pena Apple has announced that iTunes U has topped one billion downloads, an impressive number for a service launched just few years ago. Apple debuted iTunes U in 2007, expanding its library beyond laptops and computers when the company created its own iTunes U iOS app for mobile devices. Apple's SVP of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, released a brief statement stating that more than 2,400 schools across the nation are currently hosting new content on the service. “It’s inspiring to see what educators and students of all types are doing with iTunes U, and [the] incredible content offered on...

Why We Need a Subscription Model for E-Books
January 24, 2013 | 10:00 am

Brett Sandusky at Digital Book World has an interesting write-up on digital subscriptions. He ruminates on the pros and cons of two different models: the 'modular' subscription, where customers subscribe to one thing at a time, as they wish, versus the bundle model, where customers pay a fixed amount for a package deal which includes the content they want, plus other stuff which they may or may not want (for instance, when you purchase phone service just to get a cheaper deal on the Internet and cable). Sandusky prefers the 'modular' model. He aims to treat his customers like grown-ups who know...

Lessons from Hollywood: Resist change at your own peril?
November 5, 2012 | 10:30 am

Tech Dirt ran a great article last week (which was a reaction to this New York Times article) about the struggles Hollywood is facing as it attempts to 'remain relevant' while important content seems to be moving to cheaper, faster-to-market television. From the article: "The industry really only has itself to blame for continuing to churn out expensive remakes and sequels, rather than investing in quality—the continued quest for '$100 million films' rather than figuring out how to make good movies for less money." It's the same argument I feel like I've been making for years to the book publishing industry: If you want to compete, compete! I've...

iOS 6 Now Available
September 19, 2012 | 2:13 pm

By Bill Stiteler | for Appletell iOS 6 is now available for download. The new operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch can be downloaded over the air from the device, or via iTunes, and requires 2.4 GB of space. The update is compatible with the iPhone 3GS or better, the 4th generation iPod touch, and the iPad 2 or better, though not all of the 200 new features are available on all devices. To download the update on your device, go to Settings > General > Software Update. iOS 6 brings a slew of new features, including system-level Facebook integration (much like iOS... searches spill the beans on what will be announced later today
September 12, 2012 | 11:51 am

By Robert Nelson | for Gadget Tell In what confirms some of the rampant rumors, the website has revealed some of what will be unveiled later today. The results were first discovered by the folks over at 9to5Mac, however they are easy enough to replicate on your own (at least at the moment). A search for terms such as “iphone 5″ or “iphone-5″ will return results of links. The links will not take you to any publicly available page, but the URLs say what needs to be said. Well, at least for now. Anyway, without further ado, the results seem to have confirmed an LTE...

REVIEW: Logitech Keyboard Case for iPad
August 1, 2012 | 11:17 pm

One of the things that has fascinated me about the gadget revolution is how over time, functions have increasingly begun overlapping. I currently have three devices I regularly use on which I can read my Kindle books—and I can seamlessly move between them. I can spend an hour reading on the couch on my Kindle Touch, move to the iPad while I'm out working at the library and pick up the book where I left off, then come home and tuck into bed with the iPod Touch, which can be read even in total darkness if my partner falls asleep...

ReDigi lawsuit raises questions of fair use and first sale in digital age
July 2, 2012 | 7:56 pm

The Boston Globe has a report on the record labels’ lawsuit against ReDigi, the company that is trying to bring first sale rights to digital music (and, by extension, digital movie and book) sales. I’ve mentioned ReDigi a number of times, from when it was first conceived (after several similar used-digital-goods efforts failed miserably) to when it launched to when the record labels complained to when they sued in January. ReDigi claimed fair use, Google filed an amicus brief, and a judge decided ReDigi didn’t have to shut down pending the suit. If you’ve been following the...

E-book piracy not the threat music piracy was, founder says
June 6, 2012 | 8:33 pm

Brian Stauffer, founder of 1999 digital music startup (better known by the name of its music service, Rhapsody), had an interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal a few days ago comparing and contrasting the response of record labels and publishers to the digital changeover of their respective media, and the piracy issues these engendered. He begins by noting that e-book sales have largely made up the shortfall digital books took away from paper ones—but the music industry refused to sell digital music for years, depriving themselves of a stream of revenue and contributing to piracy. In...

Steve Jobs talked content-owners into a new digital market
August 30, 2011 | 2:15 pm

On PaidContent, Charles Arthur brings up one of the important facets of Steve Jobs’s legacy that tends to get overshadowed by Jobs’s hardware successes. Quite apart from all the gadgets Jobs designed, he also designed a new business model for the music industry: the 99-cent song. The headline of Arthur’s article suggests that Jobs’s great success was “persuading the world to pay for content,” but the article itself seems to take the opposite tack: the world was ready to pay for content, but Jobs’s success was in persuading the content-owners to sell it digitally. Arthur explains that...

Should we be reading the iTunes licensing agreement more carefully?
May 7, 2011 | 7:07 pm

CNN has an interesting look at something we all do without thinking about it. Whether we use an iPod, iPhone, or iPad for e-reading or just for music, when we want to upgrade iTunes, we don’t bother to read through 52 pages of legalese. We just click the accept button and assume that “Nothing bad is going to happen.” But CNN has talked to a couple of lawyers who remind us that we are entering into a binding contract when we click that “agree” button. According to New York technology attorney Mark Grossman, selecting "Agree"...

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