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DRM vs. piracy, and the future of e-books
April 30, 2011 | 8:28 pm

Opinions on DRM vs. piracy are like noses: everyone has one, and they all smell. Lately, I ran across a fairly interesting piece containing the opinions of Roland Denning, a London-based writer and filmmaker, on Self Publishing Review. I can’t entirely agree with it, but it does offer a good basis for discussion. Denning sees problems with both the anti-DRM and anti-piracy arguments, finding that both sides harbor “some surprisingly naïve notions”, such as the idea that “we can stop people downloading, just like we can ‘win’ the ‘war on drugs’,” or that “people will pay for something they...

Does Steve Jobs hate reading?
April 10, 2011 | 2:58 pm

That’s the provocative theory put forward by Sue Zoldak in an opinion piece on The Daily Caller blog. She starts out by noting that in some cases hardcover prices are lower than e-book prices (something I’ve mentioned before myself), and points out that—unlike the iTunes deal that lowered the price of music when sold digitally—Jobs used publishers’ fears of Amazon to negotiate a rise in e-book prices. This came at the expense of Amazon, who was using exactly the same model to sell Kindles that Jobs had used to sell iPods. The real question...

Eminem royalty ruling has broader implications for digital media sales
March 27, 2011 | 6:03 pm

eminemI hadn’t been paying much attention to the court ruling issued in the case of white rapper Eminem suing his record labels for more money. But then I saw this piece in Techdirt about it, and had to reconsider. It may not have direct implications for e-books specifically, but it definitely has larger implications for digital media as a whole. Eminem’s producers sued the Universal subsidiary that was handling his music for a greater share of royalties. The rationale was that music sales generate a much lower rate of royalties than music licenses (for use in TV shows, commercials,...

Apple in talks to allow unlimited music re-downloading, anonymous sources say
March 4, 2011 | 12:29 pm

How can music be more like e-books? Well, if the rumors are true, Apple is in the process of negotiating to patch one of the biggest differences between the iTunes music store and the way most vendors treat e-books (not to mention the iPhone/iPad app store): Bloomberg cites anonymous sources who claim Apple is in talks with the Big Four music labels to allow unlimited re-downloading of purchased music. In my tech support job, I’ve had to deal with a number of people who re-synced their iPods with a different computer after a hard-drive crash, thinking it would copy...

Apple breaks DRMed e-books on jailbroken devices; jailbreakers fix them
February 21, 2011 | 11:11 pm

JailbreakThe jailbreak wars continue. Last week, users found that a recent iBooks update had the undocumented side-effect of failing to open DRM-protected e-books on jailbroken iOS devices. ReadWriteWeb presumed this was Apple’s way of trying to protect its DRM from being broken and unprotected e-books subsequently exported. However, the jailbreakers have struck back. ReadWriteWeb now reports that the developers of the jailbreak Sn0wbreeze have released a new version that supposedly fixes iBooks “100%” (though some users have still reported trouble with it). As always, if you jailbreak your device, you do so at your own risk. I’m...

iBooks: no iTunes when it comes to dominating the market
December 29, 2010 | 9:42 am

images.jpegPublishers Weekly has an overview report, with the above name, on the iBookstore and its place in the market. Here's a snippet: Not everyone is embracing the iBookstore, though. At this time Oceanhouse Media -- the leading publisher of children's digital book apps on Apple’s App Store, with the exclusive right to make apps of Dr. Seuss’s work -- is not planning to sell there. “We believe that in order to have an effective digital children’s book you need a level of interactivity that cannot be provided for with iBooks,” says Oceanhouse Media president Michel Kripalani. “Only apps can deliver...

iTunes Producer down for a month?
November 23, 2010 | 11:00 am

images.jpegReceived the following email from Signe Nichols: Hello Paul, I am a fan of your TeleReads. Thanks for the great info. I was in the apple iTunes Producer which is the program used to upload new and edit existing books for the iBookstore (which I am sure you know) and there was a message in the back office saying (paraphrased): The iTunes producer would be down and offline from November 23 until December 22 and that new books would not be able to be uploaded during this time and any changes or books in pending status could not be changed. ...

Quick Note: how to fix iPhone bug in latest update
November 23, 2010 | 10:39 am

quick note.pngI just updated my iPhone and found that all of my music was missing after the update completed. In fact, this is not the case. Checking around the web I see that this is a bug in the latest update. The way to cure it is simply to do a sync with iTunes and after the sync everything will re-appear. The music was not ever deleted, it just seems that the iPhone needs to be re-authorized with iTunes. After I did a sync all my music re-appeared....

iOS 4.2 coming Friday
November 10, 2010 | 2:26 pm

applelogoEngadget reports that iOS 4.2 for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad will become available for download this Friday, to be preceded by the release of iTunes 10.1 on Thursday (or, according to Redmond Pie, today). As we’ve previously reported, iOS 4.2 is going to include a number of advances, most notably adding multitasking, folders, game center, etc. to the iPad, but it will also redefine the iPad’s “orientation lock” switch to a mute switch (with no way for users to change it back). One of the features touted for the new iOS was “AirPrint”, the...

Apple to offer 90-second song previews—whether record labels like it or not
November 4, 2010 | 1:58 pm

dv_fett “I have altered the deal. Pray I do not alter it further.” —Darth Vader, The Empire Strikes Back Remember how all but one of the “big six” print publishers were so quick to hop into bed with Apple and its agency pricing scheme, out of fear that Amazon would sooner or later unilaterally dictate pricing terms to those publishers from its position of marketing strength, that they actually slashed their own e-book revenue to do it? Publishing executives must surely be starting to feel that twinge of regret that comes from waking up with a stranger by...

iTunes U supports EPUB files
November 1, 2010 | 10:48 am

Screen shot 2010-11-01 at 10.47.02 AM.pngGot the following email from Frank Lowney that I thought I should pass on to you: I thought that other Teleread subscribers might be interested in Apple’s not yet widely publicized announcement that the iTunes U service (free to higher education) now supports .epub files which nicely complements the way the iTunes.app supports .epub in RSS feeds. I’ve written two posts to my blog that you may want to draw from should you choose to write this up: Announcement: http://frank-lowney.blogspot.com/2010/10/new-support-for-epub-in-itunes-u.html More Details: http://frank-lowney.blogspot.com/2010/10/more-details-on-itunes-u-support-for.html What is iTunes U? --> http://www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/ For academic types, this is a major development. Of course there is...

DRM complicates library audiobook checkouts
September 26, 2010 | 4:50 pm

padlock[3] On our sister blog Appletell, Bill Stiteler writes about the contortions he had to go through to get a DRM-restricted Overdrive audiobook from his local public library onto his iPod. It turned into a time-consuming process that took far longer than should be necessary for something as simple as checking out a library book. (We covered a webcomic’s look at library audiobook DRM back in March.) Even though the Overdrive Media Console is available for both Mac and PC, only some of its content can be downloaded through the Mac version. Stiteler had to boot into Windows (and...

How to manage your ebook library in iTunes
September 13, 2010 | 9:39 am

images.jpg By Shirl Kennedy, Senior Editor iOS 4 -- which powers the iPad, the iPhone 4, and the iPhone 3GS (for those who have upgraded) – along with iTunes 10 (actually since version 9.2) means iTunes is now able to manage ebooks for use with Apple’s iBooks app. Having spent some time messing around with this, I figured it was worth passing along what I’ve learned. When you open iTunes, you’ll see a Books library in the program’s sidebar, with a little book icon off the to the left. (If you don’t see this, go...

The music event: Why Apple is streaming it, and how to watch without Apple
September 1, 2010 | 11:59 am

appleguitar[1] A couple of further notes about Apple’s event, due to start in just over an hour. Leander Kahney at Cult of Mac has an exclusive tip from an insider who explains that the streaming process is going to serve as a stress test for Apple’s new server farm, which will later be used to stream a version of iTunes for iOS devices. Kahney notes: Some have speculated that Apple is streaming the show to thwart livebloggers, who may have sabotaged Jobs’ iPhone 4 keynote at Apple’s WWDC event in June. Problems with the venue’s...

How-to for determining if iBooks are DRMed misses copyright point
September 1, 2010 | 8:15 am

padlock[1] Katie Gatto at our sister blog Appletell has made a post explaining how to determine which e-books in your iTunes listing are DRM-protected and which are DRM-free. It is a useful little tutorial for those who are not sure (or, for that matter, bother to purchase iBooks titles in the first place). However, annoyingly, Gatto repeatedly conflates DRM with copyright. She begins the article with “If you want to know which of your ebooks are DRM free and which have been protected by copyright,” then mentions that this process “will let you know if a book has...

Enhancing a print title with an iPhone-based walking tour
August 20, 2010 | 11:57 am

Screen shot 2010-08-20 at 11.56.58 AM.png Take a print title and add an iPhone-based walking tour of the many locations mentioned in the book. If you can’t make it to London in the near future the app will likely still prove interesting and informative. New from the Wellcome Collection and Library. From a Blog Post: Wellcome Collection have produced a free iPhone app to accompany the Medical London: City of Diseases, City of Cures book. The app offers an audiovisual tour of Bloomsbury and the surrounding area, delving into the medical heritage quite literally on the Wellcome Library’s doorstep. The original work by author Richard...

Use Dropbox as a cloud bookshelf for Stanza by Piotr Kowalczyk
August 5, 2010 | 8:00 am

Picture-11.pngBy now Stanza is the most robust e-reading application for iOS. It’s packed with features other apps, like Kindle or iBooks are missing. However it has one big disadvantage: no cloud-based bookshelf. The application is associated to a device not an account. There is no way to sync books and bookmarks like in Kindle. It’s fine when you have one device. Things get complicated to those iPhone or iPod Touch users who are buying iPads. They realize that to read books they collected in Stanza, they need to download them again. There are a few ways to transfer books to Stanza. I’d...

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