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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"...

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. ...

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