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How do we know our eBooks aren’t being altered?
April 18, 2014 | 2:32 pm

ebookI read a very interesting post this week at GoodeReader, which asked this question: how do we know our eBooks aren't being altered? When I first read the headline, I thought this would be about post-publication correction, which I don't think is necessarily a bad thing. I don't want my books to be re-written whole cloth after they have been bought and read, but I welcome revisions which involve correcting typos or improving poor formatting. But our friends at GoodeReader are asking about something else. From the article: In a recent thread at the e-reading website MobileRead one user explained their reasons of...

Don’t Go to Art School, Part 2: The Nearly-Free English Degree, Year One
August 20, 2013 | 4:27 pm

schoolRead the entire "Don't Go to Art School" series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * In the initial post of my new "Don't Go to Art School" series, I shared with you a great little blog post by an artist who exhorted his peers to skip an expensive art school degree, and to educate themselves, DIY-style. I promised to share with you a similar plan that would give you the equivalent in another curriculum area: the humanities. So, here we go: Part One of the "Nearly-Free English Degree." We'll be structuring this particular program using the same format I followed for...

Dutch courage needed as Netherlands copyright group BREIN seeks e-book buyer data
August 16, 2013 | 12:10 pm

NetherlandsAn ugly spat is brewing in the Netherlands, normally regarded as a staid and relatively free-thinking jurisdiction, over draconian moves by the local copyright enforcement body to gain access to e-book customer data to track piracy. According to a report in TorrentFreak based on original Dutch sources, local e-book vendors working with the eBoekhuis platform have agreed with BREIN, the Dutch copyright-holders' group, to digitally watermark e-book downloads and to link the watermarks with individual purchasers. The buyers' details will not only be logged for two years, but will also be compared against watermarks of any pirated copies found online, and...

Sockpuppet Scandal! Ectaco Called Out Online
July 26, 2013 | 9:23 pm

EctacoThere's an interesting story brewing at Mobile Read about two user accounts which were banned for 'sock puppet' activities--these were posters who created regular accounts and posted as regular users, but were actually employees at Ectaco who were posting as such and trying to build up buzz for their company. The thread announcing this little bot of detective work has over 3,000 views, with some posters condemning the Ectaco folks and others shrugging and chiding them for being so dumb. Nate at The Digital Reader does some additional digging around and points out that Ectaco's activities were not just limited to Mobile Read;...

The Paradox of Cooking Shows
July 16, 2013 | 12:30 pm

cooking showsCasual Kitchen, a cooking blog I follow, has a great post about the 'paradox' of cooking shows—namely that, between cookbooks, cooking shows, Pinterest, the Internet and so on, more cooking info is available to people than ever before, but yet, paradoxically, they actually cook loss. From the article: "There's only a fixed amount of time in a day, right? So if you squander an hour in front of the tube (even if it's watching Guy Fieri make obtuse comments about somebody's chicken wings) that's an hour stolen from your day that you could have spent... cooking." I wonder if the same thing is...

My DRM-Free Year, Month 3: Read an E-Book Week
March 28, 2013 | 11:02 am

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * For this third month of my DRM-free year, the big event was Read an E-Book Week. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed with the offerings. Most authors seemed to simply re-list whatever they had last year—some of these books didn't interest me then or now, and others I had already explored. A few others had impressed me in previous years and then had nothing new on offer. I have downloaded fewer and fewer books in each successive Read an E-Book Week year... Thank goodness for the message boards! A...

New OverDrive Site Not Meeting User Expectations?
January 30, 2013 | 2:49 pm

Late last year, OverDrive began rolling out a new look to their site. My own library in Fairfax County had a "New Look Coming" banner up for several weeks. When I tried it out for the first time, my reaction was, "Not great, but I can live with it." I wasn't crazy about the new thumbnail view of the catalog. Maybe it's just me, but I find it easiest to process information in lists, not in blocks of images. I also missed the feature that told me exactly where I was in the hold line. The old site would tell me,...

Kindle source code points to Prime e-book loan program
September 24, 2011 | 7:59 pm

The eBook Reader blog reports on a discovery in a MobileRead forum thread of a variable in some Amazon source code pointing to something called “Prime eBooks”. There is a variable in the code named PRIME_EBOOKS_COMPATIBLE, and a “prime_active_delete” command that asks readers if they’re sure they want to delete and return a library loan. Of course, we already knew Amazon was trying to sweet-talk publishers into letting it implement such a program, separate and distinct from the Overdrive Kindle library loan program it’s just launched, and it was said that Amazon would bundle it into its Amazon...

Project Gutenberg turns its attention to cell phone reading
July 25, 2010 | 2:17 pm

cell_phone_with_pic A MobileRead forumgoer reports that the latest Project Gutenberg newsletter contains an announcement of a new Project Gutenberg mobile website, m.gutenberg.org. The site is to be optimized not just for iPhones, but for any mobile phone including browsing-enabled dumbphones. Writes Gutenberg: There are 4.5 billion such devices in the world, versus only 1.15 billion computers, and more and more readers, in spite of what the pundits say, are surfing, reading, and everything else on such mobile devices. We’ve previously covered a couple of stories—earlier this year, and last year—on the possibility of using...

Quick Notes: Twitter leads, Kindle news, true ‘e-paper’, and more
May 24, 2010 | 8:58 am

MediaBistro’s eBookNewser and GalleyCat have been putting together a directory of good Twitter accounts to follow for e-book news. Gratifyingly, our very own Paul Biba tops their list. Thanks for the mention, MediaBistro! Engadget reports that Amazon and ASUS are teaming up to pre-install the Kindle Reader software on some of the netbooks and laptops ASUS sells through Amazon. Engadget speculates that the pre-installation might extend to ASUS’s forthcoming Eee Pad tablet, but expects to hear more about that at an upcoming industry event. Also found on Engadget, Amazon’s Kindle 2.5 software is now rolling...

Next major EPUB revision under discussion on Mobileread
April 9, 2010 | 8:59 pm

Nate the Great posts over on the Mobileread forum that the EPUB Maintenance Working Group is in the process of minor revisions of EPUB from v2.0 to v2.0.1, while identifying problems to tackle in the next major revision. Two weeks have been set aside for public comment, of which three days have passed so far. Nate has started a Mobileread forum topic for each of 13 different types of problems faced by the EPUB format, and hopes that Mobileread forumgoers might have some helpful ideas to discuss. The topics include: rich...