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Textbook Piracy: Growing problem or reasonable solution?
August 23, 2013 | 6:59 pm

online learningCollege ended about 10 years ago for me. That wasn’t the dark ages of technology. We all had laptops and cell phones and constantly checked email. We all worried about the prices of textbooks too. Part of me wonders what it would be like if I went to college now. Colleges are starting their fall semesters right about now, and students are scrambling to find cheap versions of their textbooks for classes. These costs add up. College students find themselves spending hundreds of dollars just on books alone. I was lucky, and tended to read the books in the library or buy them...

Wizards of the Coast starts selling D&D PDFs again
January 23, 2013 | 3:31 am

ScreenClip(45) Remember how, back in 2009, Wizards of the Coast pulled all its PDF products from on-line gaming store Paizo and announced it was ceasing PDF sales altogether? Apparently it only took about four years for the company to change its mind again. Wired’s GeekDad reports that WotC has launched a new e-book store site,, in conjunction with on-line RPG e-book seller DriveThruRPG. The site currently offers over 80 products ranging in age from the old red and blue books up to the latest 4E stuff, with prices ranging from $4.99 for older products to $17.99 for...

Wiley unmasks file-sharing Dummies, goes forward with suit
March 28, 2012 | 11:51 pm

PaidContent has an update on the status of “For Dummies” publisher John Wiley’s court cases against individuals accused of illicitly sharing various “For Dummies” books via BitTorrent. The company was able to unmask 46 “John Doe” defendants, 40 of whom were dropped from the case after apparently settling for an undisclosed amount. The publisher is going to go forward with suing the remaining, now-identified six. It’s not clear whether any settlements Wiley gets out of this case will cover even a fraction of the costs of bringing it, or whether it will act as a deterrent or just make...

Wiley adds more IP addresses to file sharing lawsuit
November 26, 2011 | 11:32 am

John Wiley & Sons has expanded its lawsuit against P2P sharers of its books, adding 46 new “John Does”—file sharers identified only by their IP addresses until Wiley can get their ISPs to fork over their actual identities. This list is made up of people who shared Cooking Basics for Dummies and Vegetable Gardening for Dummies. PaidContent speculates that Wiley’s goal is to force defendants to settle for a few thousand dollars, as with the RIAA, RightHaven, and other litigators before it. However, this sort of legal approach has proved risky lately, with one recent judge ruling that...

J.K. Rowling reportedly considering Harry Potter e-books…again
April 4, 2011 | 10:34 pm

The Scotsman reports that J.K. Rowling’s agents have announced she is at last considering an e-book release of her beloved Harry Potter series. If this sounds familiar, it’s because her agents said the exact same thing last May. Strangely, nothing ever came of it in the eleven months since. Sure does take her a while to make up her mind, doesn’t it? Certainly, Rowling’s 800-page megatomes are immensely suitable for e-book release—heavier than some college textbooks, they have undoubtedly wreaked considerable havoc on the spines of young readers who had no choice but to tote them to school...

DRM promotes e-book piracy, and e-book piracy is on the rise
October 7, 2010 | 7:15 am

padlock[2] Matt Bradbeer has a piece on FuturEBook looking at the ineffectiveness and irritation of e-book DRM. It is very similar to the piece we posted here a few days ago talking about much the same thing. In Bradbeer’s words: DRM is easily removed and therefore pointless, costly and a barrier to sale. DRM does not stop piracy, it is restrictive and therefore it promotes piracy. He points out that DRM is easy to remove for those people with a little technical know-how, whereas people without the know-how but...

Piracy may not be killing music after all, and the relevance to e-books
April 19, 2010 | 2:23 pm

This article is not directly related to e-books, but e-music and its relationship to CDs are only a short jump away from e-books and their relationship to paper books—and it got me thinking about those similarities. “Ernesto” on the peer-to-peer news blog TorrentFreak takes a look at music industry sales statistics and points out that, as much as the RIAA likes to complain about it, piracy is actually not killing music sales. Ernesto notes that the digital music market—which would compete more directly with digital music piracy than the sale of physical CDs—shows no signs of faltering. ...

Ex-eReader employee on the past and future of e-books
February 2, 2009 | 10:52 pm

ebook-time-machine-2-thumb-640xauto-991 Ars Technica today has a great (and long—it goes on for seven pages) feature editorial about the past and future of e-books by Ars columnist John Siracusa. Siracusa, who took a job at the company that would eventually become eReader back when it was still called Palm Digital Media, has some fascinating insights and opinions about how e-books got started, what they are now, and what they might become. Siracusa holds several opinions about e-books that may seem controversial. For example, he feels that people still don't "get" e-books even now—which is why e-books have been so slow to catch...

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