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Do You Know How to Pirate?
March 31, 2015 | 2:25 pm

pirateTechdirt's latest on the whole cord-cutting thing was a good one. They make an interesting point, which is this: piracy exists. That might not seem like such a revolutionary statement---surely we all know that?---but their point is is: One gets the sense that media outlets feel like if they so much as even acknowledge that piracy is a real thing -- they'll somehow be taken as advocates for piracy. It's as if piracy is some kind of angry and strange Lovecraftian god, and even mentioning its name will invite unspeakable terror upon the local village. Hear, hear. I have a question for...

Morning Links: Pretending piracy doesn’t exist. Changing roles of bookstores and libraries
March 31, 2015 | 9:00 am

piracyWhen Analyzing Cord Cutting Options, Most TV Analysts Continue To Pretend Piracy Simply Doesn't Exist (Techdirt) One gets the sense that media outlets feel like if they so much as even acknowledge that piracy is a real thing -- they'll somehow be taken as advocates for piracy. It's as if piracy is some kind of angry and strange Lovecraftian god, and even mentioning its name will invite unspeakable terror upon the local village. *** On the Changing Roles of U.S. Bookstores and Libraries (Dear Author) When I first started this series on how people read and buy books, I was surprised by how many...

Morning Links: Illegal music file sharing virtually eliminated in Norway. Auditing media habits
January 27, 2015 | 9:00 am

file sharingRecording Industry Has 'Virtually Eliminated Illegal File-Sharing' In Norway -- By Offering Better Products (Techdirt) A countrywide survey in December 2014 showed that just 4% of Norwegians under 30 years still used illegal file-sharing platforms to get hold of music. *** 4 Lessons From Two Months of Selling Books (Book Riot) A few months ago, I was ecstatic to learn about a new indie bookstore opening in my neighborhood in Chicago. On a whim, I messaged the new owner to congratulate her, and to see if she would be hiring booksellers. *** Authors Playing the Long Game in a Tough Book Market (Digital Book World) In...

Weekend Links: Don’t blame readers for book devaluing. Oscar movie piracy
January 25, 2015 | 9:52 am

oscar movie piracyDon’t Blame Readers If Books Are Being “Devalued” (Book Riot) If you hang out on the bookternet at all, you have no doubt seen one or more pearl-clutching declarations that books are losing their value–especially ebooks, which you can get for as little as NINETY-NINE CENTS (omg)–which is putting literature in great peril. *** Analysis Of Pirated Oscar Movies Shows They're Almost All Available... In HD (And Not From Screeners) (Techdirt) There are some interesting findings in the data, including that screener copies don't matter much any more. *** This Explains Why No Men Were Using Pinterest (GigaOM) If you ever wondered why Pinterest took off...

Cory Doctorow speaks on self-publishing, Amazon, DRM, Hachette, and a whole lot else besides
January 16, 2015 | 10:25 am

IMG_20150115_103208Cory Doctorow came over to Budapest at the invitation of the Center for Media, Data and Society of Central European University to speak on policing computers and other issues. In the course of a fascinating interview with me, he shared a slew of observations on a great many issues, many of which I'll be presenting in subsequent articles. To begin with, though, here are his thoughts on where self-publishing has got to, and what the whole Amazon-Hachette spat reveals about the impact of DRM on the market. The most important thing that self-publishing does isn’t merely enriching the people who succeed in...

Weekend Links: Downsides of Kickstarter model for authors. Piracy an unknown with apps
January 11, 2015 | 11:23 am

kickstarterThe Downsides of the High Risk, Low Reward Kickstart Business Model (Dear Author) The problem with Kickstarters is multi-layered and it requires anyone who donates to understand a couple things. *** Piracy is Just as Much an Unknown With Apps As it is with Books (The Digital Reader) Book piracy has always been hard to quantify, but it turns out that is almost as true for apps. *** Authors Guild Gives Up Trying To Sue Libraries For Digitally Scanning Book Collection (Techdirt) The Authors Guild is basically giving up in this case, saying that should the libraries change their practices, it may want to revisit the...

Weekend Links: Lessons from Kindle Scout. Publishers to sue over pirate eBooks
November 30, 2014 | 9:36 am

kindle scouteBook Publishers May Soon Sue ISP Providers Over Pirate eBooks (GoodeReader) Rightscorp is trying to establish a precedent with suing Cox Communication.  If a judge finds Cox liable for the actions of users on its network, it will have major implications for the company, the cable industry and any ISP in the future who neglects to punish eBook pirates. *** Why Privacy is Like the Frog in the Pot of Boiling Water (GigaOM) Now is the time to take responsibility for our data prior to the the proverbial boil. *** Four Surprising Things I Learned from (Not) Getting a Contract Through Kindle Scout (The Digital Reader) A...

The pirate pay? BitTorrent survey finds users more likely to buy
November 24, 2014 | 4:29 pm

BitTorrentLogo.pngGood news for authors and creatives out there - if you're prepared to believe its source. According to a BitTorrent user survey reported by Torrent Freak - though so far at least I've been unable to access this via BitTorrent Inc. itself - "BitTorrent users are 170% more likely to have paid for digital music in the past six months and are 8x more likely to have a music streaming account when compared to the average Internet user." And there is no reason to assume that figures for ebooks would look any different - meaning that what is reputedly one...

Weekend Links: New publishing manifesto. Fatal flaws of Kickstarter campaigns
November 23, 2014 | 11:04 am

kickstarterNew Publishing? A Manifesto of Sorts (Dear Author) And yet this is a true fact: There are more readers than Walmarts. There are more readers than readers who walk into Walmarts. *** The Philippines Starts to Combat Book Piracy (GoodeReader) The Philippines has become rather serious at combating book piracy in schools and on the consumer level. They are doing this to attract major publishers from Europe and the United States. *** The Four Fatal Flaws of Failed Kickstarter Campaigns (GigaOM) But launching a crowdfunding campaign is no guarantee of success. I want to focus on the common failure points for Kickstarter campaigns, examine why promising startups...

Morning Links: Five small presses killing it. Pelican relaunched with few links to the past
November 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

pelican books logoIn Relaunching Pelican Books, Penguin Breaks With the Past in Pursuit of a Digital Future (The Digital Reader) But in relaunching Pelican Books 30 years after it closed, Penguin has shown that it has either forgotten about or simply doesn’t care about Pelican’s original goal; aside from one small modernization the new Pelican Books bears little resemblance to the old. *** Five Small Presses That Are Absolutely Killing It (Book Riot) Because the scale of production precludes scoring huge names to add to their catalogs, small presses often have the advantage of finding really interesting books by fresh voices that may have gone unnoticed...

Why we need an e-book DRM DMCA exemption
October 30, 2014 | 8:54 pm

It’s that time again. Ars Technica reports that the Copyright Office is accepting petitions on activities to exempt from the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions, making it legal to crack DRM for certain restricted purposes. We’ve reported on this procedure a few times over the last few years. The way it goes is that various people or organizations make proposals and the copyright office considers whether to grant them for the next three years. The exemptions then have to be requested again at the next session if they are to continue. Public Knowledge will be submitting requests to legalize...

Morning Links: Ellora’s Cave vs Dear Author removed to Federal Court. Kindle vs. Kindle
October 23, 2014 | 9:00 am

kindleEllora's Cave vs Dear Author Suit Removed to Federal Court (The Passive Voice) Dear Author has just removed the case from the Ohio state court where it was originally filed to the relevant U.S. District Court in Ohio claiming diversity jurisdiction is present in the case. *** How Piracy Benefits Companies, Even if They Don't Admit it (Lifehacker) We've talked a lot about the legality of piracy a lot here at Lifehacker, but really, you're probably breaking the law everyday anyway. However, piracy can sometimes have its benefits. Even to the companies who own the copyrights. *** Ten Things I've Learned About Life from Blogging (Design...