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Photographer explains why piracy is driving him out of business
September 24, 2014 | 10:37 pm

We hear about Internet piracy and its deleterious effect on creators dozens or hundreds of times every year. In most cases, it’s about music, movies, games, or books that are circulating on peer-to-peer. The arguments rage on and on about whether this piracy is a good thing or a bad thing, whether it provides much-needed exposure to the artist and whether any, many, most, or all of the people who pirate the work would actually have paid for it under other circumstances. Odds are, most regular readers of TeleRead or any other media blog can recite most of the arguments...

A need for piracy?
July 13, 2014 | 11:39 am

piracyGerman expatriate film director (and former World Karate and Kickboxing Champion) Lexi Alexander has posted a very interesting - and already much commented-on - entry on her blog, entitled "Will the Real Pirates Please Stand Up?" As well as a selfie calling on Sweden to "Free Peter Sunde Now," she posts a detailed, passionate, and well-argued statement of the realities of piracy, which while falling well short of a blanket endorsement, makes plenty of room for its positive aspects. And while this is more about Hollywood and films than the Big Five and ebooks, the comparisons should be obvious. Alexander juxtaposes piracy...

Morning Roundup: Crackdown on pirate textbooks. No more TV Guide Canada
July 4, 2014 | 9:00 am

pirate textbooksAuthors Behaving Badly and Authors Who Aren't (Joe Konrath) So a bunch of legacy authors--many of them smart and who should know better--just signed a letter accusing Amazon of things that simply make no sense. *** Global Crackdown on Pirate Textbooks Continue (GoodeReader) There is a global crackdown on organized crime manufacturing illegal student textbooks. A few weeks ago police raided a few locations in Madrid and Seville, seizing 10 professional book scanning machines and arresting three. *** Create UK Highlights Publishing's Economic Success (The Bookseller) Posters highlighting the contribution made to the UK economy by the publishing industry are going up in central London sites, marking...

Worried about ebook theft? Here’s the whole story – in pictures
July 3, 2014 | 2:25 pm

whos-stealing-ebooksThe issue of ebook piracy, whether a serious concern or just an obsession with media owners, simply won't go away. And web hosting blog Who Is Hosting This? has just released a handy infographic on the subject, commissioned from UK design studio NeoMam Studios, that lays it all out for you in black and white – plus blue and a little pink. Naturally, there's considerable argument about the actual data and information on this topic. For instance, the $8.19 billion forecast in the infographic for projected revenue from U.S. ebook sales by 2017 hardly looks significantly impacted by the paltry $10...

Enjoying OverDrive e-books from the Indianapolis Public Library
May 18, 2014 | 2:12 pm

PANO_20140422_152236One of the great things about being in Indianapolis is having the Indianapolis Public Library’s main branch just a few blocks away. It’s a gorgeous place, with plenty of books and excellent facilities. One of those facilities I like the most is an extensive OverDrive e-book collection. The library back in Springfield only had a few thousand titles, and not many I actually wanted. But the Indianapolis library has almost 35,000 fiction titles alone, including all three Hugo nominees Orbit decided not to provide to the Hugo voter packet. This morning I’ve been checking out and downloading a number...

Weekend Roundup: Using ePub Split on Boxed sets. Amazon to launch smartphone in June? and more
April 13, 2014 | 11:57 am

epub splitUsing ePub Split to Create Individual Books From Your Collection from Box Sets (Dear Author) The 99c price tag for these epic box sets of 8, 10, and 14 sets of novels is awesome. However, reading them on a digital device is suboptimal. You don’t get a very good idea of where you are in the novel based on page count or percentage or locations. Further, it’s hard to catalog these books since there are multiple authors for the box set. *** Why Features, Not Speed, Determine How People Select iOS Browsers (GigaOM) Apple may think they hold all the cards when it comes...

Dropbox uses file hashes to comply with DMCA requests. So what?
April 2, 2014 | 2:50 am

Surprise! Dropbox has anti-piracy measures in place. You’ve probably seen the stories by now. When you right-click that file on your drive and ask for a public link that you can share so your friend can download it, Dropbox runs a hash on the file—it basically takes the file’s fingerprint by assigning a specific character to particular bits. If it finds that hash matches a list of hashes that have been declared verboten by DMCA request, it tells you that you can’t share it. (Likewise, it hashes files so that it can save space by only storing one copy of...

Weekend Links: Two months with a Chromebook. Choosing right iOS notetaking app
March 30, 2014 | 11:45 am

chromebookMy Two Months with a Chromebook (Dear Author) I like to try out different types of computers, especially laptops. I’ve needed the portable form factor since I was in graduate school and through the years I’ve tried them all. *** How to Choose the Right iOS App for your Notetaking Needs (GigaOM) With so many note apps in the app store it is hard to pick the right one. Making the correct choice depends on what you are looking for as the best note apps have features all their own. *** More Bad Advice on Piracy for Authors & Readers (The Digital Reader) It is easy...

How misinformation harms authors (or writers or whatever we’re calling ourselves these days)
March 10, 2014 | 2:25 pm

how misinformation harms authorsNate at Digital Reader featured an article in his Morning Coffee about opting out of Scribd if you're a Smashwords author. I was curious as to the reasons the blogger thought I might want to do this, and I read the article. Which I discovered was some serious misinformation. Not surprisingly, the blogger raised the piracy issue, but not the issue I thought he'd raise. I thought he'd talk about how the digital fingerprinting from Scribd was less than perfect and use that as a reason. Nope, he went in a whole 'nother direction. The problem with Scribd’s view on piracy is...

Interesting article on how piracy is devaluing digital goods
March 10, 2014 | 11:15 am

piracy is devaluing digital goodsAlthough it's an older post, it only came across my feed recently, and I thought Baekdal had some interesting points worth sharing. He says the real problem with piracy is the devaluation of digital goods. Here's how he presents this: Imagine that you have $200 left to spend, and you want to buy a new pair of shoes, a new iPad bag (because you feel your old one is looking a bit out-of-date), a couple of books, a movie, an XBOX game, a magazine subscription, and Will.I.am's latest album. Clearly, you can't do that because the total sum is more than the $200 you have....

Dutch intellectual property regime looks like becoming a no-BREINer
February 20, 2014 | 10:25 am

After a series of high-profile instances of both overreach and incapability, Dutch intellectual property lobby group BREIN appears to have been handed a major defeat by Dutch courts. As reported by Slashdot, BREIN appears on track to lose the right to compel Netherlands ISPs to block access to the Pirate Bay, with UPC Netherlands announcing that it will be lifting the blockade even prior to a pending court appeal on the case, with BREIN's acquiescence. The original UPC announcement, in Dutch, is here. BREIN had originally won a court case to compel the blockade, which ISPs promptly challenged. The appeal court...

Morning Roundup: Piracy in Europe, Amazon vs. book publishers and more
February 13, 2014 | 9:00 am

piracyThe Disruption of Education (Teachers with Apps) If we take into account that this disruption will have a technological starting point, we can see what is happening in relation to schools and education in general. *** Amazon vs. Book Publishers, By the Numbers (Forbes) Let’s ignore the overheated rhetoric for the moment and focus on the raw data. *** That's a Lot of Pirating: 68% of Europeans Download or Stream Movies for Free (GigaOM) A study from the European Commission finds huge numbers of people streaming and downloading movies for free. *** eBooks Power Hachette to Strong 2013 Finish (Digital Book World) Hachette Book Group closed last year on an...