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Weekend Roundup: Digital rights protection and the future of writing
June 30, 2013 | 10:52 am

Weekend Roundup3 Reasons Why Facebook Can't Replace Your Author Website (Jane Friedman) I’ve occasionally been asked by authors at conferences: Why not just use Facebook? Isn’t that where everyone is spending their time already? Why would people visit my site? Why bother with all the effort of establishing a site, which, if it becomes dusty or out-of-date, could be more damaging than no website at all? * * * Digital rights protection and the future of writing (The Guardian) SiDiM, an ingenious new rights protections system, may point the way to the experimental literature of the future. Germany's FraunhoferInstitute recently revealed that it is working on a new digital...

Follow that Story: TeleRead Slays the Blognix Beast!
May 7, 2013 | 4:30 pm

BlognixSome of you may remember a post we ran last Wednesday, May 1, about a ridiculous website calling itself Blognix, and which had seemingly cloned TeleRead's entire site—content, design and all. Well, I suppose I was remiss in mentioning that just two days later, and without too much of a hassle, frankly, the head of NAPCO's IT department succeeded in squashing Blognix like the sad and pitiful little project it was. Incredibly though, Blognix morphed like an amoeba almost immediately after ridding itself of its bogus TeleRead cloak; it's now cloning a website called Cheap Tech For Me. Take a look for...

Irish Senator proposes “pay to post” Internet
March 6, 2013 | 1:45 pm

Using an iPhone in Ireland to connect to the Internet? Get your passport out. The legislature of Ireland, the Oireachtas Éireann, is exploring the topic of Internet safety and cyberbullying, and the possible need for legislation and regulation of online comments. It’s going about as well as you might imagine, with one senator, Eamonn Coghlan, suggesting that people should pay to post online. Coghlan has also suggested that Internet users use a passport to register their IP address. According to this story in The Irish Examiner, Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte went on to suggest at the same meeting that American companies, such as Facebook and...

“Is Vogue planning a 119-year digital archive?”
August 5, 2011 | 3:21 pm

From the Los Angeles Times: Does Vogue magazine have a digital archive in the works -- one would stretch all the way back to its original 1892 issue? Rumors say that's exactly what the long-lived fashion magazine is up to. The blog Fashionista reads the tea leaves: Vogue editor Anna Wintour attending the Webbys in June, accepting her magazine's "People's Voice" award by saying, "Sometimes, geeks can be chic." (Webby Award winners must give five-word speeches). Vogue publisher Susan Plagemann telling AdWeek that the magazine will be rolling out a new Web property in December. She declined to specify what that might be. A "reliable...

Apple’s new rules create a usability problem in ebook apps
July 25, 2011 | 11:05 am

If you're one of those people who loads up your iOS device with lots of apps, you've possibly already experienced the problem Martin Taylor is having this morning: When I try to download an ebook from the Kobo store using the Safari web browser on my iPad -- this is the new procedure users must follow now that Kobo's in-app store has been cut off from the iPhone and iPad -- the ebooks won't open in the Kobo reading app. Instead, what I was offered to open my Kobo ebook was a choice of Bluefire or OverDrive, two Adobe DRM-compliant reading...

“Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, 3rd Edition” to be published online only, with free access
July 7, 2011 | 9:21 am

Through an arrangement with Orion Publishing Group imprint Victor Gollancz, the third edition of the massive Encyclopedia—first published in 1979—will launch later this year in online digital format only. About 75% of the projected final content will be available at launch, with the remainder to be added through 2012, for an estimated total of 3 million words. Although the book will be freely accessible and evolving through monthly updates, it won't be crowdsourced or editable. As to why Gollancz is footing the bill for this, an Orion executive told FutureBook that the publisher has some sort of "not entirely altruistic"...

Ficbot’s websites for authors and readers
July 4, 2011 | 9:49 am

Teleread's frequent contributor Joanna, aka Ficbot, has made her various ebook resources easier to find. She writes, "I have consolidated some of my on-line projects into a single handy website: the e-Finds Book Pages! It's your central gathering place for The Indie eBook Hall of Fame, the eBacklist Collection, the best of my Teleread Articles and more! The site comes in two flavours: The Author Page has info, articles, books and web links of interest to indie ebook authors The Reader Page has links to reviews, curated collections and blogs of interest to readers Via E-Finds...

Open Knowledge Foundation launches to map the world’s open data collections
July 1, 2011 | 9:13 am

From the Open Knowledge Foundation Blog yesterday: "We're very pleased to announce an alpha version of, a website to help keep track of open data catalogues from around the world. [...] This is just the beginning of what we hope will become an invaluable resource for anyone interested in finding, using or having an overview of data catalogues from around the world." Via INFOdocket...

Internet surpasses newspapers in percentage of American readers
March 1, 2010 | 8:15 am

newspaper-stack[1] Ars Technica reports that a new Pew survey shows that more Americans now get their news from the Internet than from newspapers. This puts the internet into a solid third-place position as sole provider of news, right behind national and local TV stations. And thanks to mobile Internet and social networking, a significant number of these readers take their news mobile, or help disseminate it via social networks or e-mail. Likewise, the majority of people (59%) still get their news from both on-line and off-line sources. Only 17 percent said they read the print...

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