Humble Book Bundle offers Star Wars trilogy radio dramas for $15

By Chris Meadows
August 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Force is with us. It must be. Why else would the Humble Bundle put out a deal like this now? The latest Humble Book Bundle consists of Star Wars audiobook titles. There are a number of DRM-free [...]

Mike Shatzkin discusses smartphone reading, German ‘soft’ DRM move

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Mike Shatzkin has posted his latest thoughts on the state of the publishing industry. This time he notices the trends toward increased smartphone e-reading and German conglomerates removing [...]

Bertelsmann Random House announces it will drop ‘hard’ DRM on German trade e-books

By Chris Meadows
August 18, 2015 // 4 Comments

When Holtzbrinck, parent company of Macmillan, announced it was dropping restrictive DRM from its books on the German trade publication market, David Rothman wrote, “Let’s hope that the [...]

Students vs. textbook gouges: How they’re coping—and how ‘bought’ our copyright system is

By David Rothman
August 8, 2015 // 3 Comments

Mary Jarvis of Cornell University, a campus correspondent for USA Today, tells how college students are coping with outrageous textbook prices—sometimes with cameras or copying machines. I’m [...]

Storybundle, Humble Bundle offer diverse pay-what-you-want e-book collections

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

Storybundle is back with an interesting set of bundles. The main one that caught my notice was the “Women in Sci-Fi” bundle, which I saw mentioned on Mike Glyer’s “File 770” blog. Curated [...]

‘DRM: A Model of the Past?’ Will big publishers elsewhere catch up with those in Germany?

By David Rothman
July 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

You already know that Holtzbrinck is shedding hard DRM. Now here’s a report, from Publishing Perspectives, saying that Holtzbrinck, parent company of The Macmillan Group, has plenty of company [...]

New e-book software on the way from New York Public Library: Relief ahead for DRM-tortured patrons in your city, too?

By David Rothman
July 6, 2015 // 5 Comments

“Tired of DRM and customer log-in schemes used to sell you more stuff? Simply enter your library card number…once…and start reading, from your library, for free. If you don’t [...]

Why DRM Leaves Such a Sour Taste in My Mouth

By Joanna Cabot
July 1, 2015 // 10 Comments

I have made no secret in the past about my hatred of DRM. Well, now the sour taste it leaves in my mouth is literal and not just figurative. With the death, early Monday morning, of the Keurig [...]

E-book-lovers vs. proprietary formats (yes, P is still evil)

By David Rothman
June 6, 2015 // 10 Comments

TeleRead writers traditionally have been strong supporters of e-book standards. No blinking. No hesitation. ePub is the way to go in most cases. The majority of us have just hated proprietary formats [...]

Does anyone even want cross-platform e-book interoperability?

By Chris Meadows
June 6, 2015 // 6 Comments

Proprietary e-book formats have been around for quite some time. Most major commercial vendors use proprietary formats to one extent or another, be they Amazon’s Kindle format or the proprietary [...]

Happy Day Against DRM!

By Joanna Cabot
May 6, 2015 // 7 Comments

As numerous blogs are reporting, today is International Day Against DRM and many of our favourite DRM-free publishers are offering deals and specials. Here are two good ones: 1) O’Reilly Press [...]

Audible.com offers great audiobooks, lousy player applications

By Chris Meadows
February 14, 2015 // 11 Comments

Audible has a great selection of audiobook downloads, and reasonable prices—especially if you buy during one of their frequent sales, using the discount offer for buying them together with certain [...]

Cory Doctorow on the parallels between DRM and cybersecurity policy

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

In the course of my recent extended interview with Cory Doctorow in Budapest, I asked him whether he saw parallels between post-Charlie Hebdo government attitudes towards cybersecurity and Big [...]

Apple music DRM case wraps up with final witness

By Chris Meadows
December 14, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Apple iTunes DRM case proceeds apace. After finding a replacement plaintiff to supplant those who were found not to have bought iPods during the required time period, the case moved forward, [...]

Judge Cote rules DRM removal for fair use is not copyright infringement

By Chris Meadows
December 10, 2014 // 7 Comments

The Apple anti-trust case continues to have some interesting fallout. The EFF today issued a press release concerning Judge Denise Cote last month dismissing some charges in a related case, [...]

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