Baen soon coming to iBooks, finally posts announcements of changes to web site

By libertyc
January 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

A month and a half since Baen made the jump to Amazon availability, the publisher is about to add another feather to its cap. On her forum on the Baen Bar, publisher Toni Weisskopf has mentioned that Baen e-books will soon be available DRM-free in Apple’s iBooks store. A formal announcement will [...]

Baen/Amazon deal takes effect December 15

By libertyc
December 12, 2012 // 2 Comments

Since I originally posted about Baen’s deal with Amazon, a couple more details of about the deal have come to light. First of all, the deadline for buying any of the old Baen bundles is Saturday, December 15th. That’s when the deal with Amazon goes live, and the old $10, $15, and $18 monthly [...]

Baen inks deal with Amazon, makes major changes to Webscriptions and Free Library

By libertyc
December 9, 2012 // 33 Comments

Toni Weisskopf has posted a series of messages to the Baen Bar indicating major changes in the offing for the Baen Ebooks (nee Webscriptions) store. Baen is finally on the verge of getting its titles placed directly into Amazon (and is negotiating with others such as Barnes & Noble, etc.) The [...]

Libraries change with the digital times

By libertyc
May 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

I watched Ghostbusters with my parents recently, and as I was watching the first five minutes, featuring a ghost in a big old library, I was struck by how dated that part of the movie is now, with those big card catalog drawers opening and cards spewing out all over. You’d be hard-pressed to find [...]

If publishers cannot control e-book retail prices, how should they set their own?

By libertyc
May 18, 2012 // 6 Comments

On the Columbia Journalism Review, Ryan Chittum has a rebuttal to a number of recent posts about e-book production costs and price, including the post by Mathew Ingram that I covered here. Though the article is replete with quotes and counter-arguments, but the central thrust seems to be that [...]

Backslash backlash: In Carpe Diem, an e-book markup error also affects print editions

By libertyc
May 15, 2012 // 2 Comments

We’ve all encountered e-book scanning and markup errors , but most of these errors only affect the e-books themselves. It’s a rare error that actually feeds back into the print editions of the books, too! However, I recently came across just such an error. I was working on the TVTropes page for [...]

Some reactions to Tor’s DRM-free announcement

By libertyc
April 25, 2012 // 0 Comments

Yesterday was a day for reactions to the Tor DRM-free announcement, for sure. John Scalzi has a post in which he applauds the move, while featuring a quote from Patrick Nielsen Hayden in which pnh indicates that Tor will in no way be scaling back its efforts to fight piracy just because it’s [...]

In wake of Pottermore releases, Harry Potter piracy fought by community, Mike Shatzkin reports

By libertyc
April 25, 2012 // 1 Comment

In Mike Shatzkin’s latest essay about publishing, collecting his insights about this year’s London Book Fair, an interesting paragraph leaps out at me. Shatzkin was talking to Pottermore CEO Charlie Redmayne about the DRM-free release of the Harry Potter books, and reports being startled by [...]

Tor/Forge e-books to be completely DRM-free by July

By libertyc
April 24, 2012 // 8 Comments

Well, that didn’t take very long. The first major publishing imprint has announced it is going to go entirely DRM-free. Tor/Forge has just posted a press announcement to that its entire list of e-books will be available DRM-free, both through the current vendors and through retailers that [...]

Fear of piracy leads to copyright warning scare tactics

By libertyc
April 7, 2012 // 11 Comments

Is paranoia over piracy leading publishers to extremes that could turn off their readers? Book reviewer Rebecca Blain was nonplussed to open a review copy of an e-book and discover a copyright warning that spanned several pages and included a threat of $250,000 fines for sharing it. She followed up [...]

Baen revamps the Baen Bar to revive old features, add stability

By libertyc
March 20, 2012 // 2 Comments

I’ve long enjoyed hanging around on the Baen Bar, the password-protected web forum where many of e-book pioneer SF publisher Baen’s authors, staff, and readers hang out and communicate with each other—though my ardor for the forum had cooled over its last couple of incarnations. In recent [...]

Fighting piracy without DRM is not always successful

By libertyc
February 3, 2012 // 2 Comments

Gizmodo reprints an article from Maximum PC about “seven ways to stop piracy without DRM”—aimed at computer game developers, but also mostly applicable to other media that are traditionally DRM’d, such as movies, music, or e-books. The suggestions combine the sorts of things that folks like [...]

Baen Webscriptions is now

By libertyc
January 4, 2012 // 8 Comments

Baen has rebranded its Webscriptions program, changing the name of the site to, redesigning its look, and renaming the monthly e-book package program to “Monthly Baen Bundles”. All account information and previously purchased bundles will remain the same under the new site, [...]

E-Book Review: In Enemy Hands (Honor Harrington #7)

By libertyc
November 24, 2011 // 3 Comments

As I mentioned in my review of Honor Among Enemies, with In Enemy Hands the Honorverse series changes from a pure space navy series to something more politically-based. While there are still plenty of naval battles in the offing, at times the space combat takes a distinct back seat to all the [...]

E-book review: Of treecats and grapeshot (Honor Harrington short stories)

By libertyc
October 23, 2011 // 0 Comments

Next up, chronologically, in the Honorverse are a pair of short stories. Although they have nothing to do with each other, they both cover events that become important in the next book. And they both involve events of great change to their respective worlds—one not violently, but the other very [...]

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