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Night Vale co-creator shares secrets of success: Love and integrity

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Welcome to Night Vale has long passed the point where it needs any introduction, with the spinoff book deal just one of the many developments around the hugely popular, slightly unsettling podcast series bringing news and wackiness from America’s spookiest community. Now, series co-creator [...]

Mega Weekend Roundup: Why the future of books is safe; new Salinger books on the way; much more

By Dan Eldridge
August 25, 2013 // 1 Comment

New biography claims new Salinger books due out (ABC News via AP) The authors of a new J.D. Salinger biography are claiming they have cracked one of publishing’s greatest mysteries: What “The Catcher in the Rye” novelist was working on during the last half century of his life. * * [...]

Locus Awards 2013 Ballot Announced

By libertyc
May 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

From Boing Boing comes news of this year’s Locus nominees, shared there because one of its editors, Cory Doctorow, is nominated. I am not a huge SF reader, so most of these have stayed off my radar. But if you go for that stuff, enjoy this list of good books! SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL • The [...]

Updated: WH Smith adding DRM to Cory Doctorow books, and others'

By Dan Eldridge
March 20, 2013 // 3 Comments

Could there possibly be a modern author better known for his extremely anti-DRM stance than Cory Doctorow? Certainly not many, at any rate. But Kobo owners visiting the WH Smith e-retail store and attempting to buy Doctorow’s books would be forgiven for thinking otherwise: [...]

Class Action Lawsuit Against Amazon and Publishers Misses the Mark

By libertyc
February 21, 2013 // 5 Comments

According to the Huffington Post, three independent bookstores are filing a class action suit against Amazon and the “Big Six” publishers. Alyson Decker of Blecher & Collins PC, lead counsel acting for the bookstores, described DRM as “a problem that affects many independent [...]

Our upcoming TOC 2013 coverage

By Dan Eldridge
February 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

O’Reilly’s annual Tools of Change for Publishing conference just got underway this morning at the New York Marriott Marquis in Manhattan. And while we unfortunately weren’t able to make it New York for the event’s first day, we will be on the scene, tweeting and reporting [...]

Amazon’s zapping of customer’s Kindle library shows why we need library-provided ‘content lockers’ (Updated)

By libertyc
October 22, 2012 // 6 Comments

What if Amazon wiped out all your Kindle books and refused to let you open another account? I don’t know what if any sins a customer committed, but such an Orwellian scenario is said to have actually happened. No, I’m not just talking about the remote deletion of 1984, but rather [...]

Morning Roundup — Links To Start Your Day

By libertyc
September 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

Chapters will Have the Kobo Mini & Glo September 30th (Good E-Reader) >>> Nintendo 3DS to get Bookstore in Japan (The Digital Reader) How Indie Bookstores Failed to Recognize the Buying Power of the Mass-Market Reader (Dear Author) Going Blind? DRM will Dim Your World (Boing Boing) [...]

Harvard Business Review Press Joins the DRM-Free Crowd

By libertyc
September 15, 2012 // 0 Comments

When the O’Reilly and TOR publishing companies announced their now-historic decisions to drop all DRM from their respective e-books, it’s probably fair to say that the digital reading community felt nearly as vindicated as it did relieved, and elated. But for the most part, [...]

Public.Resource.Org challenges payment-required laws

By libertyc
March 21, 2012 // 2 Comments

Public.Resource.Org archivist Carl Malamud has a guest post on BoingBoing talking about a use case for e-books if ever there was one. However, for this project he is actually starting out with paper—thirty pounds of it. Malamud writes about the peculiar phenomenon of secret, payment-required laws [...]

Lessons from 10 years of Pepys’ diaries online

By libertyc
April 14, 2011 // 0 Comments

  For ten years, Phil Gyford has been republishing Samuel Pepys’s diaries online in one-entry-per-day chunks. On the way, he and a growing community of readers, historians, literary scholars and enthusiasts have annotated Pepys’s legendary accounts of life in 17th century London. In [...]

Make Magazine now available in DRM-free PDF

By libertyc
November 14, 2010 // 0 Comments

Mark Frauenfelder, editor in chief of MAKE Magazine, has posted at BoingBoing that all back-issues of MAKE are now available for purchase in DRM-free PDF format. The price is $9.99 per issue, or all 24 standard plus 2 special issues thus far for $199.99. This is $5 less per issue than the paper [...]

Portable lighthouse keeper libraries

By libertyc
October 5, 2010 // 1 Comment

From BoingBoing: Here’s a beautiful display of the portable libraries that were once supplied to Michigan’s lighthouse keepers; click through for a partial bibliography of titles, including “MY APINGI KINGDOM: WITH LIFE IN THE GREAT SAHARA, AND SKETCHES OF THE CHASE OF THE [...]

New info from Boing Boing on the secret copyright treaty

By libertyc
September 8, 2010 // 0 Comments

Here are two important posts from Boing Boing about what is going on behind the closed doors of a government in the pockets of the entertainment industry. Latest leaked draft of secret copyright treaty: US trying to cram DRM rules down the world’s throats Michael Geist writes in with the [...]

Cory Doctorow reports on his DRM negotiations

By libertyc
August 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

From Boing Boing: My August Publishers Weekly column reports in on my experiment to see which of the major ebook stores would carry my books without DRM, and with a text disclaimer at the beginning that released readers from the crazy, abusive license agreements that most of these stores demand as [...]

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