cory doctorow

Updates: On Tim Wu and orphan works

By Chris Meadows
September 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here are a couple of follow-up pieces on yesterday’s Google Books matter. First of all, the author of the New Yorker piece under discussion, Tim Wu, is joining the office of the New York State Attorney General to focus on issues involving technology. Wu, who is known for coining the term “net [...]

How to hide a Wi-Fi file sharing box in an innocent-looking paper notebook

By Chris Meadows
September 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Want to be able to tuck a hidden Wi-Fi router away in your pocket or purse for covertly sharing secret files? Node has a how-to guide that will show you how to hollow out a small paper notebook and put the guts of a portable Wi-Fi router and USB micro-SD adapter inside, creating an [...]

AWOL from the Net: Enough parent-child media, says Cory Doctorow

By David Rothman
August 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Cory Doctorow says the Internet needs more parent-child media, as opposed to more censorship and firewalls. Read his Guardian column here. He’s welcome to agree or not, but his thinking is very much in line with the idea of cell phone book clubs. They could take many form, but one of my favorites [...] 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 Kindle e-books, or using one of their monthly credits. But since Audible’s books contain DRM, in [...]

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 [...]

Writers and GamerGate

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 24, 2014 // 1 Comment

Anyone not living under the same rock that many of its adherents crawled out from under will surely know by now about GamerGate, the supposed activist movement to defend traditional computer gaming standards and values, which has mushroomed into an umbrella grouping for all kinds of self-righteous [...]

Webcomic ‘Help Desk’ takes on e-book DRM

By Chris Meadows
July 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

If you could use a good chuckle, webcomic “Help Desk” has just started a storyline focusing on e-book DRM. (The storyline then continues here.) It seems to have been inspired by the letter that Cory Doctorow received from Hachette about DRM. Since some authors publish with Tor in the USA but [...]

Dumping DRM is not a panacea

By Chris Meadows
June 20, 2014 // 10 Comments

As I’ve watched the e-book market develop, I’ve gradually lost a good deal of patience with the argument that DRM is the thing keeping people locked into the Amazon Kindle ecosystem. The latest example to pop up comes via Cory Doctorow’s latest column in The Guardian (found via BoingBoing). [...]

London’s Literary Conference 2014 targets digiterati/digital wannabes

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

The UK's Literary Consultancy, self-described as "the UK’s most established editorial consultancy, supported by Arts Council England," and "the UK's leading editorial assessment service," has launched The Literary Conference, billed as "an essential event for writers and those working with them, to catch up on the very latest in technology and thinking in the book publishing world." [...]

Humble Bundle about to launch third e-book bundle

By Chris Meadows
March 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

The launch of the new Humble Bundle is still just under two hours away (until then, you have one last chance to snag some terrific Android games, nine of them for under $4—Zombie Gunship is some crazy fun!) but Publishers Weekly has just revealed what the new one is going to be. It’s going to [...]

Humble Bundle plans to expand e-book, audiobook offerings

By Chris Meadows
March 3, 2014 // 1 Comment

Remember the Humble E-Book Bundles? Humble’s done a couple of them (not counting the ones by other bundle sites) plus an audiobook bundle, and wants to do more. Calvin Reid has a great article at Publishers Weekly looking at the Humble Bundle e-book program in depth. It has some interesting [...]

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