cory doctorow

The problem with watermarking

By libertyc
July 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

Remember SiDiM, that supposedly novel idea for secretly watermarking a text by changing random words in order to be able to tell who leaked it? (“Novel” is right. Tom Clancy’s protagonist in The Hunt for Red October proposed something similar as a way to tell who leaked classified documents.) [...]

The Apple trial, agency pricing, and The Battle of $9.99

By libertyc
June 21, 2013 // 5 Comments

So, arguments wrapped up today in the Department of Justice’s anti-trust case against Apple. Juli Monroe has already done an excellent job of pulling out some slides from the Powerpoint shows and noting what the wavy lines on the charts mean. Over on Fortune, Philip Elmer-Dewitt covers the [...]

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 [...]

Kobo's response to the WH Smith DRM situation

By Dan Eldridge
March 21, 2013 // 1 Comment

Yesterday morning, we brought to your attention a rather unusual situation that had been taking place in the WH Smith e-retail store: Kobo e-books that were meant to be DRM-free had been listed on the WH Smith site as having digital rights management software added. Even books that had been [...]

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: [...]

Check out my first-ever e-book reader!

By libertyc
March 14, 2013 // 10 Comments

I mentioned earlier that it’s been spring cleaning week here. Well, in amongst one of those random boxes of this and that, I unearthed this gem: my first-ever e-book reader! Back when I purchased this puppy for $50 plus shipping off eBay (a fortune!), it was 2005 and I was living in New [...]

Book Promotion: What Works, What Doesn’t

By libertyc
March 5, 2013 // 4 Comments

Thanks to Nate over at The Digital Reader for alerting me to this great blog post by author Lindsay Buroker. Buroker runs through a number of Amazon ‘tricks’ which, for various reasons, are losing steam as powerhouse author tools. Some tools, such as tagging and keyword manipulation, [...]

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 [...]

Games Workshop, self-publishing author battle over ‘space marines’

By libertyc
February 9, 2013 // 6 Comments

Self-publishing has a lot of advantages and just as many countervailing drawbacks. The biggest advantage is, of course, you get to be your own boss and can publish whatever you want to, without some publisher taking a cut of the money. But the dark side of this freedom is that it can leave you [...]

Aaron Swartz suicide represents gross miscarriage of justice

By libertyc
January 13, 2013 // 2 Comments

On Friday, Aaron Swartz was found dead in his apartment; he’d apparently hanged himself. Swartz was only 26, a brilliant and troubled young man who suffered from clinical depression, and also an Internet activist who spoke out and acted out in favor of making access to public information more [...]

My 5 Favorite Sources for DRM-Free E-Books, part 2 of 2

By libertyc
October 21, 2012 // 6 Comments

From Part 1: I love DRM-free books! I know that for most people, DRM is an issue they might not think about often; if their books work, they’re happy. But for many more experienced e-book users, it’s an issue to care about. Unless, that is, you buy and read books that are DRM-free. The books [...]

Review: Pirate Cinema, by Cory Doctorow

By libertyc
October 13, 2012 // 1 Comment

Cory Doctorow—blogger, former EFF employee, and all-around Internet activist—has a new novel out. It’s part of the Humble E-Book Bundle I mentioned a few days ago. It’s also available for free, separate from said bundle, from his website. I bought the bundle, and also checked [...]

The Humble Bundle finally does e-books

By libertyc
October 10, 2012 // 3 Comments

You may have noticed I haven’t posted anything at The Digital Reader lately. It was a fun run, but sometimes things just don’t work out. Fortunately, Dan Eldridge was kind enough to extend an offer to me to write here again, and I’m happy to be back where I was for six years before leaving. [...]

Salon Magazine still alive and kicking

By libertyc
July 25, 2012 // 0 Comments

Digiday has a brief piece on beleaguered online magazine Salon. I remember the days, a dozen years or so ago, when Salon was the face of the future of online news media. It had many fascinating feature articles. It was where I first learned about the Palm Pilot, and began my ever-since love affair [...]

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