Digital rights management

Voice Dream text-to-speech reader to appear for Android in August

By David Rothman
June 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve praised the Voice Dream e-reader as a stellar way to enjoy text to speech of files in ePub, HTML, plain text, Word and other formats. Other apps offer TTS. But Voice Dream Reader also comes with wonderful navigational and annotative capabilities as well as a rich assortment of voices. It’s [...]

Tor looks back on two DRM-free years, launches new novella imprint

By Chris Meadows
May 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Tor has posted an interesting article on covering Tor Books president and publisher Tom Doherty’s presentation at BEA today. First of all, he discussed the aftereffects of removing DRM from Tor books. He said much the same thing Tor said at the one-year-mark. Citing Baen’s example, he [...]

Want to boost your sales 10%? Remove all DRM

By libertyc
December 17, 2013 // 6 Comments

Coverage courtesy of Ron Miller in Computerworld has brought to light a research paper published last month which brings fresh data points to the anti-DRM debate. Put simply: All DRM does is kill your sales. That’s all. It doesn’t protect you against piracy; it doesn’t preserve [...]

My DRM-Free Year, Month 7: Humble Bundle and other subscription fun

By libertyc
August 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * July was a busy reading month for me. Some of my reading time was sucked up by the textbook-free online course I was taking, and I was surprised at how [...]

From Tomely, a DRM-Free E-Book Bundle Featuring Startups and Geekdom

By libertyc
July 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

From BoingBoing comes this tip, about another DRM-free e-book bundle available now from a site called Tomely. I’ve never heard of these guys before, but it looks like a self-publishing site where you can upload an EPUB file and they’ll concert it to Mobi and do some other setting-up. [...]

Online Learning with The University of Western Ontario, Part 2: Navigating Content

By libertyc
July 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

Click here to Part 1 of this series. This week saw Module 2 of my online course rule my life. I had plans this summer to get out more, to explore the city, to take my iPad with me and work as roving correspondent/student/writer/whatever, in all the hot spots. That will have to wait until August, [...]

Did DRM Hand Amazon Their Monopoly?

By libertyc
July 11, 2013 // 5 Comments

GigaOM’s Matthew Ingram has a thoughtful piece on the recent Apple decision, where he posits that publishers got themselves into their “versus Amazon” position not because of pricing, but because of their insistence on selling books with DRM. What’s the connection? Well, DRM [...]

Online Learning with The University of Western Ontario, Part 1: The Course Begins!

By libertyc
July 5, 2013 // 1 Comment

I’m taking an online course this summer through the University of Western Ontario. It’s called an AQ, which stands for additional qualification, and is part of a modular system of credits one can add to a teacher’s certification to expand their areas of expertise. This is part [...]

My DRM-Free Year, Month 6: Short story binging

By libertyc
July 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * Happy July, everyone! June was an exceptionally busy month for me, and I found myself doing a lot of reading in bits and pieces. It just seemed more [...]

Digital comics news: Comixology adds subscriptions and bundles; Image goes DRM-free

By libertyc
July 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

Yesterday, Gizmodo reported that Comixology, the mobile/web app that Marvel, DC, Image, and other comic publishers use to sell their comics, added options for subscriptions and bundle packages. The subscriptions don’t come at a discount—they’re essentially just a commitment to buy each new [...]

Weekend Roundup: Digital rights protection and the future of writing

By Dan Eldridge
June 30, 2013 // 2 Comments

3 Reasons Why Facebook Can’t Replace Your Author Website (Jane Friedman) I’ve occasionally been asked by authors at conferences: Why not just use Facebook? Isn’t that where everyone is spending their time already? Why would people visit my site? Why bother with all the effort of [...]

DRM and the Mom Generation

By libertyc
June 10, 2013 // 13 Comments

After three years of uneventful Kobo ownership, I have finally had to sit down with my mom and explain DRM to her. This is something she’s never had to worry about before because I’ve always gotten her books for her; the Kobo she has was initially my Kobo, and remains registered to my [...]

My DRM-Free Year, Month 5: Summer Stockpiling

By libertyc
May 31, 2013 // 1 Comment

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * It’s been a busy month for me—school is winding down, so I had class plays, field trips, report cards and other wrap-ups to do. I haven’t [...]

The Raynfall Agency misses the point in its article on e-book piracy

By libertyc
May 21, 2013 // 6 Comments

Claire Ryan of The Raynfall Agency posted a pretty good article today on piracy; it includes the agency’s thoughts about what authors need to know, along with some practical tips for avoiding piracy of their works. Ryan didn’t cover anything new, but she did discuss the basics. I agree [...]

Happy International Day Against DRM!

By Dan Eldridge
May 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Honestly, I hadn’t even heard about this until I woke up this morning and checked my phone, but apparently today—that’s Friday, May 3, 2013—is something of a holiday in the digital publishing community. It’s the fifth annual International Day Against DRM. Huh. The [...]

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