Digital rights management

One year later, Tor Books reflects on going DRM-free

By libertyc
April 30, 2013 // 2 Comments

Piracy is the dirty word that companies like to throw around when it comes to digital rights management, or DRM. Many publishers and even retailers use DRM in an effort to avoid having their books stolen on the Internet. One year ago, Tor, a sci-fi and fantasy imprint of Macmillan, dropped DRM from [...]

My DRM-Free Year, Month 4: The Internet Archive and my first DIY

By libertyc
April 30, 2013 // 1 Comment

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * I am four months into my DRM-free year, and so far have spent just a fraction of my usual book budget. In my highest year—the year agency pricing came [...]

Morning Links: 10 delicious literary beers to drink while reading

By Dan Eldridge
April 7, 2013 // 1 Comment

Podcast: No Such Thing as Used E-Book (Publishers Weekly) Why do we keep making e-books like paper books? (Gizmodo) To save indies, publishers need to reconsider DRM (Dear Author) 10 Delicious Literary Beers to Drink While Reading (Flavorwire) Hugh Howey: Self-publishing is the future (Salon) [...]

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: [...]

Why We Pirate, and Why We Don't

By libertyc
March 15, 2013 // 3 Comments

One of the anti-DRM arguments people often make is that if you make it easy enough for people to buy content legitimately, they won’t need to pirate anymore. Here is a case study in favor of that argument: Thorin Kiosowski over at Lifehacker has a great essay up about why he stopped pirating [...]

The SimCity Debacle: Another lesson in why DRM is a bad idea

By libertyc
March 15, 2013 // 5 Comments

For anyone who is still not convinced that DRM, as a concept, is a terrible idea, the recent Sim City debacle illustrates why. The short version is, software publisher EA so feared ‘piracy’ of the latest Sim City incarnation that they crippled the game to require a live Internet connection (to [...]

My DRM-Free Year, Month 2: All hail indie Amazon authors!

By libertyc
February 27, 2013 // 4 Comments

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, work-wise, so I haven’t had that much reading time—I logged just five books this month, which is pathetic. [...]

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 [...]

Wanted: Publishers who won't treat me like a criminal

By libertyc
November 16, 2012 // 12 Comments

I’ll be going mostly DRM-free next year. I’ve been thinking for awhile about this. I balked because I worried that books would simply not be available without DRM, and that I would be missing out on the good stuff just to make a point. But then I realized that it’s been ages since [...]

In B&N's closure of Fictionwise, Canadian customers lose big

By libertyc
November 16, 2012 // 9 Comments

We reported yesterday on the sad news that e-book pioneer Fictionwise will be shutting down at the end of the year. I feel very bittersweet about this. The sweet is that I’m very proud of the revolution that little company started, and I love that e-books are a commonplace, normal thing, and [...]

Why Everyone Should Care About DRM's Punishment Of The Visually Impaired

By libertyc
October 1, 2012 // 2 Comments

Techdirt writes a lot about the problems with DRM, and how inefficient and inconvenient it is. But for millions of visually-impaired people, those “inconveniences” represent something much deeper, and much worse. Somebody who has started writing eloquently about this issue is Rupert [...]

Early computer virus was meant to be DRM

By libertyc
January 27, 2011 // 0 Comments

Now here’s something I didn’t know, but that will undoubtedly not surprise many. In the New York Times, cyberpunk author William Gibson writes that an early PC virus started out as a fairly primitive attempt at DRM, created by a couple of sibling programmers in 1986 to protect their [...]

Factors to consider when deciding what ereader device to buy

By libertyc
November 29, 2010 // 14 Comments

I’ve been pretty lax recently about writing articles for this blog. I’ve been busy trying to wrap up end-of-the-year work and deal with the holidays. The next week or two will be devoted to getting my holiday thank-you gifts mailed to clients. However, I have been reading messages and blog [...]

Is this the time to take the plunge? New reading devices appear

By libertyc
September 7, 2010 // 18 Comments

Within the last 60 days there has been a bevy of announcements of new ereading devices. Amazon announced what is popularly called the Kindle 3 and Sony has announced 3 new models — the 350, 650, and 950. How far behind other makers will be is hard to tell, but the upcoming holiday season should [...]

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