Morning Links: Netflix wants to expand to 200 countries. Doctorow wants to end DRM

By Joanna Cabot
January 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Netflix Wants to Expand to 200 Countries Within the Next Two Years (GigaOM) Netflix wants to complete its global expansion within the next two years, the company announced as part of its Q4 2014 earnings release. *** License Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond (David Nickle) So here’s a [...]

Cory Doctorow on the parallels between DRM and cybersecurity policy

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

In the course of my recent extended interview with Cory Doctorow in Budapest, I asked him whether he saw parallels between post-Charlie Hebdo government attitudes towards cybersecurity and Big Publishing/Big Media attitudes towards DRM. This was his response. The way to understand how big [...]

Morning Links: No DRM-free app for EFF. Should you spy on your readers?

By Joanna Cabot
January 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Apple Won’t Let EFF Release a DRM-Free App (Boing Boing) EFF has released its mobile app to help people join in important, timely struggles, but you can’t get it for your Iphone or Ipad, because Apple insists that EFF use DRM, and this is contrary to everything it stands for. *** Should [...]

Morning Roundup: New DRM-free eBook retailer, Overdrive’s big library event next week

By Joanna Cabot
May 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

New DRM-Free eBook Retailer Focused on Small Press and Literary Fiction Launches (Digital Book World) In addition to three original novels, the site features titles from 13 publishers, including Coach House Books in Toronto, Black Balloon Publishing and Tyrant Books in New York, Curbside Splendor [...]

Fancy a bunch of free books on how to do just about anything online or digital whatsoever?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 1, 2014 // 1 Comment

Why I thought you’d say “yes” to free books. And so here they are. Basically, MakeUseOf.com, “a leading destination for digital productivity tips and your guide to cool stuff on the Internet,” has made available a bunch of manuals, guides, and reference works on its [...]

StoryBundle releases video game book bundle

By Chris Meadows
April 2, 2014 // 3 Comments

The Humble Indie Bundle started out selling video games, but branched out into e-books down the road. This makes it almost, but not quite, symmetrical that its competitor StoryBundle, who started with e-books all along, has now come out with a bundle of…e-books about video games. The base price [...]

Library audiobooks to go DRM-free on Overdrive

By Nate Hoffelder, editor of The Digital Reader
January 24, 2014 // 4 Comments

The mp3 audiobook market has been DRM-free for years, and at least part of the audiobook market is going to follow suit. OverDrive, the leading ebook and audiobook supplier for libraries and institutions, has announced that they’re phasing out the WMA format audiobooks in favor of DRM-free [...]

10 Great DRM-Free Books to Read in 2014

By libertyc
December 30, 2013 // 2 Comments

Looking for some great DRM-free books to start off your year? All of the books on this list are available from various retailers free of DRM restrictions. For your convenience, I have organized them top ten-style, from my very favourite find, all the way down. The list does not include every single [...]

Fiction Bundle DRM-free pay-what-you-want bundle is live

By libertyc
December 12, 2013 // 1 Comment

The pay-what-you-want e-book site Fiction Bundle, which I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, has gone live with its inaugural “Chapter 1” bundle. All the titles are revealed. They are: The Godmakers by Frank Herbert Assemblers of Infinity by Kevin J. Anderson & Doug Beason The Golden Queen by [...]

My DRM-Free Year: Wrap-Up

By libertyc
December 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec *** Last year, I made a pledge: that, for 2013, I would put my money where my mouth was on the DRM issue and spend no money on books which were restricted with [...]

Fiction Bundle joins the DRM-free pay-what-you-want e-book bundle crowd

By libertyc
November 30, 2013 // 2 Comments

The Humble Indie Bundle has done a lot to put independent and even some big studio software titles on many people’s virtual gaming shelves, but I haven’t seen all that many game bundle sites spring up in imitation of it. I can recall maybe one or two, but not more than that. But once the idea [...]

UK government to storm Amazon's gates?

By libertyc
November 27, 2013 // 2 Comments

Lest anyone think that Amazon’s encroachment into the UK book world is a wee little thing, we have Seni Glaister, CEO of UK online book retailer The Book People, to put us straight, as she did at The Bookseller’s London Futurebook Conference a short time ago. “It’s a dystopian [...]

My DRM-Free Year, Month 10: News, News, News

By libertyc
November 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 *** It was a quiet October for me. It was a busy month for me at school (culminating in yesterday’s Day of Frenzy, aka Halloween) and while I read a lot, I did not read many [...]

My DRM-Free Year, Month 9: eZines!

By libertyc
October 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec *** I can’t believe I am 9 months into my year of DRM-free reading! And to my delight, there has been no shortage of material, nor of sites to purchase it [...]

My DRM-Free Year, Month 8: Bumper Crop of Reviewables

By libertyc
September 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * August was a good month for DRM-free reading. I both read (and reviewed) books from three different sources: Amazon, Humble Bundle and Yesterday’s [...]

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