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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, [...]

A bundle of bundle updates: StoryBundle and Humble Bundle add more titles

By libertyc
July 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

It can’t be coincidental that both e-book bundles I talked about last week have chosen to add more titles on the same day, can it? First, because they updated first, is StoryBundle, which updated its Sci-Fi Bundle with a free copy of the June issue of Lightspeed, an on-line SF magazine. Judging [...]

Book Review: So You Want to Be a Wizard (New Millennium Edition)

By libertyc
July 7, 2013 // 5 Comments

“They never age.” —Laconic: Comic Book Time, TVTropes A couple of years ago, I mentioned that Diane Duane had started updating the early books in her Young Wizards series.  (Joanna wrote her own post about it here.) The first book was published in 1983, and later books have been written in [...]

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 [...]

A bundle of bundles: The Humble eBook Bundle II and StoryBundle Sci-Fi Bundle

By libertyc
July 3, 2013 // 1 Comment

Get ready to bundle! By whatever strange alchemy, two separate pay-what-you-want DRM-free multi-format e-book bundles have suddenly popped up independently of each other. The more appealing one is from the past master of bundling, the Humble Bundle. The Humble eBook Bundle II includes Little [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

My DRM-Free Year, Month 3: Read an E-Book Week

By libertyc
March 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

Read all the installments of “My DRM-Free Year” Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov-Dec * * * For this third month of my DRM-free year, the big event was Read an E-Book Week. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed with the offerings. Most [...]

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. [...]

Paid vs. Free Entertainment: A Case Study

By libertyc
February 20, 2013 // 2 Comments

Techdirt has a great write-up about a British children’s author, Terry Deary, who is on a misguided campaign against libraries. Deary believes libraries are giving away entertainment for free; he also believes they are severely damaging the book publishing industry. Techdirt’s Tim [...]

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