Bertelsmann Random House announces it will drop ‘hard’ DRM on German trade e-books

By Chris Meadows
August 18, 2015 // 4 Comments

When Holtzbrinck, parent company of Macmillan, announced it was dropping restrictive DRM from its books on the German trade publication market, David Rothman wrote, “Let’s hope that the German-owned Bertelsmann, a major owner of Penguin Random House, will wise up.” Those hopes have now been [...]

ePub requirement for future school textbook contracts? Amazon-NYC deal makes me wonder

By David Rothman
July 31, 2015 // 9 Comments

Amazon has just signed a $30 million contract to provide an e-book marketplace for New York’s public schools. So what does this mean in terms of the main e-book format featured? News coverage is vague. An account in Capital New York says the Amazon-supplied books will be readable on a variety of [...]

‘DRM: A Model of the Past?’ Will big publishers elsewhere catch up with those in Germany?

By David Rothman
July 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

You already know that Holtzbrinck is shedding hard DRM. Now here’s a report, from Publishing Perspectives, saying that Holtzbrinck, parent company of The Macmillan Group, has plenty of company in Germany: In 2013, a study by the German Publishers and Booksellers Association found that 55% [...]

Why DRM Leaves Such a Sour Taste in My Mouth

By Joanna Cabot
July 1, 2015 // 10 Comments

I have made no secret in the past about my hatred of DRM. Well, now the sour taste it leaves in my mouth is literal and not just figurative. With the death, early Monday morning, of the Keurig machine which came with the Beloved, we had to go out and get a new one. And all of the new Keurig [...]

Morning Links: Apple Receives Helen Keller Award. 1990s Guide to the Web

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Apple receives Helen Keller Award for its pioneering VoiceOver feature (Cult of Mac) Organized by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), Apple was specifically praised for VoiceOver, the iOS feature which reads out descriptions of everything happening on a device’s display. TeleRead Take: [...]

E-book-lovers vs. proprietary formats (yes, P is still evil)

By David Rothman
June 6, 2015 // 10 Comments

TeleRead writers traditionally have been strong supporters of e-book standards. No blinking. No hesitation. ePub is the way to go in most cases. The majority of us have just hated proprietary formats even though companies like Amazon make them hard to avoid. Proprietary formats remind us of the [...]

Does anyone even want cross-platform e-book interoperability?

By Chris Meadows
June 6, 2015 // 6 Comments

Proprietary e-book formats have been around for quite some time. Most major commercial vendors use proprietary formats to one extent or another, be they Amazon’s Kindle format or the proprietary DRM that Barnes & Noble and others put on top of EPUB. Given that they help to chill competition [...]

Morning Links: Keurig sort of apologizes for DRM. Scalzi: Hugos not destroyed

By Joanna Cabot
May 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Where Authors Fit Into Multi-Channel Publishing (DBW) In many ways, some authors already excel at multi-channel content development. *** Appeals court kills flight attendants’ challenge to electronics on planes (Ars Technica) A Washington, DC appeals court ruled Friday that the Federal Aviation [...]

Happy Day Against DRM!

By Joanna Cabot
May 6, 2015 // 7 Comments

As numerous blogs are reporting, today is International Day Against DRM and many of our favourite DRM-free publishers are offering deals and specials. Here are two good ones: 1) O’Reilly Press This publisher of technical books is 50% off with with the coupon code ‘DRM2015’ and 60% [...]

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 [...]

Cory Doctorow speaks on self-publishing, Amazon, DRM, Hachette, and a whole lot else besides

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 16, 2015 // 2 Comments

Cory Doctorow came over to Budapest at the invitation of the Center for Media, Data and Society of Central European University to speak on policing computers and other issues. In the course of a fascinating interview with me, he shared a slew of observations on a great many issues, many of which [...]

Morning Links: Amazon discusses Kindle Unlimited. Social media is overrated?

By Joanna Cabot
January 16, 2015 // 1 Comment

Amazon Discusses Kindle Unlimited & Kindle Select Participation: Digital Book World, Day 2 (Jane Friedman) If you’ve been watching publishing news over the last 24 hours, then you may have seen a flurry of articles summarizing the Digital Book World session featuring a conversation with Russ [...]

Morning Links: What makes a “good reader?” DRM screws blind people.

By Joanna Cabot
December 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

What Does it Mean to be a ‘Good’ Reader? (Dear Author) Last weekend delivered a hat trick of essays on critical reading, two on KJ Charles’s m/m novel Think of England, and one on Deborah Fletcher Mello’s The Sweetest Thing, in which Liz McCausland also addresses the intertwined [...]

Apple music DRM case wraps up with final witness

By Chris Meadows
December 14, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Apple iTunes DRM case proceeds apace. After finding a replacement plaintiff to supplant those who were found not to have bought iPods during the required time period, the case moved forward, hearing reluctant testimony from a former iTunes engineer who worked on blocking the interoperability of [...]

Judge Cote rules DRM removal for fair use is not copyright infringement

By Chris Meadows
December 10, 2014 // 7 Comments

The Apple anti-trust case continues to have some interesting fallout. The EFF today issued a press release concerning Judge Denise Cote last month dismissing some charges in a related case, trumpeting that Cote had ruled that stripping DRM for fair use purposes is legal. I’ve read the 20-page [...]

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