Microsoft to shut down Zune Music Pass service

By Chris Meadows
September 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

We haven’t had any good DRM server shutdown stories for a while, so it was just about time for another one. It seems Microsoft is about to join the ranks of Yahoo, Google, Wal-Mart, Embiid, Fictionwise and eReader, JManga, and…well, Microsoft. Or at least, that’s how it looks at first glance. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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