Amazon drops pre-order buttons from Warner Home Video DVD titles

By Chris Meadows
June 11, 2014 // 1 Comment

Everything may not be awesome at Amazon. Various news sources including the New York Times Bits blog are reporting that Amazon has removed the pre-order buttons from various upcoming Warner Home Video DVD and Blu-ray titles, including The LEGO Movie, 300: Rise of an Empire, Winter’s Tale, and [...]

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 [...]

Righting a childhood wrong: an ebook success story

By libertyc
November 21, 2011 // 0 Comments

I was able this past weekend to right a childhood wrong, and I owe it all to emerging e-technology. The background: years ago, we would summer at a cottage near one my uncle had. My cousin Andy had a large collection of MAD Magazines and Archie comics from the 60’s and 70’s that my [...]

Are one-star reviews just slacktivism?

By libertyc
April 15, 2011 // 11 Comments

Lately I’ve been pondering reimmersing myself in Tolkien: I’ve been rereading The Hobbit in e-book form, and am considering going on to Lord of the Rings—it’s been a while. Perhaps after that I’ll watch the twelve-hour extended-length movie adaptations again, by way of getting ready for [...]

Is DRM-induced double-dipping beneficial to publishers?

By libertyc
January 22, 2011 // 6 Comments

In a Publishing Perspectives discussion seed article connected to the piece on the French Feedbooks matter that we covered a few days ago, Edward Nawotka pondered whether one of the reasons publishers like DRM so much might be that it often causes people to have to buy multiple electronic versions [...]

Star Trek digital download expiration: Why should media be like milk?

By libertyc
December 22, 2010 // 8 Comments

While this is not specifically about e-books, it is about an experience in transitioning from physical to digital media, and it should provide a lesson to all fields that are taking these steps—including books to e-books. A number of movies, especially titles from Paramount or Disney (such as [...]

Supreme Court deadlocks on Omega vs. Costco

By libertyc
December 14, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Supreme Court issued a ruling on the Omega vs. Costco case that I have covered a couple of times. As Doug Pardee noted, Omega essentially won. With Justice Kagan recusing herself (she had written a pro-Omega brief prior to being appointed a justice), the Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4, issuing a [...]

Supreme Court hears arguments in Costco v. Omega first-sale doctrine case

By libertyc
November 10, 2010 // 1 Comment

Daniel Fisher has a post at Forbes recapping the Costco v. Omega case I previously mentioned here. As I said then, this case has the potential to have extremely important implications for the doctrine of first sale, and hence for books and possibly e-books. The Supreme Court heard arguments on [...]

The UK take on US e-book sales prospects for Europe

By libertyc
October 22, 2010 // 5 Comments

Philip Jones on The Bookseller’s FutureEBook blog has taken notice of the Mike Shatzkin column about the idea of American publishers selling e-books in Europe that I covered the other day. (And even taken notice of my post here, which is a nice bit of validation for me.) I find it interesting to [...]

iPad has fastest adoption rate ever

By libertyc
October 5, 2010 // 0 Comments

CNBC’s Fast Money has more good iPad news: Bernstein Research reports that the iPad is becoming the fastest-adopted non-phone consumer technology ever, selling three million units in the first 80 days and now about 4.5 million units per quarter. For comparison, the DVD—previously cited as one [...]

HDCP Blu-Ray DRM reportedly cracked wide open

By libertyc
September 14, 2010 // 4 Comments

Although this story is not directly related to e-books, it serves to show the untenability of DRM schemes in general in the long term and as such is important and worth repeating. Engadget reports that a putative “HDCP master key” has been found and released. It hasn’t been confirmed yet [...]

As e-books begin to transcend regional restrictions, paper books may take a step backward

By libertyc
September 10, 2010 // 3 Comments

Joanna has railed at length about the obnoxiousness of the regional restrictions in publishing that limit the availability of e-books from country to country. Even though it is possible to import a printed book from another country, those who want another nation’s e-book are largely out of luck. [...]

Bob Stein recounts early history of laserdisc, e-books

By libertyc
July 29, 2010 // 1 Comment

Tim Carmody at Snarkmarket points to a fascinating article at Triple Canopy on the pre-history of digital media, and the future of the book. It is an interview with Bob Stein, computer pioneer and the director of the Institute for the Future of the Book. It covers a number of topics including his [...]

IP-czar-requested public copyright comments now made public

By libertyc
April 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

A couple of months ago, Victoria Espinel—the White House’s new Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator—called for public comments on the state of intellectual property law. Then in March we covered Ars’s summary of some of those filings. Now Mike Masnick at Techdirt reports that the [...]

The iPad will NOT ‘kill’ e-books

By libertyc
March 19, 2010 // 0 Comments

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDnet chimes in with another one of those obnoxious “it’s the end of the e-book as we know it (and I feel fine)” posts that we’ve been seeing all too often these days. We all know the premise: since the iPad can do things that ordinary books, or even e-books, [...]

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