Manufacturers don’t want us to repair TVs or e-readers

By Chris Meadows
September 13, 2015 // 6 Comments

A few days ago, the Wall Street Journal ran an article on a subject near and dear to my heart, and of some degree of relevance to TeleRead readers, too. After all, you’re more likely than most to be using modern electronic gadgets. The Wall Street Journal points out that the problem with those [ on]

Trans-Pacific Partnership still pushing to screw your rights in secret

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Chris Meadows reported almost a year ago to the day on the invidious attempts by US trade negotiators in hock to Big Media vested interests to impose onerous copyright, intellectual property, and public domain restrictions worldwide via the Trans-Pacific Partnership – in secret, without [ on]

Happy International Day Against DRM!

By Dan Eldridge
May 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Honestly, I hadn’t even heard about this until I woke up this morning and checked my phone, but apparently today—that’s Friday, May 3, 2013—is something of a holiday in the digital publishing community. It’s the fifth annual International Day Against DRM. Huh. The [ on]

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed

By Dan Eldridge
December 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

Who’s Tracking Your Reading Habits? An E-Book Buyer’s Guide to Privacy, 2012 Edition (Electronic Frontier Foundation) Your Rights and Deadlines Under the Price Fixing Settlement (Dear Author) Nine Ideas for Making E-Books More Fun to Give as Presents (Slate) Kindle Daily Deal: The [ on]

Humble E-Book Bundle Raises $1.2 Million

By Chris Meadows
October 25, 2012 // 1 Comment

The Humble Indie E-Book Bundle’s sale period is over. It raised over $1.2 million on over 84,000 sales, with an average purchase price of $14.28—an altogether impressive amount. Participating author John Scalzi has a couple of post-mortem posts on his blog looking at the reasons for it. Scalzi [ on]

EFF mostly satisfied over Amazon Silk privacy concerns

By Chris Meadows
October 19, 2011 // 0 Comments

Following up to the privacy concerns about Amazon’s “Silk” browser, the EFF spoke with Amazon and asked some questions about privacy-related matters. The EFF’s Dan Auerbach reports coming away from the conversation mostly satisfied with Amazon’s measures, with only a couple of major [ on]

California Reader Privacy Act signed into law

By Chris Meadows
October 4, 2011 // 1 Comment

The Electronic Frontier Foundation reports that the California Reader Privacy Act has been signed into law. The act “will establish privacy protections for book purchases [including e-book purchases] similar to long-established privacy laws for library records.” While the EFF trumpets this as a [ on]

EFF and ACLU sponsor California state reading-record privacy law

By Chris Meadows
March 31, 2011 // 0 Comments

An EFF press release trumpets the introduction of a bill in the California state legislature that would require a warrant or court order for access to sensitive reading records of both print and electronic books. The Reader Privacy Act of 2011 (SB 602) is backed by the ACLU and the EFF, and brings [ on]

EFF reviews predictions for newspaper, book issues in 2010

By Chris Meadows
December 26, 2010 // 0 Comments

Over the last few days, the EFF has been looking back at predictions it made at the beginning of the year to see how they have played out. Most of these have relatively little to do with e-reading (though the one on hardware hacking does touch on it orthogonally with mention of the exemption [ on]

EFF releases 2010 E-Book Buyer’s Guide to E-Book Privacy

By Paul Biba
December 8, 2010 // 0 Comments

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s website: With the 2010 holidays upon us, it’s time to update EFF’s E-Book Buyer’s Guide to E-Book Privacy, which summarizes and comments on the privacy-related policies of several e-readers. What’s new. We’ve added in the [ on]

The ‘Humble Indie Bundle’ and its implications for piracy

By Chris Meadows
May 11, 2010 // 0 Comments

Taking advantage of the zero-marginal-cost nature of electronic media distribution, a group of independent computer game developers has teamed up to offer the “Humble Indie Bundle”, a bundle of five games (including the award-winning World of Goo) for Windows, Macintosh, or Linux as a [ on]

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