Steve Jobs talked content-owners into a new digital market

By Chris Meadows
August 30, 2011 // 0 Comments

On PaidContent, Charles Arthur brings up one of the important facets of Steve Jobs’s legacy that tends to get overshadowed by Jobs’s hardware successes. Quite apart from all the gadgets Jobs designed, he also designed a new business model for the music industry: the 99-cent song. The headline [...]

Should we be reading the iTunes licensing agreement more carefully?

By Chris Meadows
May 7, 2011 // 10 Comments

CNN has an interesting look at something we all do without thinking about it. Whether we use an iPod, iPhone, or iPad for e-reading or just for music, when we want to upgrade iTunes, we don’t bother to read through 52 pages of legalese. We just click the accept button and assume that “Nothing [...]

DRM vs. piracy, and the future of e-books

By Chris Meadows
April 30, 2011 // 12 Comments

Opinions on DRM vs. piracy are like noses: everyone has one, and they all smell. Lately, I ran across a fairly interesting piece containing the opinions of Roland Denning, a London-based writer and filmmaker, on Self Publishing Review. I can’t entirely agree with it, but it does offer a good [...]

Does Steve Jobs hate reading?

By Chris Meadows
April 10, 2011 // 11 Comments

That’s the provocative theory put forward by Sue Zoldak in an opinion piece on The Daily Caller blog. She starts out by noting that in some cases hardcover prices are lower than e-book prices (something I’ve mentioned before myself), and points out that—unlike the iTunes deal that lowered the [...]

Eminem royalty ruling has broader implications for digital media sales

By Chris Meadows
March 27, 2011 // 1 Comment

I hadn’t been paying much attention to the court ruling issued in the case of white rapper Eminem suing his record labels for more money. But then I saw this piece in Techdirt about it, and had to reconsider. It may not have direct implications for e-books specifically, but it definitely has [...]

Apple in talks to allow unlimited music re-downloading, anonymous sources say

By Chris Meadows
March 4, 2011 // 2 Comments

How can music be more like e-books? Well, if the rumors are true, Apple is in the process of negotiating to patch one of the biggest differences between the iTunes music store and the way most vendors treat e-books (not to mention the iPhone/iPad app store): Bloomberg cites anonymous sources who [...]

Apple breaks DRMed e-books on jailbroken devices; jailbreakers fix them

By Chris Meadows
February 21, 2011 // 3 Comments

The jailbreak wars continue. Last week, users found that a recent iBooks update had the undocumented side-effect of failing to open DRM-protected e-books on jailbroken iOS devices. ReadWriteWeb presumed this was Apple’s way of trying to protect its DRM from being broken and unprotected e-books [...]

iBooks: no iTunes when it comes to dominating the market

By Paul Biba
December 29, 2010 // 3 Comments

Publishers Weekly has an overview report, with the above name, on the iBookstore and its place in the market. Here’s a snippet: Not everyone is embracing the iBookstore, though. At this time Oceanhouse Media — the leading publisher of children’s digital book apps on Apple’s App [...]

iTunes Producer down for a month?

By Paul Biba
November 23, 2010 // 5 Comments

Received the following email from Signe Nichols: Hello Paul, I am a fan of your TeleReads. Thanks for the great info. I was in the apple iTunes Producer which is the program used to upload new and edit existing books for the iBookstore (which I am sure you know) and there was a message in the back [...]

Quick Note: how to fix iPhone bug in latest update

By Paul Biba
November 23, 2010 // 2 Comments

I just updated my iPhone and found that all of my music was missing after the update completed. In fact, this is not the case. Checking around the web I see that this is a bug in the latest update. The way to cure it is simply to do a sync with iTunes and after the sync everything will re-appear. [...]

iOS 4.2 coming Friday

By Chris Meadows
November 10, 2010 // 0 Comments

Engadget reports that iOS 4.2 for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad will become available for download this Friday, to be preceded by the release of iTunes 10.1 on Thursday (or, according to Redmond Pie, today). As we’ve previously reported, iOS 4.2 is going to include a number of advances, most [...]

Apple to offer 90-second song previews—whether record labels like it or not

By Chris Meadows
November 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

“I have altered the deal. Pray I do not alter it further.” —Darth Vader, The Empire Strikes Back Remember how all but one of the “big six” print publishers were so quick to hop into bed with Apple and its agency pricing scheme, out of fear that Amazon would sooner or later unilaterally [...]

iTunes U supports EPUB files

By Paul Biba
November 1, 2010 // 0 Comments

Got the following email from Frank Lowney that I thought I should pass on to you: I thought that other Teleread subscribers might be interested in Apple’s not yet widely publicized announcement that the iTunes U service (free to higher education) now supports .epub files which nicely complements [...]

DRM complicates library audiobook checkouts

By Chris Meadows
September 26, 2010 // 2 Comments

On our sister blog Appletell, Bill Stiteler writes about the contortions he had to go through to get a DRM-restricted Overdrive audiobook from his local public library onto his iPod. It turned into a time-consuming process that took far longer than should be necessary for something as simple as [...]

How to manage your ebook library in iTunes

By libertyc
September 13, 2010 // 0 Comments

By Shirl Kennedy, Senior Editor iOS 4 — which powers the iPad, the iPhone 4, and the iPhone 3GS (for those who have upgraded) – along with iTunes 10 (actually since version 9.2) means iTunes is now able to manage ebooks for use with Apple’s iBooks app. Having spent some time messing [...]

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