Citing privacy concerns, BitTorrent trackers ban Windows 10 users

By Chris Meadows
August 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

You know your operating system has privacy problems when the pirates start banning it. Seriously, TorrentFreak reports that a number of BitTorrent sites are actively banning Windows 10 users from connecting to their trackers, out of fear that the operating system could be snitching on them to [...]

What’s in a word? The new ‘sharing economy’

By Chris Meadows
August 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sharing is good, right? What about when you charge for it? A New York Times piece on the new “sharing economy” looks at the way services like Uber, Lyft, and AirBNB characterize themselves as being all about “sharing” while at the same time charging you money for using them (and sometimes [...]

Textbook Piracy: Growing problem or reasonable solution?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
August 23, 2013 // 2 Comments

College ended about 10 years ago for me. That wasn’t the dark ages of technology. We all had laptops and cell phones and constantly checked email. We all worried about the prices of textbooks too. Part of me wonders what it would be like if I went to college now. Colleges are starting their fall [...]

Wizards of the Coast starts selling D&D PDFs again

By Chris Meadows
January 23, 2013 // 2 Comments

Remember how, back in 2009, Wizards of the Coast pulled all its PDF products from on-line gaming store Paizo and announced it was ceasing PDF sales altogether? Apparently it only took about four years for the company to change its mind again. Wired’s GeekDad reports that WotC has launched a new [...]

Wiley unmasks file-sharing Dummies, goes forward with suit

By Chris Meadows
March 28, 2012 // 3 Comments

PaidContent has an update on the status of “For Dummies” publisher John Wiley’s court cases against individuals accused of illicitly sharing various “For Dummies” books via BitTorrent. The company was able to unmask 46 “John Doe” defendants, 40 of whom were dropped from the case after [...]

Wiley adds more IP addresses to file sharing lawsuit

By Chris Meadows
November 26, 2011 // 2 Comments

John Wiley & Sons has expanded its lawsuit against P2P sharers of its books, adding 46 new “John Does”—file sharers identified only by their IP addresses until Wiley can get their ISPs to fork over their actual identities. This list is made up of people who shared Cooking Basics for [...]

J.K. Rowling reportedly considering Harry Potter e-books…again

By Chris Meadows
April 4, 2011 // 8 Comments

The Scotsman reports that J.K. Rowling’s agents have announced she is at last considering an e-book release of her beloved Harry Potter series. If this sounds familiar, it’s because her agents said the exact same thing last May. Strangely, nothing ever came of it in the eleven months since. [...]

DRM promotes e-book piracy, and e-book piracy is on the rise

By Chris Meadows
October 7, 2010 // 14 Comments

Matt Bradbeer has a piece on FuturEBook looking at the ineffectiveness and irritation of e-book DRM. It is very similar to the piece we posted here a few days ago talking about much the same thing. In Bradbeer’s words: DRM is easily removed and therefore pointless, costly and a barrier to sale. [...]

Piracy may not be killing music after all, and the relevance to e-books

By Chris Meadows
April 19, 2010 // 5 Comments

This article is not directly related to e-books, but e-music and its relationship to CDs are only a short jump away from e-books and their relationship to paper books—and it got me thinking about those similarities. “Ernesto” on the peer-to-peer news blog TorrentFreak takes a look at music [...]

Ex-eReader employee on the past and future of e-books

By Chris Meadows
February 2, 2009 // 0 Comments

Ars Technica today has a great (and long—it goes on for seven pages) feature editorial about the past and future of e-books by Ars columnist John Siracusa. Siracusa, who took a job at the company that would eventually become eReader back when it was still called Palm Digital Media, has some [...]

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