Ebooks

May 4, 2012 - A Day Against DRM

Dan York writes about why he's against Digital Rights Management:

As an author of multiple technical books, and a prolific online writer, I care a lot about intellectual property issues as they pertain to my content. On one level, you might think I would be extremely concerned about people stealing and re-using my content. And don't get me wrong... I am concerned. I choose distribution licenses carefully and I have pursued those who have scraped my content to simply wrap it in ads. But I do NOT see "DRM" as the answer.

As a reader and as an author, I truly hate Digital Rights Management (DRM) for ebooks and look forward to the day when it ceases to exist. My latest book, "Migrating Applications to IPv6" was published DRM-FREE by O'Reilly and I plan to publish all future books DRM-free as well.

York goes on to list six reasons why he hopes to see the end of DRM in the near future.

Google Argues for Dismissal of Authors’ Book-Scan Lawsuit

Google Argues for Dismissal of Authors’ Book-Scan Lawsuit
Google asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by an organization representing authors over the search engine company’s project to digitally scan millions of books, saying the group can’t represent the copyright holders.

Why e-books will soon be obsolete

Why e-books will soon be obsolete
E-books will be obsolete within five years. Crippled by territorial license restrictions, digital rights management, and single-purpose devices and file formats that are simultaneously immature and already obsolescent, they are at a hopeless competitive disadvantage compared to full-fledged websites and even the humble PDF.

[Thanks Dan!]

Sign the Petition at ebooksforlibraries.com!

Sign the Petition at ebooksforlibraries.com!
We have created a petition website – ebooksforlibraries.com. Visit the website, watch the video (also embedded in this post), and more importantly – fill out the petition today!

What’s going on? Pretty simple:

? Libraries are having trouble getting ebooks from the largest publishing companies. These publishers are adding restrictions and price increases, or simply not selling ebooks to libraries at all.
? This means that library customers can get a print copy of a book from a library, but can’t get that same book in an ebook format. And that’s just weird.
? Goal – we need 10,000 e-signatures from readers.
? Once we hit that magic number, we plan to mail the completed petitions to each of the big six publishers. Why? We want to communicate directly with publishers through this petition process, with the intent of establishing formal and consistent communication between publishers and readers.

See Also: http://libraryrenewal.org/

[Thanks DLK!]

Barnes & Noble Deal Gives Microsoft Door To E-Books

Barnes & Noble Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are teaming up to create a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary that will house the digital and college businesses of the bookseller and include a Nook application for Windows 8.

The companies said Monday that they are exploring separating those businesses entirely. That could mean a stock offering, sale, or other deal could happen.

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A dark day for the future of books

A dark day for the future of books
If the Justice Department prevails with its antitrust lawsuit, the decision might have unintended negative consequences for those who write, publish, sell and enjoy e-books. The government's intention to protect consumers could end up backfiring on consumers by harming retailers, authors and publishers.

Publishers Starting to Reject e-Book DRM

Publishers Starting to Reject e-Book DRM
It's early, but the tea leaves seem to indicate that more and more e-book publishers are souring on DRM. It may take time for DRM to disappear, but it's got very little to recommend it. Let me know if you think e-book DRM has a future.

Kindles Most Highlighted Passages of All Time

Most Highlighted Passages of All Time
Interesting list from Amazon... The top books are Catching Fire, Hunger Games, Pride and Prejudice, Mokingjay and Cutting for Stone. "Because sometimes things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them." from Catching Fire was Highlighted by 17784 Kindle users.

LexisNexis Announces LexisNexis Digital Library

Agreement with OverDrive creates customized eBook lending and management service offering the largest collection of electronic books for legal professionals

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E-book service comes to St. Paul libraries

The St. Paul Public Library will become a beta testing site for a new electronic book lending service on Wednesday.

The 3M Cloud Library eBook Lending Service will allow patrons to check out books on their own electronic devices or borrow such devices from the library to use at home.

Full article in the Star Tribune

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