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Four short links: 15 May 2014

By Nat Torkington
May 15, 2014

Pervasive Monitoring is an Attack (Tim Bray) — if your ap­pli­ca­tion doesn’t sup­port pri­va­cy, that’s prob­a­bly a bug in your ap­pli­ca­tion. Reconciling Mozilla’s Mission and the W3C EME — essentially, “we don’t want to put a closed source bolus of …

Who holds your keys?

By Simon St. Laurent
May 6, 2014

Put your books, movies, and music on a gleaming shelf. Close the door to keep the dust off. Lock the door, so no one can take it, and hand me the key. I’ll let you have the key when you …

Who holds your keys?

By Simon St. Laurent
May 6, 2014

Put your books, movies, and music on a gleaming shelf. Close the door to keep the dust off. Lock the door, so no one can take it, and hand me the key. I’ll let you have the key when you …

What do we get for that DRM?

By Simon St. Laurent
October 10, 2013

I had a hard time finding anything to like in Tim Berners-Lee’s meager excuse for the W3C’s new focus on digital rights management (DRM). However, the piece that keeps me shaking my head and wondering is a question he asks …

Four short links: 10 September 2013

By Nat Torkington
September 8, 2013

Sparkey — Spotify’s open-sourced simple constant key/value storage library, for read-heavy systems with infrequent large bulk inserts. The Truth of Fact, The Truth of Feeling (Ted Chiang) — story about what happens when lifelogs become searchable. Now with Remem, finding …

Taking ebooks mainstream…in Germany

By Ruediger Wischenbart
April 10, 2013

Are German ebooks really any different than those in the U.S. or the U.K.? Many strong indicators say yes, they are different. That’s why many ebook debates in the past have not ended with practical guidelines for German publishers and …

Four short links: 22 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 22, 2013

Defend the Open Web: Keep DRM Out of W3C Standards (EFF) — W3C is there to create comprehensible, publicly-implementable standards that will guarantee interoperability, not to facilitate an explosion of new mutually-incompatible software and of sites and services that can …

Four short links: 13 March 2013

By Nat Torkington
March 13, 2013

What Tim Berners-Lee Doesn’t Know About HTML DRM (Guardian) — Cory Doctorow lays it out straight. HTML DRM is a bad idea, no two ways. The future of the Web is the future of the world, because everything we do …

The publishing industry has a problem, and EPUB is not the solution

By Jani Patokallio
February 26, 2013

This article contains my personal views, not those of my employer Lonely Planet. I’ll be blunt. Ebooks and EPUB are to the publishing industry what Blu-Ray is to the movie industry: a solution to yesterday’s problem made irrelevant by broader …

Publishing News: HTML5 will be the future of publishing

By Jenn Webb
February 22, 2013

MIT Technology Review publisher, UC Berkley students bet on HTML5 At a recent executive retreat, Beet.TV sat down with MIT Technology Review editor and publisher Jason Pontin, who said that HTML5 will be the future of publishing. In a video …

Copying is a fact, not a problem

By Jenn Webb
February 22, 2013

Piracy and DRM continue to be hot-button issues for authors and publishers, with heated arguments on both sides of the fence. I sat down with author Cory Doctorow at TOC NY 2013 to talk about the issues and how we …

Author platforms and the Black Box Effect

By Anne Hill
February 20, 2013

If you’ve spent as much time reading author blogs as I have, you may have noticed a disturbing pattern. In nearly every “here’s how I did it” post in which the author explains her route to greater visibility and sales, …

Ebooks and the future of research

By François Joseph de Kermadec
February 6, 2013

Knowledge cannot progress unless it is aware of its past: a knowledge-seeker must reference the works of previous generations. Literary scholars return to manuscripts, musicians to partitions, artists to museums… The continued availability of reference works underpins our entire research …

Identifying DRM-free ebooks

By Joe Wikert
January 7, 2013

One of my colleagues, Edd Dumbill, asked me a simple question over the holidays that I thought I’d share with the TOC community: Is there any way to quickly tell whether an ebook on a retailer’s site is DRM-free? I’m …

Are we solving customer problems?

By Gus Balbontin
December 4, 2012

This article contains my personal views, not those of my employer Lonely Planet. The challenge the publishing industry faces today is complex. Against centuries of industry inertia and decades of business momentum, the job of transforming publishing is demanding to …

Wiley & O’Reilly Media sign ebook distribution deal

By Joe Wikert
November 15, 2012

I’ve mentioned before that O’Reilly’s direct ebook channel is an extremely important sales outlet for us. We want our content to be in all stores but the direct channel is pretty much the only one where we can establish an …

Free and the medium vs. the message

By Joe Wikert
November 12, 2012

I wrote a short piece earlier about an interesting ebook from HBR by Joshua Gans. It’s called Information Wants to Be Shared and I’m declaring it the must-read ebook of 2012. If you buy it direct from HBR’s website and …

Publishing News: Hacking DRM is now illegal in Canada

By Jenn Webb
November 9, 2012

Here are a few stories from the publishing space that caught my attention this week. New Canadian copyright laws make breaking DRM illegal New copyright reform legislation, Bill C-11 (PDF), took effect in Canada this week. Michael Geist pulled together …

Publishing News: US Supreme Court dives into the Kirtsaeng “first sale” doctrine case

By Jenn Webb
November 2, 2012

Here are a few stories from the publishing space that caught my attention this week. “First sale” doctrine arguments begin The US Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments on Monday in Kirtsaeng d/b/a Bluechristine99 v. John Wiley & Sons Inc. …

TOC Trifecta: This week’s must-reads (11/1/12)

By Joe Wikert
November 1, 2012

The “best price” phase of TOC NY 2013 registration is about to end. Don’t wait or you’ll end up paying more than you would today. To save even more on your registration, sign up here and use the discount code …

Penguin Random House: How big is big enough?

By Joe Wikert
October 29, 2012

Call me skeptical but I feel the merger between Penguin and Random House is less about creating “greater scale” and more about simple consolidation in a shrinking industry. Which organization is more likely to create the truly innovative, disruptive products …

A novel approach to going DRM-free

By Joe Wikert
October 23, 2012

I had a very enlightening conversation today with a small publisher who shall remain nameless for the time being. More on their secrecy in a moment… They’re thinking of going DRM-free but with a couple of twists. First of all, …

The horrors of renting vs. owning ebooks

By Joe Wikert
October 22, 2012

Here’s a story that ought to raise your blood pressure. It brings to life the worst fears of anyone who’s amassed a large collection of ebooks. Linn, an Amazon Kindle customer, suddenly discovered her entire collection has been wiped clean. …

Publishing’s “open” future

By Joe Wikert
October 16, 2012

If I had to summarize the future of publishing in just one word, I’d say “open.” We’re living in a very closed publishing world today. Retailers use tools like digital rights management (DRM) to lock content, and DRM also tends …

TOC Trifecta: This week’s must-read trio (Oct. 3, 2012)

By Joe Wikert
October 3, 2012

Ditch digital — That was the goal of these pitches from the land Down Under. DRM’s unintended consequences – Have you ever thought about the impact your DRM decision has on the visually impaired? You should. What to do in Frankfurt …

Publishing News: Amazon continues its trek toward total retail domination

Publishing News: Amazon continues its trek toward total retail domination
By Jenn Webb
August 10, 2012

Here are a few stories that caught my attention in the publishing space this week. Amazon targets students with print textbook rentals In headline news this week, Amazon expanded its digital textbook rental program to include analog books. Students can …

Top Stories: June 25-29, 2012

Top Stories: June 25-29, 2012
By Mac Slocum
June 29, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: James Turner noted that the corporate dystopia predicted in "Neuromancer" has come to pass, author David Griffith discussed C's continued popularity, and Joe Wikert explained why lightweight ebook DRM isn't viable.

"Lightweight" DRM isn't the answer

By Joe Wikert
June 27, 2012

In this open letter to the IDPF's Executive Director, Bill McCoy, O'Reilly GM & Publisher Joe Wikert explains why a DRM-free approach is far better than any "lightweight" DRM option.

"Lightweight" DRM isn't the answer

By Joe Wikert
June 27, 2012

In this open letter to the IDPF's Executive Director, Bill McCoy, O'Reilly GM & Publisher Joe Wikert explains why a DRM-free approach is far better than any "lightweight" DRM option.

Publishing News: Wattpad raises $17.3 million in series B funding

By Jenn Webb
June 8, 2012

Wattpad gets funding for its social ereading and storytelling platform, Brett Sandusky muses on digital publishing, and Jeremy Greenfield takes a big-picture look at the publishing industry.

Publishing News: Wattpad raises $17.3 million in series B funding

Publishing News: Wattpad raises $17.3 million in series B funding
By Jenn Webb
June 8, 2012

Wattpad gets funding for its social ereading and storytelling platform, Brett Sandusky muses on digital publishing, and Jeremy Greenfield takes a big-picture look at the publishing industry.

DRM-Free Day, forever.

By Mike Hendrickson
May 4, 2012

Mike Hendrickson: "Adding DRM to content to deter theft ... are you kidding me? Seriously, think about that. It will take a good programmer about an hour to get past most DRM, or a manual shop somewhere in the world will cut and scan the physical book and away it goes."

DRM-Free Day, forever.

DRM-Free Day, forever.
By Mike Hendrickson
May 4, 2012

Mike Hendrickson: "Adding DRM to content to deter theft ... are you kidding me? Seriously, think about that. It will take a good programmer about an hour to get past most DRM, or a manual shop somewhere in the world will cut and scan the physical book and away it goes."

Join us in celebrating International Day Against DRM

By Joe Wikert
May 4, 2012

A DRM-free world is one where retailers will find it much harder to create a monopolistic position that locks you into their device or format.

Join us in celebrating International Day Against DRM

Join us in celebrating International Day Against DRM
By Joe Wikert
May 4, 2012

A DRM-free world is one where retailers will find it much harder to create a monopolistic position that locks you into their device or format.

Publishing News: Tor sets content free

By Jenn Webb
April 27, 2012

Macmillan's imprints under publisher Tom Doherty Associates will be DRM-free come July, Harvard opens access to its data and research, and Felix Salmon suggests the NYT sell its scoops to hedge funds.

Publishing News: Tor sets content free

Publishing News: Tor sets content free
By Jenn Webb
April 27, 2012

Macmillan's imprints under publisher Tom Doherty Associates will be DRM-free come July, Harvard opens access to its data and research, and Felix Salmon suggests the NYT sell its scoops to hedge funds.

What if ebook DRM goes away tomorrow?

By Joe Wikert
April 27, 2012

Abandoning DRM won't change the publishing landscape unless B&N, Kobo and others force the issue through innovative devices and apps. In fact, Joe Wikert says that same innovation can occur with or without DRM — so why wait?

What if ebook DRM goes away tomorrow?

By Joe Wikert
April 27, 2012

Abandoning DRM won't change the publishing landscape unless B&N, Kobo and others force the issue through innovative devices and apps. In fact, Joe Wikert says that same innovation can occur with or without DRM — so why wait?

Publishing News: Dropping DRM may be too little, too late

By Jenn Webb
April 20, 2012

It may be too late for the removal of DRM to make a difference for publishers, a textbook case heads to the Supreme Court, and Apple heads to court to seek validation.

Publishing News: Dropping DRM may be too little, too late

Publishing News: Dropping DRM may be too little, too late
By Jenn Webb
April 20, 2012

It may be too late for the removal of DRM to make a difference for publishers, a textbook case heads to the Supreme Court, and Apple heads to court to seek validation.

The anchor on ebook prices is gone. Now we'll see where they float

By Jenn Webb
April 17, 2012

Don Linn, president at Firebrand Associates, shares insights into the DOJ lawsuit and offers his take on what lies ahead for publishers and readers.

The anchor on ebook prices is gone. Now we'll see where they float

The anchor on ebook prices is gone. Now we'll see where they float
By Jenn Webb
April 17, 2012

Don Linn, president at Firebrand Associates, shares insights into the DOJ lawsuit and offers his take on what lies ahead for publishers and readers.

Ebook formats and the allure of customer lock-in

By Jenn Webb
April 12, 2012

In a recent video interview, O'Reilly's Sanders Kleinfeld addressed a number issues surrounding ebook formats. He also talked about how vendors are among the biggest obstacles to an open, universal ebook standard and the end of DRM.

Ebook formats and the allure of customer lock-in

Ebook formats and the allure of customer lock-in
By Jenn Webb
April 12, 2012

In a recent video interview, O'Reilly's Sanders Kleinfeld addressed a number issues surrounding ebook formats. He also talked about how vendors are among the biggest obstacles to an open, universal ebook standard and the end of DRM.

Four short links: 5 April 2012

By Nat Torkington
April 5, 2012

Who Else Uses Masonry Style? (Quora) -- list of sites using the multi-columns effect as provided by the jQuery plugin. Will Hatchette Be First Big 6 Publisher To Drop DRM? (Paid Content) -- DRM “doesn’t stop anyone from pirating,” Hachette SVP digital Thomas said in a publishing panel at Copyright Clearance Center’s OnCopyright 2012. “It just makes it more...

Publishing News: There's no such thing as degrees of DRM

By Jenn Webb
March 30, 2012

J.K. Rowling disrupts the publishing industry, at least for this week. Elsewhere, Google looks to help web publishers with survey revenue and Tim Carmody takes an in-depth look at the DoJ's investigation into agency pricing.

Publishing News: There's no such thing as degrees of DRM

Publishing News: There's no such thing as degrees of DRM
By Jenn Webb
March 30, 2012

J.K. Rowling disrupts the publishing industry, at least for this week. Elsewhere, Google looks to help web publishers with survey revenue and Tim Carmody takes an in-depth look at the DoJ's investigation into agency pricing.

Publishing News: It's time to break the stick

Publishing News: It's time to break the stick
By Jenn Webb
March 2, 2012

A dark cloud hangs over the ebook landscape. Elsewhere, another publisher stands up to Amazon and a new report says power readers are pointing the way toward a digital tipping point.

Publishing News: It's time to break the stick

By Jenn Webb
March 2, 2012

A dark cloud hangs over the ebook landscape. Elsewhere, another publisher stands up to Amazon and a new report says power readers are pointing the way toward a digital tipping point.


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