Category Archives: DRM

DRM. It is fading.

Dear reader, As of January 18th of this year, most Dutch e-books will be sold without DRM. This may not affect you directly, after all not everyone buys and reads Dutch books. However, also world-wide publisher lulu.com has decided to say farewell to DRM. And this might be quite good news for you. If you didn’t know, lulu.com also sells… (more…)


Don’t wait to download your e-book

Dear reader, Do you buy e-books? And do you pay for them by credit card? If yes and yes, it is wise to download your e-books as soon as you can, and keep them safe somewhere! Read on why, as I found this on “Opposing Views“: DRM rears its ugly, malformed, malignant, cross-eyed head again. Despite the fact that, as Cory Doctorow so aptly put it, no one has… (more…)


The best places for DRM-free e-books – part 2 of 2

By Joanna Cabot From Part 1: I love DRM-free books! I know that for most people, DRM is an issue they might not think about often; if their books work, they’re happy. But for many more experienced e-book users, it’s an issue to care about. Unless, that is, you buy and read books that are DRM-free. The books referenced and linked to below… (more…)


The best places for DRM-free e-books – part 1 of 2

As found on Teleread: By Joanna Cabot I love DRM-free books! I know that for most people, DRM is an issue they might not think about often; if their books work, they’re happy. But for many more experienced e-book users, it’s an issue to care about. If you acquire 100 Amazon e-books and then you buy a Kobo, how are you… (more…)


E-reading devices compared

Dear reader, More and more signals appear that the E-ink technology that is used in many popular e-reading devices is getting beating upon beating from the realm of the tablets. Not very surprising, as tablets become more and more affordable and offer more versatility compared to e-readers that you can ‘only’ use to read. ♦ So what is the difference of… (more…)


Hachette UK loves its DRM

As found on The Digital Reader: In case you thought that Tor’s enlightened stance on DRM might be a sign that the ice might be starting to melt around the Big Six publishers, think again. Today in Publishers Weekly, Cory Doctorow writes he has obtained a letter that the UK arm of Hachette sent to authors publishing with it asking that they… (more…)


DRM

Dear reader, As you may know, DRM stands for “Digital Rights Management.” It’s a copy protection scheme designed to prevent piracy. While few would disagree that authors deserve compensation for their hard work, the problem with DRM is that it treats law-abiding customers like criminals. DRM controls how, where and when a reader reads books. Oh, and then there’s the small… (more…)


How DRM weakens publishers’ negotiating leverage with retailers

This post originally appeared on BoingBoing - By Cory Doctorow at 7:23 am Monday, Apr 2 My latest Publishers Weekly column is “A Whip to Beat Us With,” which describes how publishers who allow retailers to add DRM to their products hand those retailers a commercial advantage to exercise over the publishers themselves. Jim C. Hines’s e-books are marketed both through a big publisher and… (more…)


DRM-free ebooks

Perhaps, dear reader, you sometimes wonder where you can find DRM-free ebooks. Baen Books (link to Google+) sells only DRM free ebooks. This might be very interesting for some of you, so I decided to share this knowledge wit you. I, for one, am looking forward to a DRM free world! Baen Ebooks Baen’s eBook marketplace. eBooks with no DRM,… (more…)


Publishers: victims of their own DRM

Dear reader, I have never considered DRM (Digital Rights Management) a good thing on ebooks. It is annoying when something goes slightly wrong, it adds to the cost of creating an ebook, and “out there” on the big internet are many tools available to remove the DRM-code that ebook publishers have so painstakingly added to their ebooks. Today I learnt… (more…)