Morning Coffee – 1 June 2015

CGHF2RAWEAERfpCMust read stories this morning include George RR Martin's abusive relationship with his fans, the logical next step for the open office plan, DRM lessons from the music industry, and how using your own copyrighted work might actually be infringing.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

3 Comments on Morning Coffee – 1 June 2015

  1. “Just what the publishing industry needs”? That’s sarcasm, right?

    The linked article is rife with problems, not the least of which is the false equivalence made between DRM and stream encryption. Though I can see how it could be interpreted as such and I’m sure that’s what’s said to make music folks feel all warm and fuzzy, it’s really not the same thing (though it’s just as trivial to circumvent).

    And how exactly would that apply to book publishing, anyway? Are people going to limit their reading to an always-connected book stream with no “offline” reading? Not only is that equally easy to circumvent (and is therefore ineffective), it also doesn’t suit the medium of reading.

    And… and… I’ll stop now. Rantjuice has run its course, I think.

    • It was a snarky comment I picked up off of twitter. I laughed, so i thought it worth repeating.

    • And as for the DRM, I do think streaming encryption can be considered a type of DRM (it’s a fuzzy area). I know one failed Manga platform which required that you be online to read the comics; I regarded that as a DRM measure. There’s also SimCity, and ebook platforms like Scribd and Safari which do stream ebooks when you read in your web browser.

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