The Window to Request an eBook DMCA Exemption Ends Today

6915188757_b176fbdf0f_m[1]Every three years the US Copyright Office invites the public to suggest new exemptions to the DMCA, and as Ars Technica and TeleRead reminded us last week our chance to request an exemption for ebook DRM ends today, 3 November.

Much to my chagrin, almost the entire 2 plus month long public query period slipped by under my radar. And that is a shame, because this time around I would have loved to organize a campaign to promote a DMCA exemption for stripping ebook DRM. Continue reading

Has Kobo Resolved the Download Issue?

1229138273_331e5768f8[1]It’s been just over a month since Kobo’s perennial problem with blocking downloads of purchased ebooks came to a head, and it looks like that problem has been resolved.

I was checking my Kobo account this morning and I noticed that virtually all of the ebooks could now be downloaded from the website and transferred to another app or device.  Considering that this time last month about a third of the titles lacked a download option, that represents a major change. Continue reading

iVerse to Take on Comixology with Enhanced Support for DRM-free Comics

iverse_ipad1[1]One of the companies which Comixology crushed in taking control of the digital comics market is back again with a new app which targets the DRM-free comics market.

Bleeding Cool reports that iVerse was showing off a new app last week at NY Comicon that BC is describing as the iTunes of digital comics. Not only will the app support the digital comics sold by iVerse, it will also support CBZ and CBR formats. Continue reading

Simon & Schuster to Dabble in DRM-Free eBooks

saga-press[1]Simon & Schuster announced this week that they are taking a tepid half-step towards releasing DRM-free ebooks. According to PW, S&S’s newest SF imprint will be releasing its ebooks DRM-free.

Saga Press, which is scheduled to publish its first books next spring, is described by S&S as “an all-inclusive fantasy and science fiction imprint publishing great books across the spectrum of genre, from fantasy to science fiction, commercial to literary, speculative fiction to slipstream, urban fantasy to supernatural suspense.” This blandly generic SF imprint was announced in February of this year and has 4 titles scheduled for the spring launch (more details at tor.com). Continue reading

How to Download Kobo eBooks (Including the Ones They Won’t Allow) And Strip the DRM

kobo itunes ios logoFor as long as I’ve shopped there, Kobo has always had an issue with not letting customers download copies of all of the ebooks they buy.  I’ve never understood why and they’ve never supplied a consistent answer, but some of the ebooks bought at Kobo can only be read in Kobo hardware and apps. Continue reading

Comixology Expands DRM-Free Offerings With Second Wave of Publishers

comixology mobilePleased with the response to their DRM-free comics offerings, Comixology announced today that they were expanding the selection of DRM-free comics.

Fourteen comics publishers, including DW Publishing, Valiant, Oni Press, Fantagraphic, Aspen Comics, Action Lab, Th3rd World Studios, A Wave Blue World, Blind Ferret, Caliber Comics, Creative Impulse, Devil?s Due, GT Labs Comics, and Kingstone, are following the 6 publishers who helped Comixology launch the DRM-free offering just over 2 months ago. Continue reading

HarperCollins Thinks There’s No Such Thing as Too Much DRM, Adds Another DRM Layer to eBooks

HarperCollinsHarperCollins dashed my hopes today when they announced that they were spending even more on DRM. This publisher isn’t just using DRM to try to lock down consumer copies; they’ve expanded the idea with the false hope that they can use digital watermark DRM to make their supply chain more secure.

From PW: Continue reading