In an unsurprising turn of events, earlier today an 8-person jury in Oakland, Calif. returned a verdict in favor of Apple, ruling that Apple was not liable for harming consumers in its use of DRM on iTunes in 2006 to 2009. From Ars Technica: Continue reading
Anthony's Notes noticed this week that there was an unheralded blurb on Comixology's Tumblr with the news. There's no similar mention of Archie in the list of DRM-free publishers on the Comixolgy website, but the listings for titles from Archie Comics would seem to suggest that they can be downloaded as DRM-free PDF and CBZ. Continue reading
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
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
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 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
According to Kobo CTO Trevor Hunter, a fix is in the works: Continue reading
For 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