In the two days since Amazon officially announced their ebook subscription service, everyone and their cousin has posted an editorial on the question of whether KU is good or bad for authors.
Being neither an author nor a publishers, I sat out the debate, but as I looked over the links I collected for tomorrow’s Morning Coffee post I realized that had an excess of links for this one topic. And even though I have no opinion either way on the question, I can see that I am in the minority.Here are 6 different takes on this question, including a couple which address the point from unusual tangents. Continue reading →
Like many gadget owners I like to take my ereaders with me outside, and like many gadget owners I live in constant fear of dropping my ereader in a puddle.
But not any more. I’ve just been sent a link to a Calif. based company called Waterfi. This gadget reseller has recently started offering a waterproof Kindle which they guarantee can be used in any weather conditions as well as underwater. Continue reading →
Amazon is introducing an advertising component to the Kindle platform. I love it. Kudos to Jeff Bezos & Co. for their forward thinking on this initiative. I’m talking about the less expensive ($114) device currently known as “Kindle with Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers.” (It’s not the sexiest name but it certainly describes the product! Still, I wonder what Apple would have named this…)
Smashwords is one of my favorite ebookstores. I probably buy more ebooks there than from any other ebookstore. A lot of that has to do with price, but it also has to do with my desire to find great reads from indie authors rather than supporting Agency 6 overpricing of ebooks.
Do you know how you can type a few letters and Google will guess at words you’re about to type? Google will no longer suggest words like bittorrent, rapidshare, utorrent, etc. This censorship inspired me to pull out my notes for this post.
I don’t have an actual quote, but I do believe that Google must like the idea of piracy. Otherwise they wouldn’t have designed Android to be so heavily dependent on it. Continue reading →
Yesterday I spent most of the afternoon writing out my idea for how fanfic and other writers could theoretically use digital technology to bypass copyright roadblocks. What inspired me was the recent story about an unauthorized sequel to “The Catcher in the Rye” that Salinger managed to quash in the U.S. before his death. Continue reading →
The Los Angeles Times reported today that when a prison official returned from holiday vacation last month, she found a new Kindle on her desk. It had been given to her by Fabian Nuñez, former Assembly Speaker for California and father of inmate Esteban Nuñez, who is serving time for murder. The prison official reported it and returned it immediately, and Nuñez Sr. apologized for the bribe gift. Continue reading →
If you follow ebook news, you might have heard of a site called GoodEreader.com. At first glance it looks like a news site. It has a blog, podcast, and a monthly magazine, and they even opened an ereader store last week. But all of that is all a facade that they are using to hide their true activities.
GoodEreader.com are a pirate ebook website that’s been operating for a couple years now. It has been quietly known in ebook circles that they actively pirate ebooks, but no one wanted to do anything about it. We’ve all just been ignoring the matter, and it’s time that changed. Continue reading →
You’ve probably heard the news already that the head of the US Copyright Office plans to retire at the end of this year. What you might have missed is why you should care.
Take a moment and think about who her replacement will be.
Right now we have a Vice-President who has clearly bought in to the story told by Big Media. (No, Mr. Biden, piracy is not theft.) And given that the US Congress sold their soul long, long ago, what kind of candidate do you think they’ll approve?
The new Register will be able to influence copyright law for the next 20 years. Think about the damage that person could cause, and then go contact your Congressman. Please. It’s not to late to do something.