Mon, 12/08/2013 - 15:35
I am one of the first to argue that the existence of DRM is damaging to the relationship between readers and authors, and more particularly between readers and publishers.
I believe that DRM protects large corporates from innocent consumers and that there...
Fri, 17/05/2013 - 09:51
Booksellers from across Europe have urged European Commission representatives to act over the use of closed e-book systems by major market players such as Apple and Amazon.
At the European and International Booksellers Federation conference in Brussels yesterday (16th May), industry members from different countries urged the...
Thu, 16/05/2013 - 13:00
There is no convincing technological reason preventing e-book interoperability between different formats and platforms, giving customers a free choice to shop in different e-book stores, a report from the European and International Booksellers Federation has said. But the Federation said open e-book platforms did not suit the business models...
Mon, 15/04/2013 - 05:00
New kid on the block Inside the Dog Press is taking a “punk rock” attitude to publishing, with digital rights management-free e-book titles as well as artwork-inspired physical books.
Founder Crispin Somerville’s background in music merchandising and management has led him to make all Inside the Dog’s e-books...
Wed, 03/04/2013 - 08:00
Amazon and six US publishers have asked a US court to dismiss a lawsuit by three American independent booksellers which claimed they combined to restrict the sale of e-books through indie stores.
Amazon told the court in filings this week that the true reason the indie booksellers launched the lawsuit was because Amazon was "...
Mon, 18/03/2013 - 16:22
Digital rights management is the elephant in the boardroom for all publishers; some in the industry argue that a strict DRM policy—which limits what a reader can do with a digital book once they’ve bought it—is playing into the hands of Amazon (whose users are locked into its Kindle platform) and sending out the wrong...
Thu, 21/02/2013 - 15:43
The Booksellers Association has spoken out on the issue of e-books, DRM and a healthy marketplace, following the launch of a lawsuit by independent booksellers in the US.
Three US independents have launched a case against Amazon and the six major...
Thu, 21/02/2013 - 10:15
Three US independent bookshops have launched a lawsuit against the big six publishers and Amazon in America claiming that by signing a contract to sell e-books with DRM through Amazon, they are combining to restrict the sale of e-books through indie stores.
Fiction Addiction in South Carolina, Posman Books in New York [pictured] and...
Mon, 18/02/2013 - 08:00
For a creative industry we can be awfully fixed in our thinking. From royalty rates to Digital Rights Management to e-book lending to a “Spotify” model to bundling, an inflexible approach looks to be at odds with a world that has gone the other way.
Last week we held the Foyles Bookshop Workshops, the intention of which...
Mon, 14/01/2013 - 14:42
De Arbeiderspers/A W Bruna, the largest publisher in the Netherlands, has removed DRM from its e-books for the first time.
All of the publisher's e-books, aside from those sold via the iBooks store, will be sold with a watermark attached rather than any DRM system.
Without Adobe DRM attached, customers will be able to...