Thu, 27/03/2014 - 13:30
Verso Books is launching a new consumer offer, bundling DRM-free e-books with all print purchases made through its website.
The radical publisher will offer a free e-book version "for all new ttiles and hundreds of recent ones" with every hard copy purchased, with free postage worldwide. The watermarked e-books will be saved...
Thu, 13/02/2014 - 08:50
Author Hugh Howey has launched a genre e-book sales analysis venture, Author Earnings.
The project’s stated goal is “to gather and share information so that writers can make informed decisions”, with Howey calling for “better pay and fairer terms in all contracts....
Fri, 17/01/2014 - 11:47
The Japanese government is to end a loophole that allows digital content, such as e-books, to be downloaded from abroad to avoid tax.
Designed to plug the loss of ¥24.7bn worth of tax revenues on e-books alone and protect local publishers who pay the 5% consumption tax (due to rise to 10% by 2015), the new law is aimed at foreign...
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...