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  • May 14, 2013
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At the end of last week, New York Times technology columnist David Pogue reflected on what we’ve learned (and not learned) from Macmillan’s move to drop DRM from the digital books sold by its Tor imprint. Announced in January 2012, the decision took effect a year ago, affording Pogue an anniversary assessment. Digital versions of…

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  • May 3, 2013
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 It’s that time of year again. Today is the International Day Against DRM, the unofficial holiday dedicated to making more people aware of DRM and how to remove it. I have long argued that one should always remove DRM in order to make sure you don’t lose your purchases, whether it’s due to switching computers,…

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  • April 30, 2013
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Late last week Tor UK posted an update on their efforts to go DRM-free. It’s been just over one year since Tor-Forge Books announced plans to distribute their ebooks without DRM (and 9 months since the DRM was officially removed), and the move has seen a lot of support by both authors and readers. But…

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  • March 17, 2013
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JManga broke some hearts this week when they announced that they were ceasing operations. This digital manga distributor announced earlier this week that they would no longer sell manga as of 26 March and planned to shut down completely in May. Any customers with store credit would get a refund in Amazon.com gift cards, and…

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  • March 17, 2013
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JManga broke some hearts this week when they announced that they were ceasing operations. This digital manga distributor announced earlier this week that they would no longer sell manga as of 26 March and planned to shut down completely in May. Any customers with store credit would get a refund in Amazon.com gift cards, and…

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  • March 1, 2013
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When it comes to DRM anyone who wanted to open their own ebookstore generally had 2 options. Pay Adobe a lot of money to license Adobe DE DRM or sell ebooks DRM-free via Paypal, Gumroad, or some other service. But in the past few months there has been a number of new services launched that…

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  • March 1, 2013
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When it comes to DRM anyone who wanted to open their own ebookstore generally had 2 options. Pay Adobe a lot of money to license Adobe DE DRM or sell ebooks DRM-free via Paypal, Gumroad, or some other service. But in the past few months there has been a number of new services launched that…

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  • February 5, 2013
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DRM is a topic with entrenched positions on both sides, and in all the years I have been watching the debate I have read arguments about whether DRM was necessary, useful, and effective at preventing piracy. But there’s one argument that I have not seen debated, and that would be the cost-effectiveness of a small…

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  • January 13, 2013
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Earlier this week I reported that the POD and ebook distributor service Lulu had dropped DRM from their ebookstore, and it seems they’re not the only ones. Some time next week Centraal Boekhuis, the leading distributor of books and ebooks in the Netherlands, will start distributing more ebook titles unencumbered by Adobe DRM. They’re not…

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  • January 9, 2013
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It could be said that DRM came about due to a fear of what customers might do if they’re not on a leash, and today Lulu has overcome that fear. They’ve just announced that they’re dropping support for Adobe DE DRM. Effective January 15, 2013, Lulu will no longer offer Adobe’s Digital Editions DRM as…