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  • June 5, 2012
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The science fiction and fantasy publisher Tor/Forge has revealed plans for a DRM-free eBook store. In July, the publisher will begin selling Tor, Forge, Starscape, Tor Teen, and Orb digital books without copyright protection through the store. If more publishers follow suit, this could dramatically change the way eBooks are sold and read on digital…

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  • May 29, 2012
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Pan Macmillan Australia, a sister company to Macmillan Publishers (US) announced this morning that their new digital only  imprint, Momentum Books, would soon start releasing ebooks minus encumbering DRM. Momentum is the first imprint of a major Australian publisher to drop DRM and will be following in the footsteps of another Macmillan publisher, Tor-Forge Books,…

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  • May 5, 2012
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Throw off your shackles! It’s 4 May 2012, the unofficial holiday dedicated making more people aware of DRM and how to remove it. I have long taken the position that one should always remove DRM in order to make sure you don’t lose your purchases, whether it’s due to switching computers, changing to a new…

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  • April 2, 2012
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Could Hachette take a hatchet to DRM? That’s the suggestion Laura Hazard Owen makes in a piece on PaidContent covering remarks by Hachette SVP Maja Thomas at the Copyright Clearance Center’s OnCopyright 2012 event. Thomas reiterated some of the same points that DRM opponents have made, pointing out that DRM is a speedbump rather than…

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  • April 2, 2012
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Here’s an interesting article from TorrentFreak.  I thought cutting down piracy was supposed to increase sales.  I guess not. A new report from the Hadopi office, conveniently written in English so it can be used by lobbyists all around the world, is claiming the following. “Benchmarking studies covering all of the sources available shows a…

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  • April 2, 2012
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Do you ever have one of those stories that doesn’t go anywhere near the simple cookie-cutter post? That’s what I have today. There were a couple news stories last week on what Hachette thought of DRM, and at first glance it looks like 2 senior managers are contradicting each other. I was all set to…

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  • March 29, 2012
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It never takes long for DRM to be identified and cracked, and the Harry Potter ebooks sold by Pottermore are no exception. It took a couple hours of disassembling the Epub and going over it line by line, but it’s pretty clear that the digital watermarks, a benign form of social DRM, are being provided…

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  • March 28, 2012
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Well, the Harry Potter e-books are out, and they’re making a splash. There are a number of reactions being reported on the web to various aspects of the announcement, and it interests me to look at some of them. For starters, Tim Carmody at Wired calls attention to the fact that Amazon and Barnes &…

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  • March 23, 2012
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On FutureBook, Philip Jones posts a summary of the first episode of his new podcast, The Naked Book. This episode had to do with DRM, and featured talks with people including Anobii chief executive Matteo Berlucchi (who I’ve previously covered for his presentation stating that publishers should bite the bullet and drop DRM so they…

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  • March 14, 2012
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That’s the title of an article by Peter Brantley in Publishers Weekly.  Here’s an excerpt. Publishers argue that one of the benefits of agency pricing was that ebook retailers had to compete on the value of their services, which was (oddly) presumed by publishers to be of higher value to consumers than pricing. Not only…