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  • August 15, 2012
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In case you thought that Tor’s enlightened stance on DRM might be a sign that the ice might be starting to melt around the Big Six publishers, think again. Today in Publishers Weekly, Cory Doctorow writes he has obtained a letter that the UK arm of Hachette sent to authors publishing with it asking that…

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  • August 3, 2012
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Columnist David Pogue has just posted a brief but sure-to-be controversial entry to his New York Times blog. Wanting to give his son some good e-books to read at summer camp on his iPod Touch (you go, kid!), he recommended the late Robert Ludlum’s seminal spy novel The Bourne Identity. But when he went to…

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  • August 3, 2012
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Digital book piracy is a major problem facing some 21st Century authors. New York Times tech columnist David Pogue just told his readers why he decided to download an eBook from a BitTorrent site. At the same time, many publishers and authors don’t have the financial resources to hire a legal service to fight piracy….

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  • July 24, 2012
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MADFinger Games, developers of the zombie first-person shooter Dead Finger, have taken to heart the phrase “if you can’t beat them, join them”. A few days ago they released a new update to Dead Finger, and in addition to bug fixes the game also became free to play. Naturally this upset the many people who…

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  • July 23, 2012
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Earlier this week I posted about a security hole in the web browser on the Kindle Touch, one which would enable a hacker to create a malicious website which could damage your Kindle Touch. This could be a serious issue if someone made use of it, but like all gray clouds, there’s a silver lining….

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  • July 22, 2012
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While I usually despise publicity stunts, sometimes they work. TorrentFreak is reporting that one female Brazilian author is taking an extreme approach to her protest of piracy. She recently stripped down in Lima, Peru, as a symbolic and pointless gesture. Of course, this is more likely just a stunt to get attention for her latest…

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  • July 12, 2012
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The actions of the fantasy author, who published the photo and details of The First Confessor pirate, have divided digital opinion Wizard hero Richard Rahl smites wrongdoers with his Sword of Truth. His creator, the bestselling fantasy author Terry Goodkind, turned to Facebook to name and shame a fan who pirated a digital version of…

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  • June 1, 2012
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Stephen King is no stranger to experimentation, and depending on how you measure it he’s one of the early adopters of the idea. Back in 2000, long before the Kindle brought the market to life, Stephen King published one of his novels as a serial. The Plant didn’t quite have the success desired (not enough…

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  • May 26, 2012
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Decades from now, once we’ve learned how to scan and upload a human mind, it’s going to be possible to be revived after a physical death and live on as a computer simulation of yourself. But have you considered what that really means, considering the current behavior of the major media companies? From time to…

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  • May 26, 2012
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Mark Waid, the creative genius behind Marvel’s new Infinite Comics,  has recently launched  his own comic imprint, Thrillbent Comics. He’s decided to embrace piracy rather than fight it. The first 4 installments of Insufferable, his first title, are available to read free on the Thrillbent website.  But they’re also available on various pirate sites thanks…