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  • April 9, 2012
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So I’ve been reading all the stories this past about a hotel chain (namely Marriott) selling Wifi access and then injecting ads into the websites you visit over the Wifi (here, source).  I had left the story alone because it wasn’t strictly ebook related and I couldn’t figure out what to say about it other…

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  • April 4, 2012
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I’ve written about a number of scam & pirate sites in the past couple years, including MyPadMedia, Touch Textbooks, and others. I’ve seen so much that little surprises me anymore. Which is why I was surprised by the chutzpah of another pirate site today. The Novel Network is a site that is new to me,…

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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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  • March 30, 2012
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Publishing Trends has an interesting article looking at the problem of manga scanlation, which a number of manga publishers feel is retarding the potential international market for their product. Scanlation, the manga equivalent of fansubbing, has been around for a while, but really kicked into gear around 2007. (I covered this in detail a couple…

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  • March 30, 2012
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Forty-two hours. That’s how long it took for the first pirated copies of the official Pottermore Harry Potter ebooks to show up on a pirate site. A reader tipped me to the story this afternoon. One not terribly intelligent pirate uploaded a complete set of the Pottermore ebooks, in Epub, last night. I looked them…

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  • March 29, 2012
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PaidContent has an update on the status of “For Dummies” publisher John Wiley’s court cases against individuals accused of illicitly sharing various “For Dummies” books via BitTorrent. The company was able to unmask 46 “John Doe” defendants, 40 of whom were dropped from the case after apparently settling for an undisclosed amount. The publisher is…

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  • March 28, 2012
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The Literary Platform has a fairly long piece looking at the question of ethical consumerism (primarily focused on books and e-books, but also stepping back to look at the larger picture of consumerism in general). This includes the question of buying versus piracy, but also touches on the wider picture of paying full-price at bookstores…

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  • March 27, 2012
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Stick a fork in Rights Haven’t, I mean Righthaven—it’s done. Techdirt reports that the company has stopped showing up at court cases altogether, leading them to be dismissed “for lack of prosecution.” CEO Steve Gibson is now working for the Las Vegas office of Detroit-based law firm Dickenson Wright (while being investigated by the Nevada…

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  • March 25, 2012
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Paul Sawers at TheNextWeb reports that Hachette UK has succeeded in getting user-generated-content website Mobiles24 to remove all Hachette-published e-book titles available for download. Hachettes sent the site a “letter before action” giving the site a deadline of February 29th to remove all unauthorized Hachette content from the site, and it has now done so….