The Kindle family has already completed 10 years in the ereader market. In conjunction with the Kindle Store and Kindle apps, it has boosted the ebook and ereader industry, helping millions of people read without having to carry physical books. Ebook Friendly has created a great infographic in order to celebrate the anniversary. You can […]
Amazon’s Kindle line of devices are some of the most popular E Ink gadgets for reading eBooks, and for good reason. They’re relatively inexpensive, have good displays, offer long battery life, and make reading books from Amazon’s Kindle store super easy. But what about books you didn’t buy from Amazon? Kindles can support books that […]
The data shows that blocking pirate sites causes more harm than good, but that hasn’t stopped Canadian media companies from demanding that their government implement a website blacklist. A coalition of movie industry companies and ISPs, including Bell, Rogers, and Cineplex, announced this effort back in December, and they formally launched it last week as FairPlay Canada. Their plan calls for an extra-judicial blocklist that would bypass any legal proceedings and would instead empower a private organization to decide which sites are blocked. The Canadian blocklist would be maintained by a new non-profit organization called “Internet Piracy Review Agency” (IPRA) and enforced through the CTRC, Canadaland reports. The plan doesn’t come as a total surprise as Bell alluded to a nationwide blocking mechanism during a recent Government hearing. What becomes clear from the new plans, however, is that the telco is not alone. Canadian telecom regulator CTRC would be tasked with making sure ISPs obeyed the block, and it has already indicated that it is opposed to the idea. That is a good sign that this effort will go nowhere, but even if this block list is put into place, Michael Geist believes it will face multiple legal challenges: The limitations of blocking technologies, […]
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Here are a few stories to read this morning.
Cloudflare Terminates Service to Sci-Hub Domain Names (TorrentFreak)
Google’s Forgotten Service: How FeedBurner Became a Zombie (Motherboard)
So You Want To Be A Writer… (Evie Gaughan)
Publishers call on M…
Amazon started rolling out a new update today for late model Kindles. The changelong suggests it is a relatively minor update with only a couple new features, but at 212 MB it is also a rather sizable one.
Install this update and you will be able to se…
The embargo on this story is still in effect, but Scribd has let the cat out of the bag. Scribd just released a new update for its Android app in Google Play, and I hope you are sitting down before reading the changelog: WHAT’S NEW We’ve done away with credits, which means your subscription gives you access to an unlimited number of the best books, audiobooks, magazines, and more. General bug fixes and stabilization updates. We release new updates every two weeks, which means you’ll get access to the latest bug fixes and updated features as soon as possible. I don’t know what I can say without violating the embargo, but yes, this is real, and so far as I know there is no catch. Scribd is going back to the unlimited reading plan that they ended in February 2016. As you can read in the changelog, you will be able to read as many ebooks, magazines, and newspapers as you like. Please check this post mid-day tomorrow for more details (I haven’t finished writing the post, honestly). Edit: Here’s something else that leaked. I couldn’t get the Scribd rep to admit it, but there is a catch to the […]
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With the best of intentions, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has launched a new section of its website that is intended to highlight services and software features that consumers are denied because of DRM. There’s a whole catalog of devices that are missing from our world. Things we’d pay money for — things you could earn money with — don’t exist thanks to the chilling effects of an obscure copyright law: Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA 1201). That law makes selling a device that bypasses access controls on copyrighted works illegal, with criminal penalties of 5 years in prison (for a first offense!), and potential civil penalties in the millions. It’s hard to notice what isn’t there. We’re aiming to fix that, with this work of “design fiction” — a collection of devices, services, products, and tools. These things could have been, and should have been, but never were. This is a good idea, but unfortunately the EFF didn’t fact check the entries before they published their Catalog of Missing Devices. In the space of about 20 minutes I found two questionable claimes relating to ereaders. For starters, the EFF claims that you can’t install fonts on an ereader. […]
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There is an unconfirmed report on the local business site Business Den that Amazon is looking to open a bookstore in Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood:
The online retail giant is looking to bring its brick-and-mortar bookstore concept to the Denver …