March 11th, 2011 · opinion
The UK’s Guardian site is running a story with the title “Authors demand drive to raise readers’ awareness of book piracy’s cost“. It’s basically a lot of authors and publishers whining about ebook piracy. They are demanding “someone” do “something” about it and let readers know that it’s bad – maybe via a publicity drive. From the story:
Crime writer David Hewson, author of the Italy-set Nic Costa novels, said a campaign along the lines of “People Who Love Books Don’t Steal Books” was urgently required – because readers who consider themselves his fans are downloading pirated copies of his ebooks and audiobooks. [Read more →]
January 27th, 2011 · opinion
I was playing around with a textbook search engine today and I kept seeing one of my theories about digital textbooks being proved over and over.
I’m sure Book.ly has been around for a while, but I only just heard about it when they spammed my old college email address. Normally I delete spam like this and forget about it, but the email mentioned that book.ly also covered ebooks. I couldn’t see where anyone had posted on this part of book.ly before so I thought it worth looking into. [Read more →]
There’s a new reading app in iTunes that was released a couple weeks ago. It’s being sold for $1.99 and it offers access to 1.8m titles.
If you buy it then you have wasted your money. You can get all the same titles for free through Stanza. Basically this is just a for pay version of Stanza. Don’t waste your time getting this app.
Yes, I did buy a copy. It’s not worth 2 bucks.
Update: Mike Cane tipped me to a video on Youtube. [Read more →]