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Untangling the Amazon/Hachette Dispute

“To break Amazon’s lock on ebooks, publishers could insist that DRM-free EPUB become the format of choice, eliminating the connection between reading on a Kindle and purchasing from Amazon”

via TidBITS: Untangling the Amazon/Hachette Dispute.

Glenn Fleishman, writing at TidBITS, gives a clear explanation of the current kerfuffle around Amazon and Hachette regarding ebook pricing.

I have to say, it’s because of the superiority of the Kindle that I buy all my ebooks from Amazon. Reading on an iPad is only good indoors, but I can read on a Kindle anywhere. If I could buy ebooks without DRM and use them on my Kindle or iPad as I choose – which I do now, using the Kindle app on my Apple devices – I would certainly not be wedded to Amazon for my ebook purchases.

This happened to music, in large part through EU regulators looking at the lack of interoperability of digital music files. I wonder why they haven’t done the same for ebooks.

Amazon Announces Kindle Unlimited, $10 Monthly Access to More than 600,000 Books

Amazon today announced Kindle Unlimited, a $10 per month all-you-can-read subscription to Kindle e-books. Amazon touts “unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for just $9.99 a month.” I alluded to this a few days ago, when Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited webpage was prematurely leaked. I’m not sure what the […]

Hardware Notes: Anker 40W 5-Port USB Charger

You know how, when you have a dozen or so devices to charge, that it gets increasingly complicated to charge them? You only have so many USB ports on your computer to plug them in, and it’s annoying to keep playing musical USB ports with your cables. Here in The Barn, I’ve got lots of […]

Amazon Should Allow Multiple Accounts on Kindles

I’ve complained about Apple IDs, in a recent Macworld article, as these IDs control the DRM that regulates what content you can use on different devices. But Apple’s not the only company running a DRM ring that limits how you can access your content. Amazon does this as well, with the DRM on Kindle books. […]

iPad mini vs. Kindle Paperwhite

I like the idea of the Kindle, and the idea of the Kindle Paperwhite even more. Offering the ability to read both outdoors in sunlight, and indoors with a backlight, it seems like the best of both worlds. Alas, having received a Kindle Paperwhite yesterday, I’m very disappointed. Not only is the backlight not very […]

Why I Want a 7″ iPad

I’ve been an iPad owner from day one; well, month one. The first iPad wasn’t initially sold here in France, but I had a colleague in the US buy me one and ship it to me. From the beginning, I felt that the iPad was the computing device that I never had but had always […]

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