Copyright law makes for strange circumstances. This is because it’s a monopoly designed to let creators make money, but the vast majority of everything that’s copyrighted isn’t for sale anymore, if it ever was. Everything is fully protected from the moment it’s created, regardless of its creator’s intent. But most of what copyright law touches is never commercial, and even the exceptions are rarely commercially viable for long.
Publisher put pressure on Kickstarter to yank "Back to the Wild"
Kickstarter isn't some fly-by-night website that nobody's heard of. Just the opposite, Kickstarter has successfully funded several high profile projects (Ouya's $99 Android console, for example) and revived certain franchises (hello, Leisure Suit Larry, nice to make your true acquaintance again!), and you better believe copyright holders are paying attention. That includes HarperCollins, which pressured Kickstarter to pull an unauthorized sequel to Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are."
Before it shipped, a friend of mine expressed a great deal of skepticism—even hostility—about the Kindle Fire. This was right after HP had dropped their remaining stock of Touchpads onto the market for $200 each.
My buddy failed to understand two things—first, HP was abandoning the Touchpad and cleaning out their warehouses. And second, the Kindle Fire is not a tablet—it’s a low-cost content-delivery system. This is critical to understanding what the Kindle can and can’t do.
Despite the fact that the internet is a constant source of never ending electronic amusement, sometimes it’s simply not enough to keep you entertained. On the days where memes, kittens, trolls and games just aren’t cutting it, might we suggest settling in with a good book? Don’t worry, there’s no need to go cold turkey by turning off your rig while you read--far from it. As a matter of fact, our Cool Site of the Week, GoodReads, can actually enhance the life of a bookworm.
Amazon has made small tweaks to its Kindle e-book format over the years, but now the retailer has surprised the industry again by announcing a new HTML5 version of the Kindle format called Format 8. This approach leverages a toolset that already has wide support and allows a richer experience -- perfect for magazines and comics.
There are times when nothing else will do but to dig your teeth into the meat of a good book. If you neglected to tuck a paperback, e-reader or tablet into your bag, Amazon and Google have you have you covered, thanks to Kindle Cloud Reader, our Chrome Web App of the Week.
The much anticipated Google Music service is said to have been delayed due to Google's demand for cloud music rights for songs purchased through its service. But as it now turns out, Google is not the only company interested in cloud rights for media content. According to a Cnet report, Amazon is also holding similar discussions with content owners from both the film and music industries. Meanwhile, a separate report claims that Apple too is working on a cloud-based digital locker service of its own.
A federal judge in New York upset Google's plans to create the biggest digital library and bookstore the world has ever seen. Google's grand idea was to scan and digitize pretty much every book ever published, an idea that was initially met with opposition from authors and book publishers. Google responded by agreeing to a $125 million settlement, and the project seem destined to happen, until now.
With a complete lack of fanfare, Amazon has thrown the switch allowing users to loan Kindle books as promised. The feature works much the same as the loaning implementation on the Nook. Users can loan a book to one user for two weeks. Loans are apparently limited to a single session, and the original user cannot access the title in that time.
These are certainly onerous rules, but many publishers aren't even allowing loans. Early reports indicate that several big publishing houses have loans turned off. These include Avon, Hachette, Harlequin and Penguin. More titles could become available over time as publishers wise up, or authors grant the necessary rights.
Users can loan a book by logging into their Amazon account and checking their purchased books. Loaned books will be readable in any of the Kindle apps or the web client. Loans cannot be initiated from the apps as of yet, but we expect Amazon to add that ability soon. Despite the restrictions, will you take advantage of this feature?
During an interview with CNN's Howard Kurtz, author Nicholas Negroponte, founder of the One Laptop per Child project, said that physical books are not long for this world.
"It will be in five years," Negroponte said in reference to the demise of physical books. "The physical medium cannot be distributed to enough people. When you go to Africa, half a million people want books ... you can't send the physical thing. When we ship with our laptop books to a village, we put 100 books on a laptop, but we also send 100 laptops in ... That village now has 10,000 books. This is an African village without electricity. So that's the future."
Negroponte clearly sees eBook readers and tablets supplanting physical books in the not-too-distant future, and it should be noted that Amazon recently said it sold more eBooks than paperback ones. At the same time, it's hard to imagine a world without physical books. Let's forget about the technological hurdles still to be worked out -- like the iPad's poor performance in sunlight and eBook readers requiring a light when reading in the dark -- there are some, and probably many, who will always prefer the look, feel, and even the smell of a paper bound book.
Do you see eBooks and tablets replacing traditional books in five years? How about in 10 years, or beyond? Hit the jump and sound off.