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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Nadia Lee
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 05:43:54

    If the customer feels they have been wrongly accused, you can pay $35 for a review.

    So do you get that $35 reimbursed if they’re wrong about you downloading illegal material online? And how the heck are they going to know? Some people mask their IP addresses and/or use other people’s unsecured wifi to do this.

  2. Ren
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 09:53:04

    @Nadia Lee: For the low, low price of not four payments, not three payments, not even two payments, but JUST ONE PAYMENT of $34.99, we’ll seize every internet-ready device you own, scrutinize every bit of your hard drive’s history, and get back to you with our verdict whenever we feel like it, if we remember. Call within the next four minutes and ask about how you can throw EVEN MORE MONEY at us!

  3. DS
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 09:57:13

    Per the article you do get the $35 back if you “win the review”. Consider that the decision maker isn’t impartial I wonder what the odds of winning the review are? How could anyone prove that their IP was spoofed? In fact how many people would know that it is possible to spoof IP addresses?

  4. Deb
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 10:02:58

    Wow, I wish there were more competition in cable services.

    Yeah, I don’t get the Johnny Depp thing either, but I think my daughters might ;-)

  5. Helen
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 10:05:20

    My husband sent me this link. It is very slow after being slashdotted:

  6. Ridley
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 10:30:49

    @Helen: THAT is why everyone should scrape the DRM off of everything they buy. That’s just horrid.

  7. sao
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 10:46:07

    What’s funny is that while American companies are waging war on piracy — and obviously not understanding the international arena, the Kindle in Russia is sold as an e-reader where the books are free. (Not, as far as I can tell by Amazon, but by the hordes of people who buy a bunch in the US and sell them in Moscow. Kiosks offering to jailbreak your iPhone were on every corner in Moscow before Apple decided to actually sell the iPhone in Russia. )

    There’s a huge market outside the US and companies like Amazon don’t know it and when they do, they can’t appreciate that not only is the rest of the world not like the US, but Moldova, Mongolia and Mozambique are not like Monaco or each other, even if they are in the department you call ROW (rest of world).

    The culture and norms of e-books reading are being set in these countries, for the most part without any contribution of the international companies who think they set standards and who will be outraged if their standards and rules are flagrantly flouted by people for who they are bizarre, unbelievable and unfair.

  8. Mireya
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 10:48:06

    @Helen: That is one of the reasons why I went through the hassle of learning how to remove DRM and also using more than one back-up system (my PC hard drive, an external hard drive and a “cloud”… and incidentally no one should solely rely on a “cloud” only for back ups).

    These news are scaring the heck out of me. I also foresee customer class actions.


  9. CourtneyLee
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 17:08:20

    @Helen: Aaaaand now I’m going to download everything in my Kinde archive to my Kindle for PC app, copy the lot to my portable hard drive, and strip the DRM at my leisure.

  10. Wahoo Suze
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 18:04:00


    Depp, whose movies include Edward Scissorhands and Dark Shadows, already has ties to the book world.

    He was a close friend of Hunter S Thompson, and starred in film adaptations of Thompson’s books Rum Diary and Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas.


    HarperCollins said Depp was seeking out ‘authentic, outspoken and visionary ideas and voices’.

    Depp explained: ‘I pledge, on behalf of Infinitum Nihil, that we will do our best to deliver publications worthy of peoples’ time, of peoples’ concern, publications that might ordinarily never have breached the parapet.

    ‘For this dream realised, we would like to salute HarperCollins for their faith in us and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship together.’

    Thanks, Johnny Depp, for saving us from the tedium of reading insufficiently unique works. Or something.

    RE Amazon: I’ve just spent most of the last week working on a customer complaint. It was a high-profile one, so I had to compile records for every interaction we’ve ever had with this individual. The customer doesn’t have a case and won’t get what they want, but we put the damn effort into explaining why, dammit! Amazon >:

  11. brandy
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 00:06:20

    The blog about Amazon is rather chilling. I’ve been working the last several months on downloading my ebooks and stripping the DRM, but I think I want to get moving faster on that. I’ve slowed down to sort things into smaller, more manageable libraries by genre. I’ve also been adding info on series, so that I can figure out what I’m missing.

    Maybe I just need to download everything and THEN sort. Thank goodness for Calibre!

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