Tor Books to Launch New DRM-free Imprint on Tor.com – Tor has announced the creation of a new DRM-free “imprint,” that, as Nate Hoffelder points out, is less a full imprint and more a stronger focus on acquiring and curating works to sell on Tor.com, with an emphasis on digital formats. Tor had been experimenting with DRM-free books, which turned out to be quite successful. What a shock.
[Tor founder Tom] Doherty confirmed that after two years Tor Books had yet to see any downside to their decision. Distributing ebooks sans DRM has not increased the number of pirated ebooks or visibly decreased sales of Tor titles, thus proving that DRM serves no actual purpose other than locking consumers into existing retail channels. –The Digital Reader
LeVar Burton wants the web to save reading and ‘Reading Rainbow’ – LeVar Burton’s campaign to resurrect Reading Rainbow on Kickstarter has conquered even my ambivalence about crowdsourced funding. With a million dollar goal, the campaign has already surpassed it, and continues to build. The new program is aimed at the web, since, as Burton notes, 97% of US families have Internet access. Score 1,000,000 + for literacy.
The Kickstarter is looking to raise $1 million and wants to accomplish three goals: bringing Reading Rainbow to the web, creating a version meant for teachers’ use in classrooms, and setting up a not-for-profit with the goal of giving Reading Rainbow away to low-income schools for free. Other schools and individual families will still be able to use Reading Rainbow on the web, but they’ll have to pay a subscription to access it — for personal use of the iPad app, that’s about $60 per year. –The Verge
The top 10 bookworms’ tales – A sweet little list compiled by Niall Williams of books featuring bookworms as protagonists. Possibly my favorite entry is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. –The Guardian
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