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Friday News: Pearson profits down, Adobe develops new DRM, does reading...

“On the plus side, Pearson said it had seen “good profit growth” at the Financial Times, with strong growth in digital subscriptions offsetting weak advertising sales and lower print circulation.” BBC News

“The new set of DRM for ePub files has been pushed out to Adobe Digital Editions 3.0 and Adobe Content Server. Adobe has been working with their publishing and hardware partners, such as Sony, to refine the code before they released it to the public. This time around Adobe wants to keep the source code under lock and key to prevent people from writing decryption tools and plugins for popular conversion software like Calibre.” Good E-Reader

“In part to answer that question, I spent three years interviewing psychologists and neuroscientists around the world, reviewing their studies and testing new methods they claim can increase intelligence. Bookworms, after all, rarely emerge from their literary cocoons in order to become social butterflies. And while nobody would ever call reading a “new” method for improving the mind, recent scientific studies have confirmed that reading and intelligence have a relationship so close as to be symbiotic.” The Guardian

“Critic John C. Dvorak was harsh about the first Mac, as well PCs in general. In his Feb. 19, 1984, review of the first Mac, he wrote that he liked the computer, but didnt think it was a hit: ‘The nature of the personal computer revolution is simply not fully understood by companies like Apple or anyone else, for that matter. Apple makes the arrogant assumption of thinking that it knows what you want and need. It, unfortunately leaves the “why” out of the equation — as in “why would I want this?”‘” Mashable

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  1. blodeuedd
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 04:18:54

    Thanks a lot adobe! I bought a book, could not read it cos I guess I lived in the wrong country, yes drm is so awesome

  2. LJ
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 04:50:01

    If I can’t crack the DRM I guess I’ll just buy books from Amazon and convert them instead of ePub files from other stores. Way to drive people to Amazon.

  3. Has
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 06:16:02

    I dont think any company or publisher signing onto this new DRM will fare well. And Adobe should have learned from the lessons from XBOX and EA Games when they tried always connected online DRM which pissed off a lot customers and this will get cracked soon anyway.

  4. Lada
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 07:56:06

    @LJ: This was my first thought, too. It’s going to piss me and a whole bunch of others off if I can’t use Calibre for all of my books any more. Amazon, here I come!

  5. Amanda
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 08:01:49

    I have ebook horror stories because DRM’s and Adobe Digital Editions. I think that is what pushed me away from buying from sony and stores that mainly sell adobe ebooks.

    My mother watched the Flowers in the Attic movie and enjoyed it. However, even though I was a big fan of the book many years ago, I really had no desire to watch it.

  6. LJ
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 08:02:59

    @Lada: “It’s going to piss me and a whole bunch of others off if I can’t use Calibre for all of my books any more. Amazon, here I come! ”

    Exactly my thought, too. If Adobe won’t let me remove the DRM, I’ll just go to another format and the easiest is Amazon. It’s too bad since I need ePub for my reader, but I don’t want DRM on any of my books.

  7. hapax
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 10:30:59

    Oh, dear heavens, this means that OverDrive is going to have to update AGAIN, and all our library patrons are going to have to re-register and re-install AGAIN, doesn’t it?

    We already spend hours every week providing free customer support for device makers, e-tailers, and publishers — all of which we have to learn to do on our own time.

    Next time patrons wail (with justification) “Why is this so HARD?”, I’m just going to answer “Because John Grisham [or whoever] thinks that you’re a thief.”

    (Yeah, I know that Grisham isn’t running Adobe. But if the top authors pushed

  8. hapax
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 10:32:31

    Whoops, hit the wrong button.

    Meant to say, if the top selling authors pushed the issue, the publishers would back down on increasingly cumbersome DRM. Changing their minds on this issue hasn’t hurt Baen or Tor, after all.

  9. Moriah Jovan
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 10:44:59

    Thankfully, my library offers Kindle book loans too. Occasionally, I get one that isn’t, but I’ll just not get those books anymore.

  10. MrsJoseph
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 11:49:22

    I’d hate to be forced to go with Amazon but damn sure I won’t buy or read any ebook that requires me to be “always on.” I don’t use my reader’s wifi for anything – it’s always on airplane mode.

    So, now what? I can only read books inside where wifi is available? FAIL.

  11. Gloria
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 12:55:26

    Always on??? WTF, I read ebooks so I can have a large library of books with me in a small package so that I always have something to read when I don’t have access to the internet. SOME of us don’t have constant access to wi-fi… last summer I spent three weeks fossil hunting in the back of beyond and at times I didn’t have phone service, let alone data. Always on would DRIVE me to use pirated books!

  12. Moriah Jovan
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 13:26:44

    @MrsJoseph: I never have mine (gen2 keyboard) on except when I’m downloading books so I can transfer them to my hard drive. Once they’re in my device, I immediately turn off the wifi. I keep my Paperwhite on airplane mode. I have my books downloaded to my device on both my iPad and my phone. Either of those may or may not be online at any given time.

    In short, you don’t have to have it on to read.

  13. Estara Swanberg
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 13:32:05

    @LJ: This! Will be sad to not be able to buy from Kobo anymore then – which means less casual purchases and only beloved authors get money if I can’t use any sales (being a nonUS citizen)

  14. Estara Swanberg
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 13:35:42

    @hapax: BAEN never jumped on that wagon in the first place, they were always DRM-free. They also used to give you the ebook for free for certain popular series. They were the first sf&f publisher to actually offer ebooks.

    They still have a free ebook library, too. You can still get all kinds of odd formats if you buy direct from their site and not the Amazon Kindle offers.

  15. Marianne McA
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 13:45:42

    In the article, Dan Hurley doesn’t explain why he thinks he was ‘slow’ at 8, except that a teacher categorised him that way. And some teachers very straightforwardly equate reading ability with IQ. Maybe he had an IQ of 136 all along, but had difficulty learning to read.

  16. Jules
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 14:50:30

    I am glad that DRM always online thing is a future next step and not what just came out. I can’t imagine why they thought that would be a good idea. EA making Sims City always online for DRM purposes was a complete disaster that they ended up backing out of apparently (a year after release…)

    I agree with everything being said here. It would mean me going out of my way to make sure the book I purchased was not adobe epub as well as taking less ebooks out from the library.

    As for whatever this update does, I am just shaking my head. When the hell are they going to learn? Pirates always find a way. All they are doing is hurting paying customers.

  17. Lindsay
    Jan 24, 2014 @ 15:04:24

    I thought most folks had figured out that the DRM race is a lost cause — as soon as it’s released, it’s cracked. It’s not like people won’t have plugins made the same day it’s released. My company’s a big game publisher and it dropped DRM last year, it just wasn’t worth it (and our tracked piracy numbers are pretty huge — and that’s purely the stuff we can concretely prove). If we’re dropping DRM on $80m games, why would it be more reasonable to spend money on it for $8 ebooks?

  18. Kaetrin
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 00:51:55

    I’m sure Apprentice Alf will have some new tools within days of the new DRM’s release. I really don’t know why they bother with it. All DRM does is punish the legitimate buyers and push ordinary people toward piracy – those people who would happily buy legitimately if only the product was easily available for a reasonable price.

    Pirates are going to pirate. Those who buy books and strip the DRM so that they can back up their library and be able to read across multiple devices (but not pirate) are still going to do that too. What a waste.

    I’d be really interested to know if Harlequin has done any research about the effect of NOT having DRM on their Carina Press books. (I love Carina. Their being DRM free is a huge plus for me.) Is there more piracy, objectively speaking, of the Carina books as opposed to the HQN books which do have DRM?

  19. SAO
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 02:40:12

    While companies have a way of tracking pirate e-books, they don’t know the baseline of how many people read print books. Many people lend, borrow and give away books to family and friends. Used bookstores are more common in Maine than new book stores. I live overseas and my school runs a used book swap every year and many people recycle all their books. Some popular books I’ve seen get grabbed and returned many times.

    DRM is useless against the pirates who are running big sites for books. They’re often run in countries where access to English books is limited or too expensive. DRM that prevents people from casually lending books between family members or friends is obnoxious and encourages otherwise law-abiding people to pirate. Do they really think families with three kids will buy three copies of Harry Potter? Or that it’s going to work if Kid Two wants to read a book on Kid One’s e-reader?

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