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+ - Finally! UN Patent awarded->

Submitted by sgroyle
sgroyle (2036440) writes "Rumors that the troubles in Egypt are related to a new UN Patent issued yesterday are untrue, a spokesperson for Egyptian said, — however, politicians, in unheard of uni-partisanship, are banding together to lodge an appeal against the new UN patent ruling."
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+ - WHSmith Putting DRM in eBooks without permission from the authors->

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sgroyle
sgroyle writes "DRM had, without my knowledge, been added to my book. I quickly checked my other books; same thing. Then I checked the books of authors who, because of their vocal and public opposition, I know are against DRM – Konrath, Howey, and Doctorow, to name a few – same result. ALL books on WHSmith have DRM in them.

Rather than assume WHSmith where at fault, I checked with my distributor, Draft2Digital. They send my books to Kobo, who in turn send my books to WHSmith. D2D assured me the DRM was not being added by them and were distressed to hear that this was the case. Kobo haven’t replied to any of the messages in this thread: “WHSmith putting DRM in books distributed via Kobo”. I’m not holding my breath."

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Comment: "Free" Speech (Score 1) 1160

by sgroyle (#41704625) Attached to: Shut Up and Play Nice: How the Western World Is Limiting Free Speech
'when some people use this freedom of expression to provoke or humiliate some others' values and beliefs, then this cannot be protected.' Speech has never been free - not in the West, nor anywhere else - it always costs something. The question is; how much we are willing to pay for what we want to say.

+ - Amazon drops "wireles delivery" surcharge ->

Submitted by stasike
stasike (1063564) writes "Amazon has been charging "wireles delivery" surcharge for it's Kindle books for regions outside USA. The surcharge was $2 and was charged even if you purchased the e-book on WiFi-only Kindle or even on Kindle app for your PC or PDA. So 0.99 book cost $2.99 in Eurpope and elsewhere.
It looks like they dropped the surcharge. Is this the beginning of price-war with Apple?"

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+ - Amazon loses the International wireless charge->

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sgroyle
sgroyle writes "For anyone living outside the USA or Canada, it used to cost about $2-00 to get the book delivered by wireless to your kindle or reading device. That meant a .99 cents book was 2.99. Even when you “gifted” your own book to someone living in the USA, using Amazon’s services, it still cost you that $2-00.

I always thought that was a bit harsh, reminded me of phone charges in hotels in the eighties and nineties.

The good news is that Amazon appear to have stopped charging and now, “Free International delivery”, now really does mean free.

Thanks, Jeff.

(Hat tip to Kacir for bringing this to my attention)."

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