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Submission + - Intl. Day Against DRM: 16 organizations, 10+ global events

Atticus Rex writes: Today is the tenth anniversary International Day Against DRM, and we're celebrating a decade of resistance against Digital Restrictions Management. DRM is the software that comes bolted to your digital media and devices and tries to police your behavior. The major media companies are its masters, and they justify it as a necessary evil to prevent filesharing, calling it Digital Rights Management. But it does more than that, and worse than that. Giving its unaccountable owners power over our cars, medical devices, phones, computers, and more, it opens a deep crack in our digital rights and freedoms. That crack will only get wider and more dangerous as our societies continue to interweave with technology.

Join us on to take action and join the conversation.

Submission + - Harvard Bookstore launches Print + Digital bundle for Chris Anderson's new book (

Peter Hudson writes: Teleread, Publishers Weekly, Digital Book World, and Publishing Perspectives are reporting that the Harvard Bookstore is launching a program in partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Shelfie where customers who purchase certain HMH books will get the ebook included free or at a substantially reduced price (Teleread reports that the majority of the bundled digital editions will be free or 99 cents). From Publishing Perspectives:

The new program is applicable only to certain New York Times bestselling titles including TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, releasing today); Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002); Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2000); and How to Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food by Mark Bittman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012).

Submission + - Shelfie adds 30,000 audiobook titles to its print to digital book bundling app (

Peter Hudson writes: Alan Henry from Lifehacker reports that Shelfie (the Vancouver based start-up previously known as BitLit) has launched an audiobook bundling service allowing readers to get free / discounted audio editions of their paper books. The deal covers a reported 30,000 audiobook titles including best sellers like Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, and Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy. The company had previously offered free / discounted ebook editions to readers who owned the physical copy of a book. According to Publishers Weekly, the start-up now has over 250,000 titles available as bundle deals including the full catalog of audiobooks from HarperCollins.

Submission + - Wired Thinks It Knows Who Satoshi Nakamoto Is (

An anonymous reader writes: In a lengthy expose, Wired lays out its case that Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto is actually Australian CEO Craig Wright. As evidence, Wired cites both leaked documents and posts on Wright's blog from 2008 and 2009 establishing a connection between him and the launch of Bitcoin. Wright is also known to have amassed a significant Bitcoin fortune early on. Wired tried to contact Wright and got some perplexing responses, and they admit that it could all be a (long and extremely elaborate) hoax. But hours after publishing, Gizmodo followed up with the results of their own investigation, which came to the conclusion that Satoshi is a pseudonym for two men: Craig Wright and Dave Kleiman, a computer forensics expert who died in 2013. After questioning (read: harassment) from both publications, Wright seems to have withdrawn from public comment. Regardless, both articles are quite detailed, and it will be interested to see if the leaked documents turn out to be accurate.

Submission + - Springer to offer DRM-free ebook bundles ( 2

Peter Hudson writes: Springer has partnered with Shelfie to offer over 100,000 titles as DRM-free digital downloads to readers who own a paper copy. Springer joins nearly 1200 publishers including Elsevier, Wiley, Packt, and O'Reilly which now offer DRM-free digital versions of their titles to owners of a paper copy though Shelfie. The shelfie app is free and is available on iOS and Android.

Submission + - Japanese space probe Akatsuki enters orbit around Venus five years late (

MarkWhittington writes: On May 17, 2010, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency Venus Climate Orbiter probe or as it is now called Akatsuki lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center. It was supposed to enter orbit around Venus on December 6, 2010. However, due to a failure in the probe’s orbital maneuvering thruster, Akatsuki did not enter Venus orbit and went into orbit around the sun instead. According to a story in Gizmag, just about five years to the day of the failure, Akatsuki assumed an orbit around the second planet from the sun. Japanese scientists will determine what sort of orbit that is in a couple of days and, hopefully, begin the probe’s science mission.

Submission + - Shelfie is the shazam for your books and bookshelf (

An anonymous reader writes: If you’re like me, you have a lot of Mad Magazine books from the 1970s, a classic copy of Oui from 1979, and three Hungarian cookbooks. In other words, you’re a well-read individual. But how do you get those books onto your reading device? Shelfie, that’s how.

Created by Peter Hudson and Marius Muja, Shelfie allows you to take a picture of your bookshelf and return a list of discounted or free ebooks for download. Muja and Hudson studied together at UBC and Hudson originally built software for hydrologists. Marius is a PhD in computer vision. Together they solved the “big data” problem of turning paper books into digital books.

Comment Re:while (Score 1) 131

You are correct. While Kindle Matchbook technically has about 84,000 titles in the program the cast majority are from Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and were rolling into the program by Amazon using the contract they have with KDP authors which allows them to "change the terms of this agreement from time to time by providing you [N weeks] notice".
I have nothing against self published authors. I'd love to strike a deal with Lulu or any of the other big self publishing platforms that allow authors to produce both print and digital versions of their books (because of course we need a physical copy otherwise bundling doesn't really work).

Comment Re: I'm the app's developer. Happy to answer quest (Score 1) 131

Legally speaking in some countries e.g. Australia you are allowed (by those who make up laws) to format shift a paper book into an ebook. However, those same people who make up laws have determined that you actually have to doing the format shifting yourself in order for it to be considered legal. That is, you aren't allowed to download an ebook copy of a physical book you own. I'm an engineer and entrepreneur, so for now I'll donate to the EFF and let Cory Doctorow argue the finer points of the insanity we enjoy and call modern copyright law.

Comment Re:My sister's books are part of this part of this (Score 1) 131

I met Elizabeth in the UK at a book conference just before the London Book Fair. She was super enthusiastic about the idea of bundling she literally marched me over to the Granta booth at the book fair and sat me down with her publisher and explained the idea and said (to her publisher) "do this now". Honestly it was a totally amazing experience to see an author so excited about what we're doing.
The only other author who's ever been so excited about doing this has been Joe Hill (Stephan King's son). Joe found out about what we were doing on twitter after he mentioned that he thought you should get the ebook free if you buy the hardcover. Somebody tweeted back at him and he download the app on the spot and used it on Ellen Datlow's Fearful Symetries which he happened to have in his pocket (at the time the odds of a randomly selected book working in BitLit were about 1 in 10,000... so we got lucky). He got pretty excited about the idea and twisted HarperCollins' arm into letting us give away a free ebook copy of Heart-Shaped Box to everybody who owned the print version. He also went on to say some nice things about what we're doing.

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