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