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Last Build Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:42:46 GMT

 



The end of the line for the tax holiday from Amazon

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:59:16 GMT

I knew that the collection of state sales taxes by Amazon has been advancing relentlessly, but I hadn't realized it was so close to finality, which will be achieved April 1 (http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/24/the-holiday-is-over-amazon-will-collect-sales-taxes-nationwide-on-april-1.html) when the last four holdouts are added to the roster. To be honest, it hasn't been on my radar because I live in a state with no sales tax. I'm curious if it's changed people's buying habits much, in getting them to consider other vendors. My guess would be that it's at least somewhat proportional to the level of taxation; a relatively trivial percentage is ignored but in localities where the rate is pushing 10%, buyers check out other options. Then there's getting in your car and driving over the state line, a phenomenon I know as I live in a wedge between two tax-collecting entities and there are a lot of out-of-state plates in the mall parking lots. Why buy your Kindle from Amazon when you can save several bucks by going to Best Buy? (And stock up on your carbonated beverages while you're at it, since we don't have a bottle bill, either. :cool:)



Tantor Media to Begin Selling Downloads Only.

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:21:47 GMT

Tantor Media is going to a download-only business model for selling its audiobooks. From their homepage just now: Effective the week of March 20, 2017, Tantor Audio CDs and MP3-CDs will not be available for direct purchase on our Website; the physical products will be available for purchase through major retailers. The book pages on our Website will link you to the correct page on Amazon for purchase. Select Tantor audiobook downloads on our Website will continue to be available for purchase. In case you don't have a calendar handy, we are in the week of March 20 now. I think that this is a great move on Tantor's part. It is sooooo expensive, not to mention bothersome, to deal with physical inventory. If they can find retailers that will take their physical inventory off of their hands, and let them just sell digital download products, it will be a huge help to them. Early in my adoption of ebooks and digital audiobooks, I bought a lot of regular CD's of audiobooks in order to save space (I've got so many dead-tree books that the walls of my house are practically bulging out. ha). Bad move. If I had bought only MP3 audiobooks, yes, I would have saved quite a bit of room. But I didn't always do that, and the size of the clamshell with all of the CD's in them end up being almost as large as the dead-tree book. If I going to buy the physical CD product, I can see no reason to purchase anything other than MP3's! I mean, it's not like I'll be listening to Johann S. Bach's “Toccata in d minor”--I'm just be listening to someone narrate an book! MP3 quality is just fine for that! You live and you learn. So, I say why fool with CD's--at all. I won't be shedding any tears over companies going to digital downloads only. Besides, if in one of my less sane moments, I decide that I want CD's, it looks like there will be companies out there, for the foreseeable future, that still will sell them. BTW--If you've never listened to a Tantor Media product, I must tell you that they are consistently very good in audio quality, etc. I've run into some companies in which that is not true. I'll leave off mentioning any names . . . . http://www.tantor.com.



Unwelcome

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:24:21 GMT

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/22/w3c_drm_web_standard/ DRM for the web.



inkBOOK readers as first product with support for Sony URMS

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:38:34 GMT

Hello, below we inform that inkBOOK e-readers are the first ones to offer support for SONY URMS. Examples of use of the new DRM system: * 4-month license for e-books for a group of 35 students. * Unlocking the individual chapters, which can be red without a license. * Rental of e-books for a limited time, after which the reading will not be possible. * Borrowing an e-book to a friend - the owner will lose access to content, giving it to the person to whom the e-book has been borrowed. Regaining the rights to an eBook is possible at any time. * Publisher of ebook may limit the number of people, the buyer can lend it to. inkBOOK brand owner informed that inkBOOK Prime and inkBOOK Classic 2 readers as the first products in the world will support the latest DRM safety standard for electronic books - Sony URMS. It will make it easier to share the purchased e-books and allow the publishers to implement new business models. Digital rights management (DRM) is a set of security features that protect data in electronic format against the effects of, for example, illegal data sharing. For many years, Adobe DRM has been the most popular standard in the market. E-books protected this way must have been opened by Adobe Digital Editions to assign them to Adobe ID account. Reading documents on a reader was only possible after plugging it to a computer and assigning it a unique identifier by a program, or, in case of readers with Internet access, by direct authorization on the device. New URMS standard has been developed by Sony DADC, which is a department responsible for development of standards such as: CD, DVD, UMD, Blu-ray, as well as safety features for movies, games and music. The major assumptions of the new system include safety, flexibility and simplicity for an end user. Process of e-book purchase will be easier, and a buyer will not have to configure a device with a special software. SDK pack of Sony URMS can be implemented in any application, device and system, such as Android, iOS or Windows, therefore authorization will be automatic and buyers will be able to read books right after the purchase. Sony URMS allows for implementation of numerous business models: controlled e-book borrowing between users, identified number of downloads, and even a model of renewable subscription. For publishers, the costs of such DRM system starts from a few PLN, depending on the book’s content, and is lower than in case of Adobe. Arta Tech, the company owning inkBOOK brand, was the first producer publishing its native support for new DRM. inkBOOK Prime and inkBOOK Classic 2 readers will be supported with the service of Sony URMS security features. This is another step for the Polish brand to create the most universal e-book readers in the market. Even now, users of inkBOOK can read e-books secured by Sony URMS thanks to Bookvia app developed by Sony and Datalogics. inkBOOK also allows for reading e- books secured by Adobe DRM and original systems developed by e-bookstores (e.g. German Skoobe). After publishing the native support for Sony URMS, the owners of readers will start to enjoy reading e-books completely independently from DRM system, by means of which the purchased books will be secured, and without a need to install any additional applications.



Vox Day’s conservative publishing company Castalia House has book pulled from Amazon

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:37:53 GMT

Amazon is giving this rip-off cover a go ahead when clearly it's violating copyright. ---Quote--- Amazon blocked sales for The Corroding Empire, a scifi book from Vox Day’s conservative publishing company Castalia House, because the cover bore an uncanny resemblance to John Scalzi’s latest book, The Collapsing Empire. And it wasn’t a coincidence. Update: Amazon has since resumed sales for The Corroding Empire, with the original cover. We’ve reached out to Amazon for more information. ---End Quote--- http://io9.gizmodo.com/amazon-pulls-castalia-house-book-for-ripping-off-john-s-1793533638?utm_campaign=socialflow_io9_facebook&utm_source=io9_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow#replies



Colin Dexter, Inspector Morse author dies at age 86

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:50:10 GMT

*Colin Dexter dead: Inspector Morse author dies at Oxford home, aged 86* (http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/colin-dexter-dead-inspector-morse-author-dies-died-oxford-home-aged-86-crime-fiction-a7641596.html) ---Quote--- "With immense sadness, MacMillan announces the death of Colin Dexter who died peacefully at his home in Oxford this morning." his publishing house said in a statement on Tuesday. Dexter, who was awarded an OBE in 2000, wrote 14 Morse novels, between 1975 and 1999, which were subsequently adapted for the long-running ITV series starring John Thaw and spawned spin-off shows Lewis and Endeavour. ---End Quote---