Filed under: Copyright, Creative Commons, DRM, Enthusiasms, Industry Change, Kindle | Tags: Amazon, Green Apple Books, Kindle, Mocking, More mocking, Orwell
Green Apple Books in San Francisco has put together two great videos playing old school books against the Amazon Kindle.
In case you’re wondering what amazing tactile – not to mention tethered – experiences the Amazon Kindle offers please check these videos for details.
Many posts on this blog advocate embracing new digital technologies and occasionally mock publishers for dragging their feet in adopting these new technologies and not making books available digitally for their customers. Yes, I am the same guy who writes those posts, too, but recognize this: I am not in favour of brutal, clunky, exclusive, non-customer friendly technologies that cost $400 USD and don’t actually allow you to own the content that you pay for – see Kindle vs George Orwell’s 1984 for more details. That is something that’s too ridiculous to consider.
I believe in digital dissemination and ease of use for ebooks via things like the iPhone and/or whatever technology that is inclusive and open as opposed to exclusive and tethered, but I also believe that the digital revolution in publishing is only going to make publishers make better books and more money.
I’m happy to see the guys at Green Apple Books rightfully mocking the Amazon Kindle.
Filed under: Copyright, Creative Commons, Enthusiasms, Industry Change, Kindle, Music | Tags: blip.tv, Cory Doctorow, Digital Rights Management, Doctorow's Law, DRM, ebooks, O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishers
I have finally figured out how to embed video from Blip.tv! I am extremely happy to post this excellent video of Cory Doctorow speaking at the O’Reilly’s Tools of Change for Publishing Conference in February 2009. The title of Cory’s talk is TOC09 Digital Distribution and the Whip Hand: Don’t Get iTunesed with Your eBooks.
This video saw the first appearance of something called Doctorow’s Law, which states: “Any time someone puts a lock on something you own, against your wishes, and doesn’t give you the key, it’s not being done to your benefit.”