I found quite a collection of interesting blog posts and articles this week, on a whole host of book- and reading-related topics.
Last week, Momentum
(an Australian subsidiary of Macmillan whose e-books are available in the U.S.) announced it will drop DRM from its e-books
. They’ve now published an explanation of DRM and its purpose
which clearly demonstrates why selling ebooks without it is a better choice. Kudos to Momentum for joining the (so far very short) list of publishers who’ve figured that out. If DRM-free books matter to you as a reader and e-book buyer, I urge you to take a look at Momentum’s catalog
(as well as those of Baen Books
and, after early July, Tor/Forge and Tor UK
) and consider buying their books. The more success DRM-free publishers have, the more likely it is that other publishers will follow their lead.
And Jeremy Greenfield of Digital Book World believes that with it’s planned self-publishing platform, Writing Life, “Kobo Wants to Turn Writing Into a Game.”
Finally, there’s this article, which I thought you might find interesting although it’s not really about books, ebooks, writing, or publishing:
In “Hands-Free Parenting: How Much You Gain When You Unplug”, Rachel Stafford talks about how “unplugging” from technology in little ways has made a difference in her and her family’s life. (MediaShift) Stafford now writes a blog called Hands Free Mama. She’s not advocating a totally tech-free lifestyle; rather, she writes about how to maintain balance and put the technology aside in favor of time spent with family and for oneself. It’s a lesson many of us could benefit from, myself included.