Harry Potter ebooks, Google surveys and the DoJ's investigation.
J.K. Rowling disrupts the publishing industry, at least for this week. Elsewhere, Google looks to help web publishers with survey revenue and Tim Carmody takes an in-depth look at the DoJ's investigation into agency pricing.
A warning about the ebook landscape, and another publisher stands against Amazon.
A dark cloud hangs over the ebook landscape. Elsewhere, another publisher stands up to Amazon and a new report says power readers are pointing the way toward a digital tipping point.
Big data trends to watch. Kevin Kelly on freemium and DRM.
Strata chair Edd Dumbill discusses the five trends that will drive the near-term future of data science and big data. Also, Kevin Kelly offers a long-view perspective on the freemium model and digital rights management.
The NoSQL movement, a victory for the web, and it's time to end DRM and embrace a unified ebook format.
This week on O'Reilly: Mike Loukides surveyed the NoSQL database landscape, the open web scored an important victory in court, and Joe Wikert said it's time to embrace a unified ebook format and abandon DRM.
The Amazon Publishing boycott expands, dropping DRM is an ace in the hole, and insightful observations on reading.
Booksellers continue to pile on in response to Amazon Publishing's deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Also, publishers have a card to play against Amazon and cognitive friction makes for a better reading experience.
Proprietary ebook formats and rights restrictions are holding consumers back.
The music industry has shown that you need to offer consumers a universal format and content without rights restrictions. So when will publishers pay attention?
The solution to piracy must be a market solution, not a government intervention.
SOPA and PIPA not only harm the internet, they support existing content companies in their attempt to hold back innovative business models that will actually grow the market and deliver new value to consumers.
Dan Gillmor offers an author's perspective on choosing how to publish.
In this video podcast, author Dan Gillmor talks about the pros and cons of traditional publishing versus self-publishing.
Lessons from Amazon, self-publishing, ereading studies, HTML5 and DRM.
It was a busy and sometimes bruising year for publishing as the industry continued its digital transformation. Here, we take a look at five of the biggest lessons from 2011.
Charlie Stross argued that publishers are cutting their own throats with DRM. But should we drop DRM or just drop Amazon?
Author Charlie Stross argued recently that Amazon's growing position toward a monopoly can largely be attributed to publishers' use of DRM. A back-channel discussion brewed about whether cutting Amazon out of the picture entirely would be a viable solution.