WRITING ON THE ETHER: The Daunting

Saints preserve us, the Bezosian Beelzebub has struck again, this time spinning his stinking seductions, pants on fire, in the High Street, itself. Publishing’s punditti and free-range bloggers have been on overdrive since Monday, of course, heaving their loudest lamentations back and forth across the Atlantic over the news that the UK bricks-and-mortar bookstore chain Waterstones has made a deal to sell Kindles. Read More

Writing on the Ether | JaneFriedman.com

Much of the ‘stupid DoJ!’ crowd noises that had followed the original filing in April were missing this week. The US District Court’s opinion suggested, wrote Jeff John Roberts at paidContent, that “Apple and the publishers may be in a deep hole.” Read More

Writing on the Ether | JaneFriedman.com

Kevin Franco of Calgary‚Äôs Enthrill Books has come to the Ether, wise man that he is, to announce to you that PackaDRM — a new “social DRM” watermarking process of what he calls “Digital Rights Messaging” — is going to be made available to publishers and to authors who might be interested in using it. Read More

Writing on the Ether | JaneFriedman.com

Our initial sponsor is L.L. Barkat, author of Rumors of Water, as well as the managing editor behind Tweetspeak Poetry. Jane and I are grateful to Laura for offering her support of this weekly feature, which takes considerable time and effort to deliver. Thank you! Read More