About a year ago, Tor Books, the highly regarded publisher of science fiction and fantasy, announced that they were dropping digital-rights-management protection on all of their ebooks. Now, Julie Crisp of Tor UK has revealed what that decision has meant in terms of ebook piracy: “As it is, we’ve seen no discernible increase in piracy on any of our titles, despite them being DRM-free for nearly a year.” (This, of course, is no surprise to us: we have been publishing our Take Control ebook DRM-free for nearly ten years, with exactly the same results.) Equally heartening to Tor is how much support their authors have for the DRM-free policy.follow link
Mac OS X Services in Snow Leopard
Mac OS X Services let one application supply its powers to another; for example, a Grab service helps TextEdit paste a screenshot into a document. Most users either don't know that Services exist, because they're in an obscure hierarchical menu (ApplicationName > Services), or they mostly don't use them because there are so many of them.
Snow Leopard makes it easier for the uninitiated to utilize this feature; only services appropriate to the current context appear. And in addition to the hierarchical menu, services are discoverable as custom contextual menu items - Control-click in a TextEdit document to access the Grab service, for instance.
In addition, the revamped Keyboard preference pane lets you manage services for the first time ever. You can enable and disable them, and even change their keyboard shortcuts.
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Tor Marks One Year of DRM-free Ebooks
Baen has done it right.
It is the DRM on most books purchased from BN, iBookstore, or Amazon that impedes interoperability.
For Kindle Reader on my Mac, the app's General preferences show you the path to the My Kindle Content folder and allows you to change that path if you wish. You can sort that folder by Date Added to find the most recently purchased and downloaded books. Yes, you do need the free Kindle Reader app on your computer in order to get to the book files.
For iBookstore, look in ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Books; books are stored in folders named for the author. You do need iTunes to buy books from iBookstore.
None of these three services is as convenient as it could be when it comes to downloading and finding the ebook files (BN is the easiest), but finding and renaming the ebooks from these services is not a huge barrier.
I agree that Baen does a wonderful job of selling ebooks simply, but Baen does not offer the range of titles that BN, iBookstore, and Amazon do. It's a lot like the physical world: not all bookstores carry all the books you may want, and some bookstores are more convenient than others.