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
Record Online Meetings in Pear Note
While Pear Note is primarily geared toward recording notes in the physical world, it's possible to use it to record things in the virtual world as well. For instance, you can use it to record and take notes on Skype calls. To do this:
- Download Soundflower and install it (along with the Soundflowerbed app that comes with it).
- Download LineIn and install it.
- Start Soundflowerbed, and select Built-in Output (or whatever output you'd like to listen to the conversation on).
- Start LineIn, and select your microphone (e.g. Built-in Mic) as the input and Soundflower (2ch) as the output, then press Pass Thru.
- Open Pear Note Preferences, select Recording, and select Soundflower (2ch) as the audio device.
- Open Skype Preferences, select Audio, and select Soundflower (2ch) as the audio output and your microphone (e.g. Built-in Mic) as the audio input.
- Hit record in Pear Note and make your Skype call.
This will allow you to conduct your Skype call while Pear Note records both your audio and the other participant's.
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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.