Warner’s the latest label to lose the DRM entanglements on its music, as Amazon attempts to compete with Apple by supplying Josh Groban tracks. However, the New York Times reports that Warner’s deal with Amazon is not exclusive and they are negotiating with Apple to sell DRM-free music there as well.
I fell for Tastebook. I uploaded all my recipes. I organized them into breads/brunch dishes, appetizers, fish, poultry, meat, pasta/rice/grains, soups and salads, desserts, and of course the ever-necessary "other stuff". I chose a cover image, a title, and placed the order: three copies shipped to me, three to my brother (Uncle Pete, of the House of Technological Wonders).
A week later, the order had weirdly cancelled itself. I placed a re-order. Suddenly, the order doubled itself. I called the helpdesk. They’d mistakenly cancelled the order, then un-did it themselves, then my re-order doubled the order. They cancelled the second order.
Two weeks later, Uncle Pete received six cookbooks and had not the foggiest idea what that was about.
Three weeks later, in several deliveries, I received six cookbooks. My account was only charged for one order.
The books themselves were gorgeous. The exact cover I’d selected. Delectable illustrations. Awesome layout. Nice paper stock, tab dividers between sections. Inside, however, were 12 pages of advertisements (masquerading as recipes from Bertolli olive oil), which I removed from each book.
Would I do it again? Probably. As a gift item to friends and family. Would I use Tastebook as a POD? No. At $35/pop, it’s tough to recoup cost plus profit. But as a vanity project, a gift of my kitchen to my friends and Uncle Pete, it’s a great idea.
Former CEO of Time Warner Larry Kirshbaum (now a literary agent) has joined the board of Overdrive, according to a press release I got around noon today. The obligatory quote:
"During my career, I’ve seen the publishing industry evolve with the adoption of new book formats, business models, and sales channels," said Kirshbaum. "Today, eBooks, audio books, and digital media markets are exploding, and OverDrive is uniquely positioned as a global leader in the value-added distribution of digital books and other content."
Scholastic is launching a multi-platform series called 39 Clues, which will have components in print, gaming, and collector cards.
Laura Huxley, second wife of Aldous and his biographer, has died.
LA-ist wonders if the Kindle is the Segway for books, not the iPod for books.
Move along, people – nothing to see here.
Credo Reference announced that it has added the Wisconsin Library Services to its roster of clients. WiLS consists of over 500 libraries throughout the state of Wisconsin. Additionally, CEO John Dove emailed me that they’ve also added Brooklyn Public Library to their client list – so you can log onto the library’s website and use Credo’s service with your library card.
Overdrive announced late yesterday that it is ready to deliver content in the new .epub format, starting in early 2008. According to the press release:
The new "epub" standard for eBooks and other digital publications was developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum (www.IDPF.org), a non-profit standards and trade association, and unanimously approved by IDPF member companies. Publishers benefit from "epub" as it allows them to produce a single digital publication for all distribution channels rather than producing multiple formats for competing reader applications. OverDrive, an IDPF member, joins Hachette Book Group USA, Adobe Systems, Sony, and others in actively supporting the new format.
Wired reports this morning:
Hacker Igor Skochinsky has reversed engineered the DRM of the Kindle to allow Mobipocket books to be read on Amazon’e eBook device. It works by actually changing the DRM of the files to be compatible with the Kindle.