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E-book sales giving publishers a reason to smile

Compared to the digital doldrums some traditional media companies, such as record labels, have found (and put) themselves in the past years, times look relatively good for book publishers.

At least that’s the way it appears if you look at the January 2012 figures published by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), which includes data from over 1,000 book publishers.

Will book publishers follow in the footsteps of the RIAA?

In its effort to defend the record labels, musicians and the recording industry at large, the RIAA became perhaps one of the most disliked organizations in the world.

Yes, most people will agree that piracy is wrong and that laws protecting content creators and rights holders are sensible, but the RIAA’s tactics in fighting piracy, which infamously included widely-publicized lawsuits against grandmothers (dead or alive), didn’t win it many fans.

Will open standards win out in the e-book wars?

Proprietary formats and lock-in. When it comes to discussions of digital content, these are terms you really can’t escape.

A lot of that has to do with the evolution of digital content, which
arguably hasn’t gone much smoother than human evolution. On one side,
we’ve seen many content owners fight the ‘digitization‘ of their
content, contributing to rampant piracy and consumer dissatisfaction.
On one side, we’ve seen hardware and software vendors take advantage of
the chaos to push proprietary formats that lock consumers into their
hardware and software offerings.

Amazon’s Ministry of DRM goes after Orwell’s Kindle readers

For those of us who questioned the desirability of reading a book on a screen, the Kindle’s success has been a surprise.

But some Kindle owners who love George Orwell got a surprise of their own last week: their digital copies of 1984 and Animal Farm mysteriously vanished. Was this the handiwork of the Ministry of Truth?