Cory Doctorow is trying to disrupt the market by running his own Kickstarter, rather than depending upon platform capitalists. Steven Melendez unpacks this,while Doctorow elaborates on this further.

So let’s say this does really well in audio, selling, say, 10,000 copies. That works out really well for me, as I’m the publisher for this one, because I keep 95% of that (Kickstarter gets 5%).
By contrast, if my publisher sold this with Audible, they’d get 70% (Amazon takes 30%), and then I’d get 25% of that (17.5% of the gross). That means I earn 542% of what my take would be with a publisher/Audible on these sales.

Writing for the Publishers Weekly, Doctorow talks about his hope of being the ‘pebble that starts the avalanche’:

I want to be the pebble that starts the avalanche that changes the face of the mountain. Think of it: if more bestselling authors declined to offer their audiobooks under Audible’s current DRM-enforced terms, and Audible became the place on the web where you couldn’t get a bestselling audiobook, how much pressure that would create for fairer terms?

Liked How to read ebooks purchased from Kobo on a Kindle by Jeremy Felt (

Download and install Adobe Digital Editions.
Download and install Calibre, an open source ebook manager.
Download and extract the latest ZIP release of DeDRM_tools.
Open Calibre, open its preferences, and navigate to “Plugin” under “Advanced.
Use “Load plugin from file” to add the file from its respective directory in the extracted DeDRM folder.
Use “Load plugin from file” to add the file from its respective directory in the extracted DeDRM folder.
Restart Calibre before loading any books.

Liked Three years after the W3C approved a DRM standard, it’s no longer possible to make a functional indie browser (Boing Boing)

The W3C’s mission is to create an Open Web Platform” so that “everyone has the right to implement a software component of the Web without requiring any approvals or waiving license fees.” When EME was approved, we warned that they were effectively ending the Open Web era by putting every future browser developer at the mercy of three giant incumbent browser developers.

And here we are.

Liked Cory Doctorow: DRM Broke Its Promise (Locus Online)

There’s a name for societies where a small elite own property and everyone else rents that prop­erty from them: it’s called feudalism. DRM never delivered a world of flexible consumer choice, but it was never supposed to. Instead, twenty years on, DRM is revealed to be exactly what we feared: an oligarchic gambit to end property ownership for the people, who become tenants in the fields of greedy, confiscatory tech and media companies, whose in­ventiveness is not devoted to marvelous new market propositions, but, rather, to new ways to coerce us into spending more for less.

Also as a podcast:
Liked A Costly Reminder That You Don’t Own Those Ebooks by Brian Barrett (WIRED)

More than anything, Microsoft’s ebook rapture underscores the hidden dangers of the DRM system that underpins most digital purchases. Originally intended as an antipiracy measure, DRM now functions mostly as a way to lock customers into a given ecosystem, rather than reading or viewing or listening to their purchases wherever they want. It’s a cycle that has persisted for decades and shows no signs of abating.