In 2013, I bumped into mega best-selling author Tim Ferriss at a hotel in Amsterdam. I’ve known Tim — who sometimes writes for Betabeat sister site New York Observer, as well as being an occasional subject 0f their fascination — and worked with on several occasions. We were both speaking at the same conference. But I was there for another reason: a few days later I would be heading to Rome to put the final touches on my book about stoicism, The Obstacle Is The Way.
I showed Tim the book, as a friend. He read it that night and approached me the next day: He was starting an audiobook publishing venture and would I want to be one of the first authors to participate. Of course, my answer was YES, YES, YES.
It’s long been a thorn in the side of ereader owners, but major publishers–one eye fixed firmly on the fate of the recording industry–have insisted that ebooks come fully loaded with digital rights management technology. But that’s starting to crack. Today Macmillan subsidiary Tom Doherty Associates (home to beloved scifi imprint Tor Books, as well as Forge, Orb and others) announced its entire ebook catalog will be DRM-free by July 2012.
In a statement at the company blog, president and publisher Tom Doherty tipped his hat explicitly to future-enthused fans and authors:
Digital Publishing, Departures
There has been a lot of sturm and drang in New York about transitioning the magazine business to the iPad. Bloomberg jumped into the game today with the release of Business Week for the iPad, and it seems to have solved some of the key problems that held back other titles.
For one thing, Bloomberg Read More
Garry Tan, the co-founder of Tumblr’s trash-talking competitor Posterous, has jumped ship.
Posterous, a blogging platform similar to Tumblr, has
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After being attached to media parent Time Warner for nine years, is the company that introduced millions of Americans to the Internet still a technology company?
AOL is now funding seven hundred Patch.com local news sites in nineteen states and the District of Columbia, Read More