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Set public domain content free from locked PDF files

Lately I’ve been digging around online to find old genre short stories written in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In many cases it’s clear that the works have passed into the public domain, at least here in the U.S., … Continue reading

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Angry Robot plans fan-created anthologies via new WorldBuilder site

Fandom breeds content, as nearly any Internet user who has ever loved a TV show, movie or book already knows. Fans love to spend time absorbed in their favorite works by inventing new adventures, filling in backstories, and expanding the … Continue reading

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Say goodbye to Google Books Settlement for good

The heavily criticized proposed settlement between Google and a small group of authors and publishers has been dealt a final, fatal blow, reports Publishers Weekly this morning—although in this case the deathblow comes indirectly because it’s actually about a different, … Continue reading

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It’s the Day Against DRM; does anybody care?

Why isn’t the Day Against DRM a bigger deal among ebook consumers? Continue reading

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What Neil Gaiman likes about the Kindle, and why you should care

Hopefully you don’t need a Famous Author to validate your purchasing decisions, so I’m not posting about Neil Gaiman’s opinions on the Kindle just to make you feel better/worse about your new ereader. Instead, I thought it might provide some … Continue reading

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Why it’s sometimes good for writers to build on each other’s work

Yesterday I spent most of the afternoon writing out my idea for how fanfic and other writers could theoretically use digital technology to bypass copyright roadblocks. What inspired me was the recent story about an unauthorized sequel to “The Catcher … Continue reading

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Dehydrated books, or how to make money off of fan fiction and unauthorized sequels

Imagine that this evening I follow a friend’s link to a new Harry Potter book, one that essentially replaces “The Sorcerer’s Stone” in the canon with a Year 1 adventure that’s darker and closer in tone to the final few … Continue reading

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The public domain hobgoblin and how he steals your gold

Okay, so there’s a little bridge near the edge of the village. It’s not used very often, but it still serves a need for villagers who want to cross the river at that point. It’s nearly a century old now … Continue reading

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