Digital Media News for the Week Beginning 03/17/2013

EFF BLASTS PLANS TO BUILD DRM INTO HTML5
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has weighed in on the growing controversy over the proposal to build DRM into HTML5, the next version of the standard language for building Web pages and applications… [read more]
Source: Boing Boing

ATAVIST CO-FOUNDER EVAN RATLIFF ON DIGITAL CONTENT MODELS
The Atavist, founded by Evan Ratliff, Jefferson Rabb and Nicholas Thompson, was launched in early 2011 to tap the burgeoning long-form digital content… [read more]
Source: Folio Magazine

HTML5’S OVERSEER SAYS DRM’S TRUE PURPOSE IS TO PREVENT LEGAL FORMS OF INNOVATION
Ian Hickson, the googler who is overseeing the HTML5 standard at the W3C, has written a surprisingly frank piece on the role of DRM. As he spells out in detail, the point of DRM isn’t to stop illegal copying, it’s to stop legal forms of innovation from… [read more]
Source: Boing Boing

AMAZON’S ‘SEND TO KINDLE’ BUTTON TAKES AIM AT READ-IT-LATER SERVICES
Now Amazon is entering the read-that-really-long-story-later market with a Send to Kindle button that will push content directly to Kindles and devices with the Kindle app. The button has already launched on Boing Boing, Time and The Washington Post… [read more]
Source: Wired

AMAZON WHISPERCAST FOR KINDLE NOW LETS ORGANIZATIONS MANAGE MASS APP
When Amazon introduced its Kindle Whispercast service back in October, it did so with the promise that ‘”bulk app distribution” would be coming soon for Fire tablets. Fast forward to today and that feature is now live, giving organizations the ability… [read more]
Source: Engadget

SELF-PUBLISHERS: THE NEW GENERATION OF COOL KIDS
For years, self-publishing was widely considered an embarrassing fallback option. Occasionally a John Grisham would emerge, sell 5000 copies of a compelling novel, land a publishing deal, and ultimately achieve fame and fortune. But those authors were… [read more]
Source: Huffington Post

HTML5 VS. APPS: WHERE THE DEBATE STANDS NOW, AND WHY IT MATTERS
An HTML5 app is housed on the Web and runs inside a mobile browser. Unlike apps built specifically for Apple devices or Google’s Android operating system, it does not need to be built from scratch for each OS. The promise is that it can be… [read more]
Source: Business Insider

DIGITAL PUBLISHING REVIEW — INKLING HABITAT
Mid February, Inkling Habitat was announced and I jumped in and produced a promotional title and am now producing a monograph and a multiple artist collection. Here’s a sketch of my experiences, along with a bit of a critique… [read more]
Source: Beyond the Printed

HTML5 IN INKLING HABITAT (VIDEO)
Missed the DBW webcast on HTML5 for publishing decision makers earlier this week? See below Inkling’s Brad Neuberg deliver his portion of the presentation… [read more]
Source: Digital Book World

ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF A SUCCESSFUL SELF PUBLISHED BOOK
While the publishing industry is not going to die anytime soon, the ability to self publish books is quickly becoming a disruptive force that is opening up a world of opportunity to people. However, it’s not as simple as slapping together a PDF… [read more]
Source: Search Engine Journal

INTEREST IN HTML5-BASED APPS BREEDS NEW COTTAGE INDUSTRIES
However, there are still problems with implementing certain types of apps in HTML5. For one, HTML5 has its own fragmentation issues to deal with: Chrome, Safari, Firefox and other browsers support different HTML5 features. In mobile the same problems… [read more]
Source: Fiercemobilecontent

HTML5 DRM COMES TO ALL CHROME OS DEVICES
This update brings, what Google calls, ‘Widevine Content Decryption Module’ to all Chrome Devices (not only ARM). It’s a module which ‘enables Widevine licenses for playback of HTML audio/video content. The new HTML5 Encrypted Media Extensions… [read more]
Source: Muktware

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