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Breakdown of categories in the Kindle Lending Library

6 hours 52 min ago

Here is the listing of categories and book totals from the Kindle Lending Library.  This is from my Kindle 4:

All books: 5,156

Fiction: 1,346

Non-fiction: 3,865

Advice and how-to: 734

Business & investing: 480

Politics & current events: 90

Literary fiction: 78

Biographies & memoirs: 223

Religion & spirituality: 456

Science fiction: 68

Fantasy: 30

Mystery & thrillers: 149

Romance: 330

Science: 189

History: 271

Children’s ebooks: 294

Reference: 481

Travel: 247

Sports: 239

Humor: 171

Computers & internet: 27

Arts & entertainment: 323

Lifestyle & home: 997

Parenting & families: 259

Scientific American’s archive goes live – all the way back to 1845

7 hours 14 min ago

From the press release:

Readers can now revisit original reports of Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone and Thomas Edison’s invention of the light bulb. Scientific American’s complete archive, back to volume 1, issue 1, is now available on To celebrate the completion of the Scientific American archive on, the 1845-1909 archive collection will be free to all to access from 1-30 November 2011. Published since 1845,Scientific American is the longest continually published magazine in the U.S.

Via INFOdocket

Quick Note: Why old books smell so good – the answer

7 hours 28 min ago

Yes, their is a reason and Fiction Writers Review has it on their site.  Go over and take a look.  You can also find out about the old book perfume.

Eschewing iPad/iPhone app doesn’t hurt Financial Times

7 hours 49 min ago

From Paid Content:

Digital subscriptions hit 250,000 by the end of September (up 30 percent in the last 12 months), while freely registered users grew by 40 percent, owner Pearson (NYSE: PSO) reported on Thursday.

The publisher stopped offering its iPad and iPhone apps for download on August 30 after failing to gain an agreement from Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) which would have meant the FT could continue to process its own customers’ data and transactions.

This update therefore includes only one month of post-iTunes numbers. The majority of the gain was experienced since the FT’s previous update in July.

Now the FT is claiming 790,000 unique users have used the web-based app replica that has replaced the iOS apps. This has meant a fifth of FT web traffic now comes from the new web “app”, while 15 percent of new subscriptions come from mobile devices.

In other words, the Apple fall-out doesn’t appear to have hurt The Financial Times. Or, at least, the publisher has found some success in switching from apps to back to web in a mobile environment.

Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto

8 hours 1 min ago

From the website:

Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto: Essays from the bleeding edge of publishing (buy ebook / read free online), a handbook for publishers of the future, has been released by O’Reilly Media. It was built on the new, simple book production platform, Edited by PressBooks founder Hugh McGuire, and long-time publishing thinker and doer, Brian O’Leary, it contains essays from leading practitioners in the trenches of books & technology, including Liza Daly, Craig Mod, and Laura Dawson.

More info

We are pleased to announce the first published book produced using the PressBooks book production platform, suitably titled: “Book: A Furturist’s Manifesto (Part 1) … Essays from the bleeding edge of publishing”. The book is published by O’Reilly Media, and edited by PressBooks founder Hugh McGuire, and long-time publishing thinker and practitioner, Brian O’Leary.

Says the book’s co-editor, Brian O’Leary: “We wanted to bring together resources that would be immediately useful to publishers and future publishers as they make decisions in their everyday life about how to approach the making of books. It’s a kind of handbook you’d want to give someone who is starting a publishing house today.” Adds Hugh McGuire, “We really wanted to get beyond the abstract, and take a look at some things that are happening right now, some real technologies and real projects that are shaping publishing. It’s meant to be practical and applicable right now, as publishers prepare themselves for the digital future.”

This release is Part 1, with Parts 2 and 3 to be available in the coming months (those who buy now will get Parts 2 and 3 for free as they come out). Essays in the book are written by a collection of thought leaders and practitioners on the “bleeding edge of publishing,” including:

* Introduction (Hugh McGuire)

* Context, not Container (Brian O’Leary)

* Distribution Everywhere (Andrew Savikas)

* What We Can Do with Books (Liza Daly)

* What We Talk About When We Talk About Metadata (Laura Dawson)

* Analyzing the Business Case for DRM (Kirk Biglione)

* Tools of the Digital Workflow (Brian O’Leary)

* Designing Books in the Digital Age (Craig Mod)

The entire book production process — authoring, editorial, copyediting, and proofreading, as well as ebook production (and typesetting and print production to follow), took place on, a new publishing workflow tool, built for anyone publishing books and other long-form structured documents.

Says Joe Wikert, Publisher of O’Reilly Media: “We were really excited about testing out a new, easy-to-use platform for making books. And the subject matter is perfect: We are practicing what we preach, writing about the future of publishing while experimenting with new ways of approaching production and customer interaction.”

* You can buy the book here.

* Or read it online (for free), at

Kindle thieving, and other adventures in converting family to the joys of ereading

8 hours 6 min ago

So, until this weekend, my tally of relatives converted over to e-reading was as follows: Dad, gifted a Kobo and happily downloading his obscure boyhood favourites off; Mom with a Kobo still registered to my account, and to which I do all the book loading; Stepmom, also with a gifted Kobo, happily downloading public library books; and an aunt who had bought my old Kindle off of me when I upgraded during one of her visits. So far, so good, right?Well, it turns out that last one hasn’t quite gone as planned. The aunt was in town for a family event, and related that after she got an iPad for work and spent a few days ignoring the Kindle, she turned it on again one day to find that it now said ‘Stuart’s Kindle’ at the top—and all of the Eckhart Tolle was gone! It seems my enterprising uncle recognized an opportunity when he saw one and figured that his not very tech-savvy wife wouldn’t miss the Kindle too much. So he started playing, liked what he saw, and promptly deregistered the Kindle, deleted all of her books, set up his own account and took the darned thing over!

The happy ending? Uncle Stu is very happy with ‘his’ Kindle, and my aunt was asking me if I was ready for an upgrade yet so she could have my ‘old’ one. So, I have an excuse now to upgrade to the K4—stay tuned for my upcoming review, and if you share a home with reader-less housemates, always remember to keep an eye on your toys!

Penguin’s ebook sales double

8 hours 12 min ago

From The Bookseller:

Penguin’s e-book sales have more than doubled in the first nine months of 2011, as parent Pearson reported an increase in total sales of 3% and operating profit of 13%.

Total sales at Penguin for the nine months to 30th September were flat but the publisher said it offset the decline in physical sales with “strong publishing and the continued rise of e-book sales”. It highlighted authors such as Jamie Oliver, Lee Evans, Rob Brydon and Jeff Kinney as its UK highlights for the fourth quarter.

More in the article.

Amazon institutes a Kindle lending library

8 hours 22 min ago

Amazing!  Andrys Basten has the full lowdown on her Kindle World Blog:


The title is in caps, because I really didn’t expect the Kindle Owners Lending Library program would actually be put into effect, knowing how stubborn some publishers are about allowing even public libraries to lend their e-books.  But those particular publishers may not be involved in this lending library either.  We’ll see. [ See Update added same night. ]

I’m posting the news first and can add more details as we learn them later on.  I did just tweet this news as it’s quite a coup, at least in my view.

Check out all the details and updates in her article.

Publisher restrictions crowd out useful Kindle features

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 10:15

When he was reading Haruki Murakami’s new 944-page book 1Q84 on his Kindle, Gizmodo blogger Mat Honan encountered an unpleasant surprise. One of the best-known features of the Kindle is its WhisperSync, that enables readers to stop reading on one device and pick up where they left off on another. To Honan’s annoyance, when he tried to load the book into a second device he got an error message explaining that the book is only licensed to read on one device at a time. (He also found he couldn’t share passages from the book on Amazon’s social sharing service, but that was minor by comparison.)

Now, I get it. This was mostly likely a publisher restriction. Amazon has been working so hard to push features into the Kindle, it would be foolish to kill that added value. But shame on you, Amazon, for going along with this. And double super secret shame on you for not better warning me that you were quashing my ability to easily read this book on multiple devices when I bought it. Look, Amazon, if some idiot at Knopf (and make no mistake: this is idiotic) wants to shit on your customers, you have a duty to tell us there is a turd on the way.

I checked out the Kindle listing for the book myself, and there was certainly no indication that it was device-restricted. It does say “Text-to-Speech: Enabled”, which indicates Amazon does have at least some consciousness of consumers wanting to know if particular features work before they buy the book, but leaving out such an important restriction as number of devices allowed is very lame at best (and makes a great argument for cracking the DRM to read it on as many devices as you want to). When you buy an e-book, you shouldn’t be getting a pig in a poke.

Honan points out that all sorts of innovative features are possible with e-books, including applications that remix books in interesting ways. But when publishers and vendors lock the e-books down in this way, trying to force them into the mold of paper books, they deprive readers of those chances for innovation.

E-book market is a complicated mess

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 08:58

At GigaOm, Matthew Ingram writes that our relationship with e-books is “too complicated.” He cites the example of some innovative new e-book-related social-networking services, OpenMargin and Readmill, which can only work with DRM-free e-books—meaning they will not work with most of what Amazon and Barnes & Noble sell. (They’d go great with Baen books, though!)

The ability to “share” e-books with friends is not uniformly available, either, often locked down by publishers who want people to buy their own copies. And vendor lock-in means that e-book sellers have a vested interest in making their e-books as incompatible as possible with other e-book sellers’ devices.

Will we ever be able to download a digital version of the print book we just bought, and then share that book with friends — or even sell it to someone else at a discounted price, as we can with real books — or share our margin notes and highlights with others, regardless of what e-book reader they use? Based on the current state of the market, that seems like an almost unobtainable dream, unless some government agency forces publishers and retailers/e-book reader companies to adopt true open standards (which seems unlikely).

Ingram opines that publishers might sell a lot more books if they made them easier for readers to buy and use in the ways they wanted to. I think he’s got it exactly right—both on the desirability of openness, and the unlikeliness of it happening any time soon.

It’s kind of a vicious circle, as I see it. Publishers are way too concerned over their e-books being pirated to want to make their books any more “open” (and thus making the piracy easier), but their insistence on keeping the books locked down drives more people to pirate because they can’t get the books in a way that is useful to them. I won’t say that’s the only reason people pirate—some are hoarders, some are samplers, some are information-wants-to-be-free ideologues, and some are just cheapskates—but I’m sure it’s a pretty big one.

I don’t see either the piracy situation or publishers’ recalcitrance changing any time soon, more’s the pity. The music industry was able to come to its senses and dump DRM, but it had a lot fewer major players than the publishing industry, so fewer people needed to be brought to that decision—and besides, it had Steve Jobs on its case. The publishing industry is a lot more of a mess, and Steve Jobs didn’t have the time to get around to bringing his anti-DRM philosophy to e-books. (I wonder if he eventually would have, the way he did for iTunes? Or were music and e-books Apple and oranges for him?) If it ever happens, it’s probably going to be years in the making.

Canadian law publisher to publish tablet editions of its books

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 07:06

From the press release:

Irwin Law, Canada’s youngest and most innovative law publisher, has signed an agreement with Nubook, the leading developer of eBook reading applications, to distribute its front- and back-lists on tablets.

Before the end of the year, Irwin Law’s eBook catalogue will be available in a reading interface designed by the publisher for an optimal user experience. François Guérard, president and CEO of Nubook, said: “We offer publishing houses a new avenue to add value to their books, thanks to digital technology. Nubook’s unique and innovative solution allows publishers to take full control of their ebooks ecosystem by deciding the reading experience, preserving the visual richness of their books, defining their sales conditions, getting complete customer information, building their brand and enjoying an innovative business model.”

Jeffrey Miller, Irwin Law’s president and publisher said “We are very excited to give our readers a new way to consult our ebooks that is fully compatible with and complementary to our distribution strategy and our e-Library service. In addition, the Nubook solution allows us to preserve the unique and attractive design that differentiates our law books, while providing our readers with great features like refined search, links, and markups set up according to our editorial choices for the best reading experience.”

rwin Law Inc.
Irwin Law is the publisher of the Essentials of Canadian Law series, developed to fill the need for up-to-date, authoritative examinations of Canadian law. The books in the series offer serious but succinct treatments of the subjects that make up today’s legal environment. Each book, written by a leading Canadian authority in his or her field, provides clear, concise summaries and analyses of major topics.
In 2009, Irwin Law introduced its e-Library, powered by ebrary.

New edition of the American Heritage Dictionary will include an app

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 06:59

From the NY Times:

Well, it goes to show, the line between the legacy media and the new media is not as finely drawn as some believe. That is particularly true in this instance, as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt begins a campaign to market the fifth edition of The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.

Executives at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt say they do not believe they will sell as many print copies of the new dictionary as they did of previous editions. That is why there is a free companion Web site for the dictionary, at That is also why the dictionary is being made available as an app and for e-readers. (The app is free with the purchase of the print dictionary and $24.99 if bought separately. The app is published by Enfour, to which Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has licensed the rights. The e-reader version, from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, has a suggested list price of $60.)

More in the article.

Thanks to bookofjoe for the link.

Copyright Office: Legal Issues in Mass Digitization: A Preliminary Analysis and Discussion Document

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 06:47

The Copyright Office has released the above document.  Here is the announcement:

The Copyright Office has published a Preliminary Analysis and Discussion Document that addresses the issues raised by the intersection between copyright law and the mass digitization of books. The purpose of the Analysis is to facilitate further discussions among the affected parties and the public – discussions that may encompass a number of possible approaches, including voluntary initiatives, legislative options, or both. The Analysis also identifies questions to consider in determining an appropriate policy for the mass digitization of books.

Public discourse on mass digitization is particularly timely. On March 22, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York rejected a proposed settlement in the copyright infringement litigation regarding Google’s mass book digitization project. The court found that the settlement would have redefined the relationship between copyright law and new technology, and it would have encroached upon Congress’s ability to set copyright policy with respect to orphan works. Since then, a group of authors has filed a lawsuit against five university libraries that participated in Google’s mass digitization project. These developments have sparked a public debate on the risks and opportunities that mass book digitization may create for authors, publishers, libraries, technology companies, and the general public. The Office’s Analysis will serve as a basis for further policy discussions on this issue.

VIVMag wins digital magazine award

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 06:31

From the press release:

VIVMag, the all-digital, luxury lifestyle magazine for women, has been awarded the Eddie for “Best Digital Edition” in the consumer category in FOLIO: Magazine‘s 2011 Eddie Awards.  The awards program celebrates excellence in magazine editorial.  VIVMag‘s March/April 2011 issue featuring actress Jane Leeves on the cover secured the award honors for the publication.

VIVMag does things differently. While committed to creating beautiful covers and stories, we combine these with interactive components, including audio and video, to provide a truly engaging experience for our readers,” said Anne M. Russell, editor-in-chief, VIVMag. “Taking home this honor from one of the magazine industry’s top authorities validates why we consistently pour our hearts into every detail in every issue.”

Owned by VIV Publishing LLC and founded in 2006, VIVMag, the first exclusively digital women’s luxury and lifestyle magazine, is on the cutting edge of digital publishing.  Each issue pushes the boundaries of technology and style with multi-layered, interactive features and rich media.  Features like “Mix & Match,” where the user can change combinations of the model’s accessories with the touch of a finger, engage readers in ways that print media cannot, adding depth and value into the reading experience.

British Library launches iPhone and Android apps for new exhibition

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 06:21

From IntoMobile:

In an effort that seems designed to reach modern smartphone users, British Library is launching mobile apps for iOS and Android devices for the upcoming exhibition. Titled “Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination,” it shows illuminated manuscripts collected by the kings and queens of England between the 9th and 16th centuries.

There are 58 of the illuminated manuscripts in high-resolution detail to explore, 500 images, and 6 videos of British Library experts exploring the history and detail of the manuscripts.

More info in the article.

American Institute of Architects (AIA) New Jersey Guidebook available

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 06:19

One of the advantages of being the Editor-in-Chief is that I can help out a friend.

Architect Philip Kennedy-Grant has just published an architectural guidebook to 150 of the best buildings and places in New Jersey.  Here’s what the Rutgers University Press says about it:

The AIA New Jersey Guidebook reveals the state’s rich architectural legacy and the eclectic mix of periods and styles that make it unique. Only in New Jersey can you find the cradle of America’s industrial revolution, stately Victorian inns, and distinctive “Doo Wop style” motels.

Selected by a distinguished group of local architects, the 150 structures depicted in the AIA New Jersey Guidebook include both justly renowned buildings and hidden architectural gems. The book’s authors—expert architects and building historians—give equal attention to the works of such modern masters as Louis Kahn and Frank Lloyd Wright and to the ballparks and diners that give the Garden State its local flavor. Stunning color photographs capture the beauty of New Jersey’s architectural heritage. Thorough descriptions of each building explain its historical significance and architectural features in clear, direct language.

Compact and organized by region, the AIA New Jersey Guidebook is a wonderful traveling companion for road trips across the state or sightseeing day trips. Start your tour of the Garden State today!

I have a copy and am going to make it a point to see them all.  Since it is done by region this makes the logistics of such a tour much easier.

The book is $29.95 and can be purchased directly from the Press here, or through your local bookstore.  It it also available from the Press as an ebook, as a commenter, below, points out.

Google eBooks comes to Canada

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 06:15

From the Inside Google Books blog (blockquotes omitted):

In the latest chapter of the roll-out of our eBookstore, we’re pleased to announce that Google eBooks has just launched in Canada. Readers there can now access our vast online catalogue, including hundreds of thousands of titles for sale and more than two million free books in the public domain.

We’re excited to announce partnerships with both major international and Canadian publishers, including Random House, McClelland & Stewart, Douglas & McIntyre, House of Anansi and Dundurn. As a result, it’s easy to find popular best-selling and Canadian authors like Margaret Atwood and Ami McKay. What’s more, we’ve also partnered with your favorite retailers, like Campus eBookstore and McNally Robinson, allowing you to purchase our Google eBooks from them as well.

The Google eBooks platform is designed to be open and in the cloud, meaning you can pick up your eBook wherever you last left off on virtually any device: PCs and netbooks; Android and Apple tablets and smartphones; and compatible eReaders, like the Kobo, Reader™ from Sony, and Barnes & Noble Nook™.

Since Google eBooks launched in 2010, it has enabled a rich ebooks ecosystem that includes application developers, publishers, device manufacturers, affiliates, and retailers. This gives consumers choice in what they buy, where they buy, and how they read.

So go forth and read: we’ve got a few pieces in our eBookstore from Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Canada’s first best-selling author, for you to enjoy.


Google eBooks, Un nouveau chapitre pour les lecteurs canadiens

Publié par Kihyun Jung, Responsable Produit Google eBooks

Un nouveau chapitre s’ouvre concernant le lancement à l’international de notre eBookstore et nous sommes heureux d’annoncer que Google eBooks est maintenant disponible au Canada. Les lecteurs peuvent désormais accéder à notre vaste catalogue en ligne, comprenant des centaines de milliers de titres disponibles à la vente et plus de deux millions de livres libres de droit.

Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer que ce lancement se fait en collaboration avec les plus grands éditeurs internationaux et canadiens, dont Random House, McClelland & Stewart, Douglas & McIntyre, House of Anansi et Dundurn. Vous pourrez par conséquent trouver les livres des auteurs les plus connus et d’autres auteurs canadiens comme Margaret Atwood et Ami McKay. Nous avons également établi un partenariat avec vos librairies en ligne préférées, telles que Campus eBookstore et McNally Robinson, vous permettant d’acheter les livres électroniques de Google directement sur leur site Web.

La plateforme de Google eBooks est une plateforme ouverte et reposant sur le concept du Cloud, ce qui signifie une expérience de lecture de votre eBook ininterrompue sur pratiquement n’importe quel appareil: PC et netbooks, tablettes Android et Apple, smartphones, et eReaders compatibles, comme le Kobo, Reader™ de Sony, et Barnes & Noble Nook™.

Depuis le 1er lancement de Google eBooks en 2010, notre objectif est de créer un écosystème complet d’ebooks qui inclut les développeurs d’applications, éditeurs, fabricants d’appareils, sociétés affiliées, et les détaillants. Le tout pour donner un choix plus large aux consommateurs dans le type de publications qu’ils peuvent acheter, où ils peuvent acheter les livres et comment ils peuvent lire les livres achetés.

Soyez les premiers et découvrez: nos extraits disponibles dans notre eBookstore de Thomas Chandler Haliburton, le premier auteur à succès canadien.


‘Princeton Shorts’ Tries to Lure Readers With Digital Excerpts From Full Books

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 06:09

From The Chronicle of Higher Education:

Attention spans are short. E-readers are plentiful. Digital delivery is fast and convenient. How can university presses turn those facts to their advantage and attract readers who want bite-sized morsels of content?

Princeton University Press is about to test one approach with a new, e-only series. Called Princeton Shorts, it debuts November 9.

The article explains that Princeton Shorts will not be new material, like Kindle Singles; rather, it will be excerpts only of backlist material from Princeton University Press.  The full books will be available through Kindle and Google Books.

Princeton University Press considers this an experiment, hoping the ebook excerpts will drive customers to purchase the full books.  Other university presses will be keeping an eye on the experiment’s progress, as many of them are studying new ways of presenting their content, including schemes like selling textbook material on a chapter-by-chapter basis, based on class curriculum and assignments, and giving partially-loaded reading devices to students.

Court authorizes US Marshals to collect $64,000 from Righthaven

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 23:07

Oh, what fun! Oh, what marvelous schadenfreude! Oh, where’s my popcorn bucket?

At least one court has finally lost all patience with copyright troll Righthaven. Ars Technica reports that, after a series of attempted appeals and delays, including missed deadlines for appellate filings and an attempted excuse that Righthaven’s lawyer has to undergo surgery, the court that issued a $34,000 judgment against Righthaven in August has finally authorized lawyer Marc Randazza to enlist the aid of the US Marshals to collect nearly $64,000 in costs and fees from the company through asset seizure.

I look forward to hearing all about how Randazza’s visit to Righthaven’s office goes. Will the company admit defeat and pay up? Or will it try to get away with further obstructionist antics? That’s the, ahem, $64,000 question.

And as a reminder, lest people wonder why I’m giving these proceedings so much attention, the Righthaven cases have the potential to be very important to the way we read and share news online. Righthaven attempted to extort money out of people for passing on news in ways that seemed natural to them—quoting excerpts or in some cases entire articles to pass on. Many newspapers allow readers to email entire stories to their friends or family, and it’s easy to see how someone could see reposting the entire story to their blog as just an extension of that kind of sharing.

And some of the judgments could amount to new legal precedents for fair use of digital media—for example, a couple of judges have ruled that it was fair use for defendants to repost entire articles to their blogs. That’s a pretty big change from the accepted state of affairs.

The cases also have the potential to send a pretty clear message to other companies that think they can build a business model on the backs of the courts by extorting settlements: “Don’t make judges angry. You won’t like us when we’re angry.”

John Wiley & Sons sues 27 BitTorrent sharers of ‘For Dummies’ books

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 09:22

Suing copyright violators had had such terrific results for the music, movie, and newspaper industries that it’s only natural publishers would step up to take a shot. John Wiley & Sons has filed suit against 27 BitTorrent sharers of its “For Dummies” books.

Wiley argues that through the massive piracy that occurs on BitTorrent, their company is suffering severe losses that might cost several authors their jobs.

“Defendants are contributing to a problem that threatens the profitability of Wiley. Although Wiley cannot determine at this time the precise amount of revenue that it has lost as a result of peer-to-peer file sharing of its copyrighted works though BitTorrent software, the amount of revenue that is lost is enormous,” Wiley’s attorney writes.

So, naturally, Wiley rushes out to spend more money on lawsuits that history has shown will probably not make back the cost of litigating them. Oh, sure, there will probably also be a deterrent effect as people in the USA stop sharing Wiley books—but it’s not clear how effective it will be, since the titles will still be available from sharers in foreign countries, including non-Berne signatories, where Wiley’s suits won’t reach as easily.

Not that it’s really a surprise. Wiley has been one of the more outspoken companies against piracy. In 2009 it started using the Attributor content-tracking service to identify unauthorized postings of its content on the web, and also mentioned that it employed a full-time staff of three to fight piracy. I suppose if any publisher were to start suing over BitTorrent, it would be Wiley.

Wiley might consider taking a leaf from the notebook of fellow tech publisher Tim O’Reilly, who offers all his books DRM-free and doesn’t get too bothered over piracy because most pirates wouldn’t have bought the books anyway.

Perhaps after this is over, we’ll see Wiley publish “File-Sharing Litigation for Dummies”.