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Piracy not an issue after one year of selling DRM-free ebooks, says Tor Books

After nearly a year of selling ebooks free of DRM copy protection, Macmillan subsidiary Tor Books UK said that it has seen no increase in piracy on any of its properties. The company's editorial director elaborated in an extensive reflection on the decision earlier this week, writing, "The move has …

Coursera Partners with Chegg to Give Students Free Textbooks

Online learning startup Coursera on Wednesday announced a partnership with Chegg, a student hub for various educational tools and materials, as well as five publishers to offer students free textbooks during their courses. Professors teaching courses on Coursera have previously only been able to …

Book News: Vast 'Digital Public Library Of America' Opens Today

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>The Digital Public Library of America, intended to provide free open access to materials from libraries, museums, universities and archives across the country, launches at noon ET on Thursday. The project began as an …

Are cats top dogs in the world of literature?

Book people, I need to know where you stand on a vital issue: literary dogs versus literary cats. Last week, I wrote about how cats and literature …

Haruki Murakami fans queue overnight for latest novel

Nothing had been revealed but the mysterious title, Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, but that didn't stop hundreds of Haruki …

MOOC Interrupted: Top 10 Reasons Our Readers Didn’t Finish a Massive Open Online Course

On Tuesday, we gave you a Visualization of the Big Problem for MOOCs, which comes down to this: <i>low completion rates</i>. To be clear, the completion …

Cats leave their mark on centuries of books

Emir Filipović, an academic at the University of Sarajevo, was researching his PhD in the Dubrovnik State Archives when he stumbled across a medieval …

Curious Cat Walks Over Medieval Manuscript

Inky paw prints have been discovered in a 15th century manuscript.<p><b>From ancient Egyptian religions to Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat" to the latest I Can Haz Cheeseburger meme, felines, literature, and culture have enjoyed a long love affair. But perhaps no other feline has walked through history</b> …

The National Digital Public Library Is Launched!

The Digital Public Library of America, to be launched on April 18, is a project to make the holdings of America’s research libraries, archives, and …