Why Print Still Rules: The Fading Legacy of E-Books

Woman reading KindleFor the better part of my career, my areas of concentration and expertise have been intellectual freedom, copyright (and copyleft), free and open source software, open access and net neutrality. But because I also have expertise in technology, people often ask me if I think e-books should replace print. They assume I would be a fan of digital books replacing paper and ink.

Personally, I prefer print books, but let us put my personal feelings aside for a moment.

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3 Ways to Stream Media to Your Xbox 360 or PS3

Streaming media has quickly become a significant component of entertainment in many people’s lives. For evidence of that, look no further than the statistics indicating that Netflix accounts for as much as 30 percent of all Internet traffic during peak hours. Streaming from the Internet, however, is only one way to get content to your media devices.

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Spotify for Linux but not for Me

Wall-E sad

Yes, I do use Linux, but I cannot use Spotify, despite the fact that the company just released a Linux version of its awesome music software.  With their P2P technology, users can share their music, create customizable playlists, and do all sorts of other cool things, as long as they are not in the U.S.

Spotify is still trying to work out “licensing” agreements with the recording industry in the U.S. (good luck with that).  How odd it would be if the music companies actually allowed legal P2P file sharing of their music.  It would certainly limit piracy, and they would still get paid.

Anyway, if you live anywhere from sea to shining sea, don’t hold your breath.  I suspect that Spotify may never reach a deal here in the U.S.

Nevertheless, those Linux users in other countries, enjoy your new toy.