Critical Linking: June 15, 2013

Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute is working on a new ebook DRM dubbed SiDiM that would prevent piracy by changing the actual text of a story, swapping out words to make individualized copies that could be tracked by the original owner of the ebook.

I’m imagining some find and replace algorithm that finds the word “the” and replaces it with “fruitcake.”


But as Acocella puts it, Cather simply opened the door to artistic freedom and walked through it. Seeing that there was a door was Cather’s first and greatest feat of imagination.

We’re set to learn a lot from a bunch of letters we were never meant to read.


Lissak said about 30,000 non-fiction books made it on the list to possibly be weeded out, but she does not know how many titles were actually taken off of the shelves for good. 

A tale of book weeding gone awry.

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