I've been adding loads of old goodies to my Libreture library over the last few days.

PDF artbooks, comics and extras from computer games and kickstarter pledges. Stuff I haven't looked at in ages, since it's been sitting on a file server.

Now I can see the covers and browse each book in my library, with much more chance of downloading it to read.

Libreture.com/library/kevin

Today's Deal of the Day from DriveThru Fiction is Shadowrun: Drawing Destiny (Tarot Anthology) from Catalyst Games.

Drawing Destiny is the latest original Shadowrun anthology, featuring twenty-three original stories about a brand-new artifact.

DRM-free and in multiple formats for all devices.

drivethrufiction.com/product/1

With Microsoft adopting Chromium as the engine for Edge it's important for freedom-supporting folks to help prevent a monopoly. If you drifted away from Firefox over the years then now is a great time to come back! Lots has changed in the last 18 months so give it a try today (if you're not already using it).

A take: any 'bad actor' moves that get reported for Mozilla are taken more seriously precisely because these events are rarer with Mozilla, and because Mozilla are (overall) a far better actor in the browser field than others.

This is not to excuse some of their actions, but the bar does appear to be higher for them than their peers, even though they are not the market leader.

This is toxic and is used by anti-mozilla folks to help keep their share down.

public authorities "can secretly compel tech companies and individual technologists, including network administrators, sysadmins, and open source developers – to re-engineer software and hardware under their control, so that it can be used to spy on their users. Engineers can be penalized for refusing to comply with fines and prison"... sounds like a nightmare but it is reality in the and eff.org/deeplinks/2018/12/new-

‘your honor, the plaintiff paid, in this case, tens of thousands of pounds sterling, which covered the services, namely access to a half-dozen tired ex-systems architects who used to work for oil companies in the 80s, a medium-sized library, and also a card with which he once attended a concert at a slightly reduced price’

This is why pure dystopian fiction doesnt' work anymore:

"Harvard is using its $39 billion endowment to snap up massive amounts of rights to aquifers all over California, making a dark bet on water scarcity to profit off forthcoming mega-droughts"

wsj.com/articles/harvard-quiet

@garbados It occurs to me that, due to the extent to which employers rely on workers' inability to discover their own value, simply sharing compensation data among mutually trusting groups could be hugely impactful. We could call it a "salary club".

Company A makes a product used by 60% of the world.

This, rightly, worries people. When Company C’s product (used by 3% of the world) switches to using the core of Company A’s product folks suggest people use Company B’s product (used by 5% of the world).

Plot twist: Company B gets ~all its money (hundreds of millions of $) from Company A.

Welcome to the sewer of monopoly, institutional corruption and surveillance capitalism we lovingly call The Web circa 2018.

Stats: statista.com/statistics/268254

Memset are an excellent UK-based hosting company, and where Libreture stores readers' e-books.

They provide cloud storage, IaaS, VPS, dedicated servers, etc.

If you're interested in giving them a try, here's £10 credit towards your account.

It's part of their affiliate scheme, so I get account credit in return too. This is the only company I'm sharing affiliate links for - that's how happy I am with them.

They're big supporters of the concept of data-sovereignty.

memset.com/ref/737772/

Top 10 Most Popular DRM-free Bookshops on Libreture this month:

- Ebooks.com
- Kobo
- Faded Page
- Iron Circus Comix
- Argyll Publications
- Smashwords
- Standard Ebooks
- Fahrenheit Press
- NASA Books
- Comics Fu

Find details on these and more DRM-free Bookshops at:
libreture.com/bookshops/

Work in progress background art for a secluded area outside the castle.

#ArtWithOpenSource #GameDev #HeroU #Krita

Cool take: Amateur art has value. Folk art has value. Art with technical problems has value.

It's not appropriate to judge all art by professional metrics. The value individual practice may come from places unrelated to how a third party views or experiences the piece.

Art for community, art for therapy and art just to pass the time are all good. More people should do art.

New on Smashwords:

Hellhole: An Anthology of Subterranean Terror
by Gryphonwood Press.

Delve into dark worlds in HELLHOLE, where death lurks around every corner, and come face to face with creatures from your worst nightmares in this collection of dark thrillers. New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry and Bram Stoker Award winner Rena Mason headline a cast of bestselling and award-winning authors.

Available at a great price, DRM-free, and in ePub format.

smashwords.com/books/view/8992

The latest Humble E-Book Bundle is The Planetary Exploration Bundle by Make.

Get $304 worth of DRM-free e-books, including Make: High-Power Rockets and much more!

In multiple formats for all devices.

humblebundle.com/books/planeta

You don't even have to upload any e-books to make use of Libreture. It works great as a Wishlist tool.

Browse other users' public libraries, adding books to your Wishlist as you go. You can browse & shop for them them later.

Create your FREE account today.

libreture.com/libraries/

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