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Sat December 13 2014

MobileRead Week in Review: 12/06 - 12/13

07:00 AM by Alexander Turcic in Miscellaneous | Week in Review

Been away? Fear not! Here is your chance to check out what appeared on our frontpage this week:

E-Book General - News

E-Book General - Reading Recommendations


Now on Scribd: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

06:35 AM by NickyWithNook in E-Book General | News

I'm doing a free trial and I'm glad to see this addition!

At long last, we’re thrilled to welcome Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to Scribd. They’ve long been one of our favorite publishers, with a long history of publishing books from some of the most beloved and celebrated writers of all time, from Nathaniel Hawthorne to George Orwell, Virginia Woolf, Robert Penn Warren, Umberto Eco, Ursula K. Le Guin, and more.

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Thu December 11 2014

Pointing users to drm stripping software isn't copyright infringment.

04:30 PM by JoeD in E-Book General | News

Telling users how to strip the DRM from their legally purchased ebooks is not contributory copyright infringement, according to a ruling last month by a federal judge in New York.

eff summary of the decision

I'm a little surprised by this ruling but quite pleased it went the way it did.

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Sun December 07 2014

The 2015 Annual Reading Challenge List Thread

01:50 PM by Nyssa in E-Book General | Reading Recommendations

2015 Reading Challenge List Thread

Welcome to our 6th Annual Reading Challenge!

The Annual Reading Challenge is neither a race, contest, nor an "exclusive club", anyone can join! This is just a fun activity that some of us have enjoyed doing in the past. Many of us have found reading challenges to be an entertaining way to set goals for ourselves, get ideas for books, and see what others are reading.

This thread is for you to keep a running tally for your chosen challenge. I would request that you please state your goals at the top of your post (in the title line if you can), and then start your list in the body of your post. As you read books, edit your post to update your list of books read.

[Please Remember: No discussion posts in this thread. Please use the other thread for that. Non-List posts will be deleted or moved to the other thread]

Discussions & Ideas can be found here: 2015 Annual Reading Challenge Discussion Thread

Post #2 is dedicated to a Table of Contents for all participants in this thread. Names will be added, to this TOC, in alphabetical order with a link to that individual’s post number from this thread.

Previous threads were for 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010

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Sat December 06 2014

MobileRead Week in Review: 11/29 - 12/06

07:00 AM by Alexander Turcic in Miscellaneous | Week in Review

Another week, another steady stream of e-book goodness here on MobileRead. Our authentic roundup of what's been going on:

E-Book General - News

E-Book General - Reading Recommendations

Miscellaneous - Announcements

Thu December 04 2014

B&N buys out Microsoft's Nook stake

12:09 PM by fjtorres in E-Book General | News

From the WSJ:

The bookstore retailer bought out Microsoft’s preferred interest in Nook for about $120 million in cash and stock, freeing the software giant from further investments in the business.

Barnes & Noble added it expects the planned split of its Nook Media unit from its retail stores to occur by the end of August, behind its initial projection for a separation by March. Ending the partnership would also make it easier for Barnes & Noble to sell the division if it chooses to explore that option.

The disclosure came as Barnes & Noble reported a much weaker-than-expected profit for its November quarter, helping push its shares down more than 13% in early trading.

For its second quarter ended Nov. 1, the Nook segment’s revenue fell 41% to $63.9 million, while digital content sales fell 21% to $45.2 million. Device sales fell 64%, though cost-cutting helped stem the division’s loss in the quarter.

Sales at the company’s retail unit, meanwhile, fell 3.6% due partly to store closures.

More at the source.
If link expires, google the headline "Barnes & Noble, Microsoft End Nook Pact".

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Wed December 03 2014

MobileRead Guideline Refinements

09:53 AM by Alexander Turcic in Miscellaneous | Announcements

Below I present a few refinements to our existing guidelines. Nothing big there, but if you have the time, please quickly skim through them.

Book Uploads according to Life+70 Rule

Two weeks ago we successfully moved our servers to a new host. We said goodbye to Montreal, Canada and welcome to New Jersey, USA. Because of differing copyright laws, eBooks uploaded to this site must now be in the "life+70" public domain or licensed under a compatible Creative Commons license. This means that the author (or translator) of the book must have died at least 70 years before the start of the current year.

Feel free to use the report button if you have questions about a book's copyright status.

MobileRead Amazon Referral Tag

I want to be upfront. We're going to experiment by adding an official MobileRead tag to Amazon links posted here. So,


For example, every time someone asks for some information on something, and you include a link to Amazon in your response, that link gets updated to include our tag. The commission we'd receive when a user makes a purchase through this link would help contribute towards the running costs of the site. The only difference is that Amazon will know that you came from MobileRead; no other information is shared and prices are the same.

As always, I appreciate your feedback and I want to make sure it is cool with most people.

Our general guideline remains. It is generally not allowed to deliberately post links containing commission, referral or affiliate tags in the forums (with very few exceptions, such as in clearly marked signatures, subject to moderator approval).

Keeping things family- and work-friendly

TL;DR: It is not permitted to post sexually explicit or erotic content.

We pride ourselves on being a family- and work-friendly community. Children visit this forum and, for better or worse, our conduct sets an example that can either foster or hinder a life-long interest in reading books. We also want parents to feel confident that this community is safe for their children to visit.

It goes without saying that flaming, cursing and trolling are not acceptable.

What's more difficult to define is where we draw the line with explicit content. It's been our policy for as long as I remember that users must not publish images or video that contain adult content, sexually oriented material, or might otherwise be considered offensive. Also sexual connotations or references have no place in this community. Yet, as of late we've noticed a trend among a handful of authors presenting literary works that would clearly fall under the rule of not being family-friendly. By clearly I mean the kind of content that you wouldn't want a child to see or that you might be embarrassed to view at work in front of colleagues. This could be a cover image, a book summary, or even endorsing links to said book. We will not accept this type of content any longer and reserve the right to remove posts that we deem inappropriate (yup, it's a judgment call).

Examples of related content not permitted include, but are not limited to, nudity, pornography, extreme profanity, erotica, sexually suggestive or explicit text.

Trust me this is not an expression of conservative views. Rather, it's about what we consider inappropriate when welcoming a broad audience including children from all over the world. Overall, I'm just repeating what I guess everyone already knows and it shouldn't affect much of our community.

Discussions related to DRM

A very long time ago eBooks were only for geeks (remember the Sony LIBRIe? ) Back then, discussions related to DRM were mostly in the interest of those who liked to tinker with technologies (and crack existing protections) and those who didn't want to pay for their content (i.e. warez it). Times have changed, and nowadays the topic of DRM is much more related to discussing the various eBook formats and vendor lock-ins. In this context, we have slightly updated our rules.

While DRM removal may be discussed in the abstract, the following are not allowed at MobileRead:

  • discussing DRM removal to pirate content;
  • providing detailed how-to instructions;
  • uploading of DRM-removal tools;
  • direct download links to DRM-removal tools.

Nothing really new here, except, now it's OK to name the relevant tools and also to provide links to legitimate sites that may discuss certain aspects of this topic in more detail than we would permit. For example, a link to this Ars Technica article is now OK.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask or contact me directly.


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UK e-book prices to rise from 1st January 2015

09:25 AM by Little.Egret in E-Book General | News

UK and many other EU e-book prices to rise from 1st January 2015

At present a Kindle store e-book sold in the EU is 'supplied' by Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. in Luxembourg and so in accordance with the current EU VAT rules pays Luxembourg VAT at 3% (may be different in Sweden).

From 1st January 2015 Amazon must use the VAT rate for the customer's location (as for mail order) so a UK customer will be charged VAT at 20% and so the bill will be 16.5 % more.

So buy before the year end, or buy from Baen.

Diane Duane complained about the uncertainties and impact on small

== more detail and links
After /5 years/ of preparation the EU has mandated that VAT (think sales tax) be charged on all EU internet purchases of ‘Electronically supplied services’ such as downloads, based on the VAT rate appropriate to the customer’s location, just like mail order physical goods (currently supplier location is used).

From 1st January 2015

Which means they had to define what was to happen if you bought a ringtone using a mobile or hotspot from a hotel, plane, train or ship.

The final regulation came out a year ago

I wonder if there was any difference between pay for e-book and be given download link (Baen, Diane Duane) and buy e-book immediate download (Kindle store) when you were on holiday or working in a different EU country.

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