Originally Posted by Lynx-lynx
Harry my response to Joan, a new member*, does not contain judgement.
I hope if contains however, a 'welcome' tone.
It is precisely BECAUSE this is the time of year that we get people joining us who are new to eBooks, and possibly ignorant of copyright law, that I issue my warning to check what her friend has given her.
IF it's a collection of public domain works - eg from Project Gutenberg, or Google Books - then that's a wonderful gift, and I heartily wish her many happy hours of reading.
But if it's a collection of pirated books, she is potentially in very, very serious trouble. Consider that people are routinely fined $500 or so for downloading a single movie: the consequences of owning a collection of 62,000 pirated books could be financially catastrophic. If these books are not 100% guaranteed public domain (or other such free sources), I would urge her to immediately delete them from all her storage media and the Kindle, and report this so-called "friend" to the appropriate legal authorities without delay.