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Old 01-25-2013, 10:52 AM   #46
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Agree with Mel about wanting alerts for new books by a particular author. That's one thing I like about the Sony store.
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I'm curious how people feel about social networking/social interaction integration for online ebookstores and their apps?
No interest at all -- it's much more of an annoyance.
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No drm.

I wanted to buy a book, then realized i didn't had a proper install of digital edition en linux. That I would need to start windows, get book, start linux again to un-DRM . Screw that !
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:50 AM   #49
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Update to this Thread...

I haven't been back on this thread in quite some time, but I wanted to take a moment to look in review everything that was posted.

After a VERY long slog, we have begun work on the production website for Ereading.com. We have, in fact, taken many of the suggestions on this thread into consideration and we are attempting to add as many as possible.

One thing I will add is that our app, PocketReader™, will be available for iOS and Android, but not Windows phones--at least, not initially. Does anyone here feel that is unfair to users? I ask because Windows doesn't seem to be particularly big on cellphones, at least not yet, and it is a huge expense for us.

Again, I wanted to thank EVERYONE for their suggestions. I truly believe Ereading.com® and PocketReader™ will be better products because of the input we received here.

I promise to be more active on any thread I am involved in from now on!
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A bit late, but here's a tip from Courtney Milan on the advantage of using ISBN numbers in your URLs to books: http://www.courtneymilan.com/ramblin...ers-of-ebooks/
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A bit late, but here's a tip from Courtney Milan on the advantage of using ISBN numbers in your URLs to books: http://www.courtneymilan.com/ramblin...ers-of-ebooks/
Not late at all.

Thank you! This is valuable information.

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Old 08-28-2014, 02:35 PM   #52
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I see the ebook I want to buy,

It has no DRM,

I pay for it,

I download it right to my PC through the browser.
I've been doing that for the past 2 years. I find the ebook, add to cart, pay for it connecting to my bank account (other options possible). No ADE needed, they are watermarked. I can download it to PC as soon as it is paid for (almost instantly) and appears on my bookstore shelf. I get multiformat (epub, mobi, sometimes also pdf) for 1 price. It is automatically send to kindle from the bookstore right after purchase (in some bookstores it can be automatically uploaded to dropbox). I am forgetting what Alf is all about.
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:08 PM   #53
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I think what cromag and Chi want is the ideal situation for all books. But publishers still aren't allowing it. Requiring DRM is both a huge burden on the booksellers, but also on the end-user who wants to use their purchased property as they wish (within permitted uses, of course).

One issue people seem to gloss over is that purchasing an ebook doesn't give a consumer the right to make as many copies as they like, no more than purchasing a print book gives them the right to photocopy that book as many times as they like.

One of the things that is critical to us is having full syncing ability between devices. With that in place, there should be no need for three separate copies of a digital text.

Then again, that said, I'd love to hear dissenting opinions as to why I'm wrong on this. There may very well be a reason (or reasons) for having multiple copies that I'm not properly considering.
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I think what cromag and Chi want is the ideal situation for all books
One remark, it is not what I want, it is REALITY for me. I described what I actually do while buying ebooks. Pretty much ideal, I agree.
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Old 08-30-2014, 08:25 PM   #55
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As far as the magazine issue is concerned, that's nothing compared to Amazon. I haven't bought any there but, if I understand their policy correctly, seven months after I buy a magazine, they will delete it. Automatically. For my convenience. Whether I want to re-read them, or not. (Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.)
You can highlight the magazine's title, and select "Keep issue", then it stays forever, as far as I know. I have some pretty old issues. Besides, you can always download them to your pc, and make a copy for backup. I do.
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I think what cromag and Chi want is the ideal situation for all books. But publishers still aren't allowing it. Requiring DRM is both a huge burden on the booksellers, but also on the end-user who wants to use their purchased property as they wish (within permitted uses, of course).

One issue people seem to gloss over is that purchasing an ebook doesn't give a consumer the right to make as many copies as they like, no more than purchasing a print book gives them the right to photocopy that book as many times as they like.

One of the things that is critical to us is having full syncing ability between devices. With that in place, there should be no need for three separate copies of a digital text.

Then again, that said, I'd love to hear dissenting opinions as to why I'm wrong on this. There may very well be a reason (or reasons) for having multiple copies that I'm not properly considering.
I'd make the comparison to music. I buy an MP3 and keep the "original" file on my external hard drive. I burn a CD for my car (the interior of a car is a terrible environment for CDs, so they go bad and I toss the old one and burn a new one as needed), and put copies on my Sansa Clip (kept in my bedroom) and on my Creative Zen (for walking and working outdoors). Since only I have access to the MP3, and since I can only listen to it on one device at a time, I don't think I'm breaking any laws -- or doing anything that the artist and/or vendor would object to.

I have a few ereaders. I keep one in the living room. The others I take with me on trips to the dentist, the doctor, anywhere I'm liable to wait for a while. I also take one of them on vacations. Two of them, including my favorite, don't have wi-fi, so it's unlikely a vendor would be able to provide a method to "sync" them.

If you're going to saddle ebooks with DRM, at least make it something I can ... *ahem* ... work around.

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You can highlight the magazine's title, and select "Keep issue", then it stays forever, as far as I know. I have some pretty old issues. Besides, you can always download them to your pc, and make a copy for backup. I do.
I didn't know that. But, as long as Barnes & Noble has the two magazines I'm interested in, I'll stick with them.
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I don't have to sign in to get the book I want, I am not asked when am I gonna do a review of the book I want, and I'm not asked to look at other books they chose for me based one the ones I've just bought... eww I don't like that at all. Oh, and if the book came out several years ago, I don't want it priced as if it just came out this month.
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I don't have to sign in to get the book I want, I am not asked when am I gonna do a review of the book I want, and I'm not asked to look at other books they chose for me based one the ones I've just bought... eww I don't like that at all. Oh, and if the book came out several years ago, I don't want it priced as if it just came out this month.
Unfortunately, this is kind of a mixed bag. Some people want those features, others don't. What do you think of the idea of creating an optional, easy-to-access "opt-in" section where those features can be turned on or off selectively?
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The main feature I'd like that is missing from the big online bookshops is an easy way to filter out self-published books.
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