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Old 11-27-2009, 12:16 AM   #1
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New ebook store for Australia and New Zealand

The Read Without Paper website will launch on Tuesday 1st December with over 110,000 eBook and Audiobook titles available for you to purchase.

Great titles from great authors:

Stephenie Meyer
Charlaine Harris
Dan Brown
James Patterson
Dean Koontz
Clive Cussler
Danielle Steel
Nora Roberts

...and we have Australian and New Zealand authors, too, including:

Colleen McCullough
Kerry Greenwood
Michael Faber
Nick Cave
Tom Collins
James Clavell
Thomas Keneally
Kathy Lette

eBooks are available in Adobe EPUB and Adobe PDF formats.

Audiobooks are available in OverDrive MP3 and OverDrive WMA formats.

All prices are quoted in Australian dollars and most titles are available to Australian and New Zealand based customers.

Special Offer:

To thank you for your interest and to celebrate the launch of Read Without Paper we are taking 20% off the price of all titles until 31st December 2009.

There will be regular special offers and discounts available to Read Without Paper customers so make sure you don’t miss out.

We look forward to providing you with Great eBooks from Australia & Around the World at great prices.

Read Without Paper

www.readwithoutpaper.com

I bought my first ebook from our test site today - it's working beautifully! Australian author Steve Toltz's "A Fraction of the Whole".

Usual disclaimer: I work for DA Direct/Central Book Services, the owners of the Read Without Paper ebook store.
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Old 11-27-2009, 12:57 AM   #2
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That's verygood news, Christine. I'm waiting with bated breath.

Roughly what proportion will be ebooks and what proportion will be audiobooks?

Regards, Alex
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Old 11-27-2009, 01:34 AM   #3
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Old 11-27-2009, 01:41 AM   #4
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Fantastic news! Any ideas as to the prices?
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Old 11-27-2009, 02:36 AM   #5
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So this is a definite definite date, not one of those flexible type possibilities?
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Old 11-27-2009, 02:43 AM   #6
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This is great!

Now I just need to find out how to transfer the upub to prc or palm ereader until I get my next reader.
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Old 11-27-2009, 04:38 AM   #7
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Good news

I have just moved down under to NZ and was wondering where to buy. Are there any other recommended stores in NZ?
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Old 11-27-2009, 04:57 AM   #8
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That's verygood news, Christine. I'm waiting with bated breath.

Roughly what proportion will be ebooks and what proportion will be audiobooks?

Regards, Alex
Thanks for your encouragement

This is a current snapshot of the titles in our store:

Adobe ePub 17,444
Adobe PDF 92,205
Overdrive MP3 7,193
Overdrive WMA 12,550

I talk about ePub with publishers whenever I can, but PDF is the most common format and it's what publishers are supplying.

My ECO Reader reflows the PDF I purchased today nicely.

Overdrive WMA format is not compatible with ECO Readers. The MP3 I purchased today works very well on our ECO Reader, but I'm not sure if all the MP3 files will be compatible.

Blue Tyson, I've bought 4 titles so far - it's all working. Now we just have to wait for the official launch...

m-reader, the prices are set by the publishers. We have a mix of popular and classic fiction and non-fiction.

Some price examples through December: Twilight, Angels and Demons and Life of Pi in ePub are $10.16 each. Eragon and Memoirs of a Geisha in ePub are $8.89 each. A Fraction of the Whole cost me $13.28. Windows 7 All-in-One For Dummies® (8 references in 1) in ePub or PDF is $31.70.

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Old 11-27-2009, 06:01 AM   #9
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This is great news and prices are comparable to US ebooks stores
Two ebooks I am interested in are Matthew Reilly - Five Greatest Warriors and Stieg Larssen - Girl who kicked the Hornets nest
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:16 AM   #10
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No Reilly or Larssen yet, sorry.

I bought Reilly's Seven Ancient Wonders at www.macmillandigital.com.au

I've downloaded and read some free short stories from his website, too.

http://matthewreilly.com/

This isn't good - the more I search our store, the more ebooks I find that I want to own!
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:27 AM   #11
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Our ebooks will all have Adobe DE DRM.

ECO Reader owners will have to use the (default) Adobe DE program on their ECO Readers to read their purchased ePub and PDF ebooks, as usual. So, you'll be reflowing the text in PDFs and increasing/decreasing the font size, but not zooming pages.

ECO Reader owners can still open and read non-protected PDFs with their alternate PDF zoom program. It's easy to switch back and forth, via the menu option.

Our ebooks won't be compatible with iLiads.

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Old 11-27-2009, 07:48 AM   #13
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Sorry but that automatically counts me out. Pity.
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Old 11-27-2009, 08:26 AM   #14
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Our ebooks will all have Adobe DE DRM.

Our ebooks won't be compatible with iLiads.
Well, that's a shame, I was looking forward to being able to actually purchase books...


As I'm sure you're aware, there exists technology that allows for Digital Editions DRMed books to be read on an iLiad with FBReader, though I guess it might not be politic for you, as a retailer, to mention that.
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