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Old Yesterday, 04:15 PM   #46
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A lot of famous author books are pirated from ARC.

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Like Diap Dealer, I'm sceptical that this is any more than PR.
Some are flagged as arc on download sites, but many more are flagged as retail.

And popular releases appear on day one of release, before anyone has had the time to read every page!

poorly scanned paper books have been overtaken by retail epub, Kindle etc.

For what it's worth, I have never seen kepubs on offer, not that I have tried to find any
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Old Yesterday, 04:29 PM   #47
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Rest assured, I am outraged
It's crazy but true that the 30 days free returns on paperback books is not just for defective books. It's a free 1 month loan if people choose to treat it as such.
Read the Amazon terms and conditions for free returns
.a book can be returned without needing a reason
And even a slow reader could finish almost any book in 30 days!

I have not looked into how widespread this is. I noticed it first on all the ABRSM music exam pieces books..

I see also that most Google play books can be returned within 7 days, like with kindle. No obvious restrictions. No warnings that I could see about excessive returns. Seems over generous as the rule for Google play apps and games is that you can only return if used for less than 2 hours.maybe
e they don't , or cant track reading time, only elapsed owned time.

I think 2 hours is plenty long enough to decide to return a book. Not long enough to read a complete lengthy book for free, but enough to assess quality and return if dissatisfied
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"I think 2 hours is plenty long enough to decide to return a book. Not long enough to read a complete lengthy book"

Sounds like Author Guild 'thought ' no one buys more than one book a day and always has free time after immediately after buying.
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Sounds like Author Guild 'thought ' no one buys more than one book a day and always has free time after immediately after buying.
Yeah, I agree. I buy books sometimes while at work or out on vacation and won't look at them for hours or days.

For ebooks at least, having some percent read threshold makes a lot of sense. It is not perfect, what what is?

I download the books and convert them to ePub, so as far as Amazon is concerned, I haven't read any of the books I've purchased.

But I'm also in a small minority here.
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"I think 2 hours is plenty long enough to decide to return a book. Not long enough to read a complete lengthy book"

Sounds like Author Guild 'thought ' no one buys more than one book a day and always has free time after immediately after buying.
I've got books still "to be read" that I bought years ago. A few might even stretch into the "decades ago" realm. these are paper books. eBooks, I have not been into for as long - probably only 7 years. But I do have some eBooks that were bought those 7 years ago that are still waiting to be read.

But I wouldn't have the gall to try and return them now. That would be obscene behavior.
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