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Old 05-07-2019, 11:56 AM   #1
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Question Lost my 100 free books Kobo Original N416

Hi all,

I could use a little help here. I bought a Kobo Original N416 from a thrift store and while I was fooling around with it connected to my computer, I accidentally deleted the pre-loaded books. I've tried factory resetting, copying from two Kobo WiFis we have (N647B for both, I believe) and nothing works. I did try to download free versions from the Kobo Store, but it bloats my book list too much because I can't filter them out like you can with the preloaded books.

Does anyone have either an image of an original Kobo N416 or something that would allow me to restore the pre-loaded 100 classic free books?

Thanks in advance for any help,


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Old 05-07-2019, 02:06 PM   #2
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Hi all,

I could use a little help here. I bought a Kobo Original N416 from a thrift store and while I was fooling around with it connected to my computer, I accidentally deleted the pre-loaded books. I've tried factory resetting, copying from two Kobo WiFis we have (N647B for both, I believe) and nothing works. I did try to download free versions from the Kobo Store, but it bloats my book list too much because I can't filter them out like you can with the preloaded books.

Does anyone have either an image of an original Kobo N416 or something that would allow me to restore the pre-loaded 100 classic free books?

Thanks in advance for any help,


Sarah
I bet many of them are available for free download right here on MR. Perhaps ALL of them.
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Old 05-07-2019, 04:17 PM   #3
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They're all public domain. You can download them for free from a number of places. Here, ManyBooks.com, Project Gutenberg, Google books, etc.

It's not like you lost something that has any monetary value. Just download the ones you would actually want to read.

This probably wasn't one of them, but you should read it anyway.
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All these points are true, but the OP is looking for a bundle of books to download. Individually downloading 100 books tskes a great deal of time. I’d be interested in that bundle, too, to be honest.


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Lost my 100 free books Kobo Original N416

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Hi all…

Does anyone have either an image of an original Kobo N416 or something that would allow me to restore the pre-loaded 100 classic free books?

Thanks in advance for any help,


Sarah

Hey, Sarah. Your request intrigued me, so I went on the hunt. Your first problem is that this bundle was offered in 2010. I found mostly caustic comments online because the 100 free classics were in the public domain, but somebody did mention that there was a link to download the books. I haven’t found that yet, but in the meantime, I found this—a list of the 100 books in question on Kobo’s site from 2010 in the way back machine: https://web.archive.org/web/20100503...ee-ebooks.html

Update: I found an old forum post here (https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=254119) with helpful lists, and even a link to 50 of the books. (Use this working archive.org link instead: https://web.archive.org/web/20100329...ub-format.html)

At this point, I am ready to concede that there are an infinite amount of requests for a zip file of the 100 free books out there in the deep web, and there are lists of the books in question, but nobody put together a file of all of the books since they are available on Project Gutenberg.

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Old 05-14-2019, 07:49 PM   #6
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There are nearly 60,000 public domain/out of copyright/free ebooks that have been human proofed on gutenberg.org
The Canadian fadedcovers.com also seems to be human proofed. Nearly 5,000 decent quality public domain/out of copyright/free ebooks.
Archive.org (wayback machine) is the place of last resort. Very many Google and Microsoft scans to PDF with poor OCR (I can do better OCR) and no proof reading.
There are also quality public domain/out of copyright/free ebooks at many university websites and also sacred-texts.com
Some are in HTML only, but LibreOffice is free, paste and edit, save as docx and convert using calibre.

Amazingly I bought two real paper books in the local bookshop. The cost and time saving is slight, so I've stopped buying paper books in print on Amazon as my local bookshop will order anything in print. They will find it when I can't quite remember the title and author. I do also buy ebooks from Amazon and Smashwords.

I've seen bundles on ereaders and sold on Amazon that are POORER versions than on Gutenberg. There is a lot of public domain/out of copyright content that's simply scanned and OCRed with little or no proofing and sold on Amazon.
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