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Thought others here might find this new article to be of interest.

"Some 54% of Americans currently read ebooks, according to the new poll, conducted in March 2014 among 2,234 U.S. adults. This result conflicts with a recent study from Pew, which found in January 2014 that 28% of Americans read an ebook in the last year.

The Harris Poll also found that those who read ebooks more read more books on average than other Americans. About a third of those who read ebooks exclusively or more than print read more than 20 books a year, while about a fifth of those who read more in print read more than 20 books a year.

Ebook readers also purchase more books, about double what other readers buy."
I just heard the sad news that one of my favourite ebook stores, Wizard's Tower Books, is closing down at the end of this month :( It has an excellent selection of LGBT/feminist scifi and fantasy, and very reasonable prises, so I recommend having a look around there while you still can.
https://www.humblebundle.com/
Humble bundles is doing another ebook sale: I'll just copy paste from the site

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As a special exclusive, pay $15 or more and you'll also get Homeland by Cory Doctorow (narrated by Wil Wheaton) in audiobook format!

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This is cross posted.

http://www.blank.org/addict/orig.addict.html

While working for the Topeka Capital Journal, Jon Michael Bell wrote a book on Fred Phelps. The paper prevented him from publishing, claiming the $8 an hour they paid him made it their property. Court documents are public property and cannot be bought and sold. So in a grand act of defiance, he's directing everyone to the court documents.

Here is the entire manuscript as it was submitted to the court, in court document format.

The author wants everyone to give away 10 copies free and donate to charity if possible. He gives a list of some his favorites.


THIS IS EXREMELY TRIGGERING AND CONTAINS huge amounts of PROFANITY.
Hello! Maybe I am being stupider than usual, but I am having the devil's own time trying to find an app that will read this epub3 book (A Fujoshi's Guide to Japanese vol. 1), which seems to have multimedia. I think Adobe Digital Editions will read it on my Windows 7 desktop, but it is also truncating some of the text on the right margin (!) and the text rendering is horrible. I'd love to read it on my iPad but I can't figure out what a good option is that actually supports this file format. Help?
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I need help with finding a good epub reader for my Windows 8. I have Adobe Digital Editions installed, but I hate the way text is displayed - the font is horrible, I have no words so I'm adding a screencap. Is there a good standalone desktop program I can use to read my fic on my laptop? I mostly use my tablet, but sometimes I find I need to take a break from the work I'm doing and want to read a fic. Help!

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Okay, so for some really annoying reasons (primarily weak grip, startle reflexes and grocery store linoleum), I had to replace my Kindle 3 last night. The Best Buy man who sold me both the new ebook and its protection plan was a little startled by the very fervent, "That one. Please god, tell me you have it in stock." He also apparently has few scruples, as he explained to me that 2.5 years from now, about 6 months before my protection plan expires, my ereader should meet with an accidental death, I can replace the ebook for free, and re-up on the protection plan for another three years.

I have to say "This is pretty much the last time you need to buy an ereader" is one of the more interesting ways I've heard a protection plan hawked.

It is bad enough that I had the option of Fire (no thank you, I already have the iPad known as my Toy), the Paperwhite (oh gods, my retinas, oh gods), and the Kindle.

I am very annoyed by the lack of my beloved Kindle 3, as I was perfectly fine with the extra space and my keyboard.

But, fine, I'm fine with the less space given that it's not emulating all the things I hate about the iPad Kindle app. And gods know that since I have years of Kindle ebook purchases and no brain to try and crack them, the Kindle was the only option for replacing my 3.

And now, for neither love nor money, can I get the damned thing to connect to our password protected wireless. My housemate's unlocked (only for this experiment) mobile hotspot? Yes.

Password protected wifi? Nope.

I have the password! That failed. 

I have a blinking WPS light! I have been next to the light. I have been next to the modem! That failed.

It will not connect.

I would like to get my collections reestablished, since apparently one of the features Amazon has introduced since my last Kindle death includes "being able to sync your collections"; I'm not putting a lot of trust in being able to do it, mind, but I'd like to at least try. I'd also really appreciate being able to quit having to drag out my USB cord to put new books on my ereader.

I mean, yes, I had to wait six and a half months with my first Kindle to get it connected to my college's wifi, but it turns out the several years since then exactly meant I'd forgotten how much I loathed that whole period.

Please gods, tell me someone knows how to fix this.

Hi! I think I am stupid at technology. :-( I've been trying to follow this guide and I'm stuck at the very beginning. I did the custom column in Calibre, but then it says
Configured either the Kobo Touch or the Kobo Touch Extended driver depending on which you are using.
Preferences | Advanced | Plugins
Expand Device Interface plugins section and look for KoboTouch or Kobo Touch Extended driver
With KoboTouch or Kobo Touch Extended highlighted, select Customize plugin

I can't find anything called Preferences that goes into Advanced, let alone Plugins. When I'm in an ebook I see a wrench at the bottom that goes into two pages of reading preferences, and at the top I can go into a button with a gear called Settings. The Settings available are Account, Sleep and power, Date and time, Language, Reading settings (seems to be same as the wrench), Reading Life, Wi Fi connection, Device information, About Kobo Mini, and Extras. Investigating these options hasn't turned up any sort of Plugins I can tinker with. Help?

I mean, I shouldn't complain--this device was a hand-me-down so it cost me nothing, but I've pretty much stopped reading fanfic because I can't organize it in a way that I find helpful without doing it by hand, and I figured I'd make one more try to get it to work for me.
My Sony PRS-350 is becoming increasingly flakey so I'm looking around for a new eBook reader and I'd love to hear any recommendations.

My main requirements are:

  1. ePub format support (I have a lot of ePubs)
  2. Plays nicely with Calibre (I read a lot of fanfic on my ereader and use Calibre to manage conversion)
  3. Decent zooming of PDFs.

    This is something of a specialist requirement, I find not all PDFs worked well in the Sony reader when I just enlarged the font size (diagrams and equations in particular didn't like it), but the Sony eReader's actual zooming function was really horrible and you kept having to switch in and out of it to turn pages, so I'd love something that would let me read scientific papers on the device with a bit more ease.

    EDIT: I know I'm never going to get Adobe Reader style functionality on an e-Ink device. I never expected to be reading PDFs on it, but it's become something I find useful. So anything that improves the PDF experience over that on the PRS-350 is good and anything that makes it harder is bad.
  4. At least 12 hours battery life (which most ereaders have, but not all tablets if you want to recommend one of them).


I probably want something a little larger than the PRS-350. I loved the portability of it, but I was magnifying everything up at least one font size, and that's a problem that will only get worse and the lack of screen real-estate also contributed to the problems I was having with the PDFs.

If I can access Analog Science Fiction and Fact from the UK on it (which I've not been able to do since Barnes & Noble bought out Fictionwise) then that would be an added bonus.

Playing nicely with Adobe Digital Editions on a Mac (which the Sony doesn't) would also be a plus since I have a book I purchased for $1 in ADE and I'd sort of like to read it some day, even though I only paid a dollar for it.

Beyond that I'm open to suggestions. I've managed quite happily without a wireless connection but I'm prepared to be convinced I would benefit from one.
I've been using the Marvin iPod Touch reader software for a week and I'm squeeing so hard my dog is hiding (see icon).

My summary over at [community profile] iapps comm. Righ now it's iOS-only.

tl;dr Best Reader Software ever.
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http://www.ereaderiq.com/ has a lot of free and very cheap books on nearly on any subject you can think of.

http://home.bookbub.com/ also has loads of free and cheap books.

They change all the time. these are websites to keep an eye on.
I'm looking for a new reader and since I'm a sucker for new and shiny my eyes glomed onto glowy e-readers. Not having seen any in real life, I figured I'd ask for your opinion. Any of you tried kindle paperwhite or kobo glo? maybe something else? What's your experience?
eta NEVERMIND OMG I finally solved it!!!!!!

I am still unable to resolve an issue I'm having with my Kobo Glo.
To recap, a friend bought me an eBook. It will open on my computer, but not on the Kobo, due to DRM issues. ("not currently authorized with your Adobe ID".) Signing in on the device seems to be a sticking point... how do I do this?
The answer is, there is a tiny gear icon in digital editions next to the Kobo icon. I clicked that, the clicked "Authorize device" and it finally worked! *puts hair back in head*


Things I've tried (with friend's help):
Getting a brand-new Adobe ID with a brand-new email address.
Doing the factory reset on the device (I may try this again)... of particular alarm was that the first adobe ID claimed it was invaled: it could only be used on one computer, even though the website claims otherwise!
Uninstalling and reinstalling Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) and Kobo desktop software

It's not that this particular book is so important to me. It's that I worry about buying more books, and if I'm going to keep running into this issue; although it does bug me that my friend's money is wasted on a book I can't read! I use my Kobo mostly for free things like fanfic and maybe I will keep it that way.

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After much research, I have come to the conclusion that (1) the only commonly available ereader without out of the box English <-> $language dictionaries is the Kindle, and it's not possible to install additional dictionaries, and (2) my best bet for a number of reasons is probably going to be an Android tablet.

Does anyone know whether there are ereader apps for Android that allow installation of offline English <-> $language dictionaries (I'm interested in Russian, Hungarian, and Swedish particularly, but also French), and whether there are good offline dictionaries available, ones that don't require you to be able to turn the word into its root form (especially important for Hungarian) and which work within the ereader program without having to leave the book?

I've done some looking around and at one point installed Moon+ Reader on my phone and then failed to figure out how to use any of the supposedly available offline dictionaries, but I haven't really been able to find a clear answer and trying to figure out how to do anything ebook-related on my phone (NOT my preferred reading device) makes me cranky.

It looks like Moon+ Reader and ABBYY Lingvo Dictionaries might be exactly what I'm looking for, but I can't tell without buying them, so I thought I'd ask if anyone else has successfully used this combo. The ABBYY reviews look like they are expensive if you want to buy the more "advanced" dictionaries and the software may be pretty glitchy.

This is driving me up the wall--it seems like such an incredibly obvious and useful function of ereaders, I'd think everyone would have this kind of feature.
Apparently today Random House and Penguin have merged... they will now be called "Penguin Random House".

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The Kobo Mini is on sale until July 18, for $40+shipping.
  • 5" touchscreen (smaller than most ereaders)
  • 1GB user-available storage
  • Available in black or white
  • 8 font styles with 24 font sizes
  • EPUB, PDF, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, TXT, (X)HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR
  • Pearl E-Ink screen (long battery life, B&W only)
  • Various cloud and internet features that I know nothing about
Technical specs

I've ordered one. I'll post a review when it shows up. This may be the ereader I've been waiting for. (Well, except for touchscreen, which I don't like, but for $40 I'm certainly willing to give it a try.)

ETA: Kobo apparently has problems with double-billing; I checked my purchase, which had an authorization error at first, and sure enough, I've been billed twice. I've sent an email to try to get it fixed; if that doesn't work, I can contact my bank to contest the charges. Just a warning for people whose money is tight--if you get an auth error, DO NOT attempt to repeat the purchase right away.
http://www.favecrafts.com/index.php/hct/Latest-Free-eBooks

They must have close to 50 books. Or more. You will have to wade thru the opportunity to get firebombed with spam email, but the fact that I (shudder) actually signed up for their newsletter to get to the index may protect you. Or not you might have to shovel your own way to get books to learn how to knit and sew and make benches all by your self.

Books on making bracelets, gloves, hats, cookbooks, carpentry, jewelry, leather, and a gazillion links.
The process of getting Files that Last up and selling on KDP was a straightforward and quick one. It gave me some experience with preparing a book with tricky formatting, and some notes on this might be useful to others.

I prefer supporting Smashwords to Amazon; Amazon takes a closed-platform approach and encourages DRM in books. Still, lots of people buy through Amazon and I'm not cutting my nose off to spite my face.

Amazon, unlike Smashwords, lets you preview your converted book before publishing it. This is a wonderful thing, and I went through several rounds of formatting. The first time, I uploaded a Word file and discovered some annoying problems, especially with XML formatting. All the monospaced text had been turned into a proportional font, and everything was right-justified. This meant that if a line of code wrapped, it was stretched out with wide spaces to the right margin.

I figured out that the better plan was to save the book as HTML and tweak the CSS. (A basic understanding of HTML and CSS should be part of any self-published e-book author's skill set.) OpenOffice saves a file with lots of CSS markup, without which the effort would have been impossible.

A few changes to the styles produced much better results. Where there was a font declaration of 'font-family: "Courier-new", monospace', I removed the Courier-new reference. It seems to confuse KDP's conversion software. For all styles that applied to computer code, I added 'text-align:left'. For a really big block of computer code, I used <PRE>.

If I'd started with KDP, I would have done a lot more fiddling with the styles, but I might want to update both the Smashwords and KDP editions in the future, so I didn't want the two versions diverging too much.

In setting the foreign-currency prices, I could have opted for automatic conversion from the dollar prices, but this would have led to prices with odd numbers of cents. I figured they'd look more attractive to the buyer if they were all x.99, so I adjusted most of them even if it meant charging a few cents less.

Amazon got back to me the same day with the news that my book was accepted for online sales.
For a while now, Smashwords has been saying on its Channel Manager page: "Smashwords and Amazon are working to complete technical integration." This has delayed the appearance of my book on Amazon. Today I got an email from a moderately well-known writer with strong social media connections, who said she'd like to buy my book and possibly recommend it, but its not being on Amazon is an obstacle. I explained how she can get the book for Kindle from Smashwords, but I'm sure a lot of her readers would rather deal with a direct Amazon purchase. It isn't necessarily better, but it's familiar.

Does anyone know anything more about this situation and when it's likely to be resolved?
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