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Tor's starting an ebook of the month club, and if you sign up for their newsletter before August 7th, you can download Jo Walton's The Just City for free in epub or mobi, DRM-free.*

*Offer available only to those in the US and Canada.

Nine free novels and novellas! All you need is an email address, and you can get a DRM-free epub, mobi, or pdf sent to you.

Sweet Disorder, by Rose Lerner
Talk Sweetly to Me, by Courtney Milan
Rise of a Queen, by Chanta Rand
Be Not Afraid, by Alyssa Cole
The Hidden Blade, by Sherry Thomas
The Lawyer's Luck, by Piper Huguley
How to Catch a Wild Viscount, by Tessa Dare
Star Dust, by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner

If you don't know where to start, I can recommend Lerner and Milan. They're two of my favorite romance writers.
Heads up, m/m fans. Jordan Castillo Price is, for a limited time, giving away the first book in her Mnevermind series, The Persistence of Memory, for free!

It's available at Smashwords, which is my favorite place for ebooks because they're always DRM-free and come in a variety of formats, but also Kobo, Amazon, and iTunes.
I've noticed that odd things are happening with the prices on Amazon with regards to ebooks.

I thought hey! I should finally read the Vorkosigan Saga! So I went on Amazon, searched for Bujold and scrolled down the list of books.
Shards of Honor $6.99
6.99! not bad! I should buy that! I click the link and
Shards of Honor $8.74
8.74. That's more. Actually that's quite a lot more. :(

I do some more poking around. And it's everywhere. All english language ebooks for all authors. 25% price increase between initially listed price and what it actually costs.

Worth noting at this point is that I'm in Sweden. And since there is no such thing as amazon.se I'm buying from amazon.com and see all the prices in USD. Which I've been doing for years without issues (except for the occasional 'this title is not available in your country' which makes me sad).

I've been trying to google about this issue and all I could find was that, yes, ebooks costs different in different countries. Which I knew. But I did not find anything about Amazon being this blatant about showing me a cheaper price which I am not actually allowed to buy books for!

Also, I've been trying to remember earlier books I've bought and I think I've mostly been paying the same amount for ebooks as everyone else just going on internet comments and so on. Not this 25% more for every book all the time. I'm pretty sure I would have noticed that earlier considering I usually look around before I buy a book.

Anyone have any idea what's going on?
Hey everyone, I was wondering if any of you have hacked a Kobo Glo?

I am a little frustrated that the browser that comes with the Kobo is so slow - I mean, better than none! But right now what I do is browse for fics on the computer or phone, and then start the Kobo Glo browser, whose homepage I have set for http://archiveofourown.org/works/, then I enter the number of the fic I want, hit the download, et voilà. Ten years ago I would've dreamed of a setup this wonderful, but right now, it mostly means I don't bother switching from my phone to the e-reader unless the fic is well above 30k, which obviously is bad both from an eye-health point of view and from an energy consumption point of view.

So, android hacking a Kobo, yay/nay? Does it make the browsing faster? Does it have any benefits at all? Or is there another browser out there that's better than what comes with the Glo? Any tips or tricks would be appreciated.

ETA: to clarify - I'm not looking for instructions on how to hack the device, I'm sure I can find them (though if you have a rec, by all means tell me). I'm more interested in finding out if it's worth it to hack the Kobo if 99.9% of the time I use it I'm reading AO3 epubs.

ETA2: I just updated my Kobo to the newest firmware and it's now significantly faster during scrolling, so that solved that problem. If you've not updated the firmware in a while, I highly recommend it.
What are my options for reading PDFs on a mobile device if they're formatted for something like 8.5"x11" or thereabouts pages? (I read a lot of indie RPGs.) My Kindle DX died and since it's been years, I thought I'd look into other options? I do have an iPad so if that's the best option I'll go with it (app recs appreciated), but (a) the battery life seems kind of short and (b) I have to fight over it with my other family members. :)
For those of us with Kobos, I've put together a guide on how to increase the storage space on 'em. It's mostly geared towards the Kobo Mini, but I'm told it's basically the same with all of them.

Tahdah! Link goes to my blog.

My method uses 100% free software: any cost comes from getting a new SD card. My total cost was £15, which included a new micro SD, a set of tiny screwdrivers and a micro SD converter.
Hi guys,

I've been unable to receive by e-mail any .mobi files (like AO3 ones) I've sent to my old Kindle (2nd generation, non-tactile one) since yesterday. I can read them fine if I transfer them via USB.
Support told me .mobi wasn't a format supported by email sending and conversion, which I know is not true since this is in the user guide and the error mails I get tells me the personal document service supports mobi books. Also I've been doing it for three years.

Edit: now they're telling me it can sometimes fail with this format and that it's not 'officially' supported... Never mind that it's always worked for me.

Edit2: seeing as I've able to send .mobi files from other websites this might be a weird AO3 issue.

Have you had or are you having this problem too? (and to clarify I'm not looking for alternative solutions)

Edit3: AO3 issue due to some changes Amazon made.
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

Seven sweet literary works. Humble eBook Bundle 3 features six novel works of prose from respected authors. Name your price for Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black, Jumper by Steven Gould, The Happiest Days of Our Lives by Wil Wheaton, and Zombies Versus Unicorns - An Anthology edited by Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier. Pay more than the average and you'll also receive Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and Mogworld by Yahtzee Croshaw!

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

Pay what you want. Separately, this anthology of literary greatness would typically cost you more than $75, but we're letting you set the price!

Compatible with computers and mobile devices. These books are available in multiple formats including PDF, MOBI, and ePub, so they work great on your computer, eBook readers, and a wide array of mobile devices! Full viewing instructions can be found here. Please note that this is the digital debut for some of these great titles, and if you're having any viewing or usability issues, please let us know through our email form!

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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.
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