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What was the average income from ebooks for independent authors in 2013?

Ebooks have been a boon to independent authors, providing a path to audiences, unmatched in the history of publishing. The field is rather new, and currently there is not even Wikipedia page ...
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How to build an epub starting from a bunch of HTML files?

I have a number of short HTML files (actually they are XHTML) with small problems and answers, which I post on my blog every Sunday, and I'd like to merge some of them in an ebook. I already did it ...
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Are there any open e-book file formats that support statistics gathering?

Are there any open e-book file formats which support gathering of anonymous statistics (e.g. how many times an e-book has been opened) by the content creator? By "support", include both the support ...
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What are advantages of publishing DRM-protected books for an author?

What are advantages of publishing DRM-protected books for an author? Clearly some authors think that there are advantages of using DRM since they publish DRM-protected books, when they have an option ...
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How do I convert an RSS feed's entries into an ebook?

How would I convert an RSS feed into an ebook? I know that calibre can already do this but it is a bit bulky and I don't feel confident writing a recipe in Python to try to do this. I do have access ...
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Is there a way to push epubs to iBookstore moreover using iTunes Producer?

I am wondering if there is an API that will allow me to push epubs, with all the needed meta data, to Apple iTunes/iBookstore. Currently I am using the desktop app iTunes Producer.
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Is “soft DRM” a viable option?

For "soft DRM" I mean a sort of watermark (for example, a section stating "This book has been bought by Jane Doe from ACME Inc") which does not protect the book from being copied but states who is the ...
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Is epub 3 meant to replace epub 2?

Will EPUB 2 remain an active standard now that EPUB 3 is out? More specifically: Should all new EPUB development use EPUB 3 regardless of the target platform (meaning e-ink along with tablet)? Are ...
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This title is not currently available for purchase?

I have been primarily reading eBooks using Play Books on my Android tablet, however today I tried out the Amazon Kindle app and tried to download some of their free eBooks to test it out and compare ...
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How can I validate an epub file?

How can I formally validate the structure of an .epub file and check it for errors?
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How to (easily) get the back cover off a $35 Polaroid PER7021 e-reader?

I have an e-reader I picked up at Big Lots for $35 and it's a great machine, aside from two problems: It eats through batteries when turned off. The battery cover doesn't remove easily without using ...
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Page flipping effect in eBooks

I am new to the world of ebook publishing. I have created an ebook of format .epub and I am wondering what can I do to enable a page flipping effect when user navigates from one page to another, on a ...
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Are there any solar-powered ebook reader?

The power consumption of an e-ink ebook reader is quite low. An average user might need to charge it once a month. Even a very small solar panel should be able to generate enough power for it. Are ...
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How beneficial was the Baen Free Library to Baen publishing?

Did Baen publishing ever release information that quantitatively illustrated whether their business approach of publishing older books for free in Baen Free Library resulted in increased revenue?
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Kindle Touch Battery Replacement

Can I replace the internal battery of my Kindle Touch. How do I go about this? What battery does it use? Where can I find a replacement?
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Is there a good size comparison of which of different e-book formats is smaller?

If I have an option of reading e-books in a range of formats (ebub, mobi, Sony LRF, .lit, rtf, MS Word's .docx, Rocket, Amazon's Kindle format, pdf), which one takes the least amount of space over the ...
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How do I determine the latest firmware version for a Bookeen Odyssey?

When I look at the page for downloading firmware it displays Cybook Odyssey Firmware Update - Version 5.2 (build 1780) Is that the latest release, I red somewhere about version 5.2 build 1894 also....
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When should I completely poweroff an eink device rather than putting it in stand-by?

Given that the technology of eink screens make it so that even during normal usage the power requirement is kept lower than other kind of displays, when it is advisable to completely shut-down the ...
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Is it possible to add a Table of Contents to a CBZ file?

Like the title says, is it possible to add something like a Table of Contents to a .cbz file, maybe as an additional text file used to better navigate the content? And if it is, how should it be ...
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What is the most paper-like display resolution for e-book?

What is the paper-like display resolution for e-book reading? Meaning, the resolution where the text display is 100% indistinguishable to average human with 20/20 vision from a regular paper book. If ...
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What information does B&N collect about my Nook Usage?

My wife and I both have nooks attached to the same account. I have noticed that the when I open up a book that I have been reading on her Nook(usually because I let my battery go dead) that it knows ...
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Changing screensaver images on Bookeen Odyssey

I have tried to figure out how I can chance the screensaver image on by Bookeen Odyssey. The online FAQ says: Select the picture you want to set as screensaver and when the contextual menu appears ...
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Are there studies on the optimal amount of rows/columns per page?

Are there studies on the optimal amount of rows/columns per page as far as usability ease of reading of large ebooks (e.g. hundred+ pages)? I can see at least three distinct factors playing into this ...
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Are there studies on whether reading in landscape or portrait mode is better on smartphone size screen?

Are there studies on the whether it's better to read ebooks in landscape or portrait mode on typical smartphone screen? "Ebook" here implies that the text fills up most of the page with free reflow (e....
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Can books be transferred from Nooks to Kindles and back?

I'm currently using a Nook, but considering switching to Kindle hardware. Is there a simple way to keep books synced across devices, or at least to move purchased ebooks from one to the other?
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What are the advantages, risks and possible disadvantages of buying ebooks with DRM?

What are the advantages, possible drawbacks or potential risks of buying ebooks with DRM (from the readers perspective, compared to non-DRM books)? Is DRM a good or a bad thing for readers? Does ...
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What does the extremely fragile glass do in Kindle3's pearl e-ink display?

I've recently seen two great tutorials that disassemble the Kindle 3 for repairing. One is this great Fix your broken Kindle Keyboard Screen tutorial by ghwhitcher, and the other is the Amazon Kindle ...
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Are Baen eARC editions generally very different from final published books?

eARC ebooks are Baen's business approach to releasing advanced book copy to the readers prior to publishing. An eARC is an electronic Advance Reader Copy. This is an unproofed manuscript and is ...
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How does DRM impact the sales of eBooks?

DRM (Digital rights management) is a somewhat controversial anti-piracy measure. There are strong arguments on both sides of the debate, this question is not about the should/shouldn't debate. It ...
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Is there any open standard for ebook notes format?

Is there any open or semi-open standard for ebook and notes/highlighting storage/format which is used by multiple ebook reader vendors and/or ebook reader software?
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How can I automate the creation of EPUB files from series of existing JPEG photos?

I have multiple sets of JPEG photos (not images/scans of books, but of e.g. my children), that I would like to turn into EPUB files, so I can take them along on my ebook-reader and view them. Are ...
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How can I keep a large number of EPUB files, managed in calibre, “polished”

As described in this answer, you can manually polish EPUB files so they are updated with the metadata you added or changed in calibre, without converting the EPUB files. At least on Linux there is a ...
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Do non-Windows devices have equivalent of ClearType for ebook font rendering?

Cleartype is Microsoft's subpixel rendering technology for improving text clarity. I recall it being used as a selling point for MS Reader and .lit format back when it was introduced. Are similar ...
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Only select from files on SD card in BookEen Odyssey

When I insert a SD card in my Bookeen Odyssey which contain my study Books, the titles show up mixed with my 'pleasure' books on the internal memory of the bookreader. I can add "AA" before the book ...
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Will selling on Amazon significantly limit readership of free ebook?

If an author wants to release a free ebook, how many readers (10%, 75%, ...) is he/she likely to lose by choosing to release only on Amazon and not as a more accessible pdf, html, etc. format and ...
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Screen between 6“ and 9.7”

Are there any ebook readers with electronic paper and screen between 6" and 9.7"? I can find only such with an ordinary laptop-like screen...
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What book collection related features can be useful in an eBook reader app

When choosing an eBook reader application, what are the features that a user should seek for managing a set of book / book collection?
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How to manage translations when self-publishing (in-house translation)?

I intend to publish a book in Kindle in both English and Japanese. Right now, I have the English version written in a Microsoft Word document. I would like to start translating the Japanese version ...
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Kindle paperwhite loses the Wifi connection all the time

I recently purchased an new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite and I wanted to configure the Wifi. My Wifi router hides the SSID (it is not broadcasted) and I am able to connect the Kindle by entering the SSID ...
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What is the most efficient and safest way to remove fingerprints from my Sony PRS-650 Touchscreen Reader?

I prefer to use a dry microfiber cloth to clean my touchscreen, but sometimes you have to scrub pretty hard to remove fingerprints. Is it safe to use a cleaner on the screen or should I use only water ...
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How can I listen to non-Audible audiobooks on my Kindle?

The Kindle has support for audible audiobooks. However, I am wondering if I can listen to audiobooks from other sources such as http://www.audiobooks.com/.
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How can I read notes alongside with text in Kindle readers?

I was given a Kindle e-reader a couple of years ago and, after some hesitation, I've become addicted to it, so that now I have scores and scores of books on my device. Lately I've downloaded a few ...
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Are there any specific features that I should look for in an eBook reading application?

I am a beginner to eBooks, and as somebody who has been "outside" of eBooks I've only ever heard of Amazon's Kindle and seen a variety of options for purchase on Google Play. I have recently ...
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How to change the images displayed when my Kindle Touch is put to sleep?

Whenever I press the power button on my Kindle Touch, an image is displayed on the e-ink screen. The images depict various typographical tools and elements (like a typewriter, etc.). However, it ...
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Are DRM free ebooks considered a better quality ebook? [closed]

Many authors, editors, and publishers appear to feel they should wrap a DRM around their ebook. However, a DRM can be removed from an ebook which appears to only cause an annoyance to the purchaser. ...
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Migration path for Sony PRS-650 notes

I've a Sony PRS-650 with lots of notes (highlighted text in books). Is there any tool which can migrate these notes to other ebook readers' format or is there any other e-book reader which supports ...
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What options do I have for reading eBooks on an Android tablet? [closed]

I have recently purchased an Asus Nexus 7 (2013) and would like to use it for reading. To that end, I have had a look through many of the various applications touting themselves as "eBook readers" on ...
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How can I change color of my e-book?

How can I change the font or background color of my PDF e-book. I use Adobe reader v10 and it has no default option to change this. Is there a way to edit the e-book to change the font or background ...
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How easy is it to add a table of contents to an epub book?

Some text editors (e.g. MS Word, or Atlassian Confluence Wiki editor) make it trivial to add a table of contents to a text that was properly formatted (e.g. has headings/chapter titles), by merely ...
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Is there any advantage apart from more storage space when using a memory card in a book reader

A lot of ebook readers have one or more slots for extra storage in the form of removable media: SD(HC) cards (micro of fullsize), memory sticks, etc. Using an extra card for storage consumes some ...

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