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What is the difference between giving away my only print copy or my only electronic copy of a book?

The question If a book doesn't have DRM does that mean it is OK to give a copy to my friend to read? has answers implying that without permission there are legal and ethical hurdles in giving away ...
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Dedicated ebook reader?

I'm looking for a device that allows me to read ebooks, but I don't want it to do much, if anything, else. So something that has a dedicated ebook reading design and functionality (so for example not ...
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Are Tor Ebooks DRM Free?

Tor has made a few statements in the past about going DRM Free. Does that carry through to downstream retailers? If I buy a Tor book on Amazon (marketed as a Kindle book) or on Barnes and Noble (...
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Sort/Select chapters/paragraphs by POV

I have often considered (and had suggestions) that it is worth reading some books only reading certain characters Point of Views. Particularly for Epic Fantasy, where there are many many characters. ...
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What is “Read an Ebook Week”?

I was just sitting down to start shopping at Smashwords, and found this listing. A quick look on line seems to indicate this is some kind of world wide deal. What is "Read an Ebook Week"? Where did ...
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AWZ3 conversion not working

I'm attempting to convert a 26 meg AZW3 file to XML or HTML or TXT. I've tried a few online conversion sites, unfortunately they always fail with a very generic error message. I've installed Calibre ...
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What is the formula for converting a 10 digit ISBN to a 13 digit ISBN?

I didn't see this question here yet so I thought I would ask if someone has the formula for converting a 10 digit ISBN to a 13 digit ISBN and vice-versa. I know there are several sites that offer ...
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Can Kindle previewer preview older Kindles?

Can Kindle previewer (from Amazon) preview what a document will look like on older Kindles? Kindle previewer can preview Kindle: Paperwhite Touch fire Kindle for PC or Mac All other Kindle apps ...
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Publishing e-book

I have created an e-book and I would like to publish it. Do I have to contact an authority so I can get the ISBN or it will be automatically assigned from the e-book publisher? What are the steps ...
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Can I copy or publish, text from a website.

Can I copy or publish text—from a website—that is in the public domain? The text was already published as hard cover, in many apps, and as PDF. But never for Kindle (AZW3).
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Should a title have two ISBNs if one is fixed ePub and one is free flowing ePub

Just curious to know if a fixed layout ePub and a free flowing ePub, of the same title and contents, would have to have their own ISBNs based on the different structure type or can a single ISBN be ...
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What is the hidden file .adobe-digital-editions on my Kobo?

What is the hidden folder .adobe-digital-editions on my Kobo? I just did a factory reset, but it is still there. Can I delete this?
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browser tools to test custom viewport sizes?

I'm coding html for ebooks, and my first test is in the Firefox browser. I need a down-and-dirty to simulate and compare web design in different device viewports in both landscape and portrait mode. ...
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How to erase data before selling a Kindle?

I plan to sell my old Kindle Keyboard and I want to erase all the Kindle's data ( my books, my personal info, wi-fi passwords...) before. Is it enough to deregister the Kindle and execute a factory ...
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I have a book written in Word format [duplicate]

There seems to be answers on here for converting .docx books to read on the kindle, but what would I have to do to allow it to be read on more platforms then the kindle? A lot of people I know do not ...
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What was the first book to be published electronically?

If we consider an electronic book to be an non-printed book that is only "readable" via an electronic device. Which book is the first book to be published electronically? According to Wikipedia "The ...
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Testing a reader's EPUB 3.0 support

Users have asked a few good questions about EPUB 3.0 support, like Which ereaders support the EPUB3 format?, Can EPUB 3.0 be viewed on EPUB 2 devices?, and a question about Epub reader limitations. I ...
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Has a real or fictional ebook or ereader, been the title or main focus of a book or movie? [closed]

It is not usual for technology or to play a title role in works of fiction. Air Force One (1997) as an example. I am not looking for work that is both an ebook and a movie. I am looking for ...
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How to change Kindle Windows 8 into a 'normal app'

I read a lot of books on my netbook using Kindle for Windows 8. However, I am often very frustrated that is uses the 'metro' interface which consumes the full screen. I would like to use my Kindle app ...
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PRS-T2 very slow with some PDFs

I have a PRS-T2 and use it a lot. Sometimes I convert documents to PDF in LibreOffice, then upload them to the ereader (using Calibre on a Mac). It works, but quite often turning a page can take ...
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How to filter curse words?

Many of the authors I read, enjoy placing curse words in their books but use them a bit judiciously. In addition, I am not a fan of cursing in general. I am currently filtering out curse words using ...
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Convert PNG to DJVU

How can I convert PNG to DjVu? I only know how to convert JPEG or PPM to DjVu using DjVuLibre. I'm using Windows 8.1.
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Managing Kindle Collections from a computer

I have plenty of e-books on my Kindle (some in the cloud and some in local only) and I created many Collections to classify my books. One silly things I tried first time was to create a folder ...
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When the Sony Reader Store moves to Kobo will Kobo begin showing DRM?

Rather disappointing discovery. I just made my first purchase from the Sony Reader Store https://ebookstore.sony.com because a series of books I was looking for could only be found there without DRM. ...
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how to convert djvu files to some files? and use djvused command [duplicate]

when i use this command: djvused aaa.djvu -e 'select 10; save-page-with b.djvu' output is: D:\Program Files\DjVuLibre>djvused aaa.djvu -e 'select 10; save-page-with b.djvu' Simple DjVu file ...
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What are my options for reading an ebook in the bathtub?

About the only thing I miss about paperback books is reading in the tub. I don't think there are any waterproof ereaders so this is not a shopping question. I have considered using the text to ...
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how to convert djvu files to some files?

I want convert a djvu file to six pages, for example, how to convert a file with 504 pages to 84 files with 6 pages?
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ePubs, PDFs and security

I get eBooks and literature from a variety of places. Mostly legal places, like Amazon - but sometimes from other random places. PDFs are more popular and come with advanced capabilities, like ...
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Format for ebook that contains code

What's a good format for making an ebook that contains code. Is markdown a good option or is there something better available? I may want to convert it to ePub/Mobi and PDF later. Is it a good idea ...
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Can I create my own ebook cloud with Calibre?

I have heard that I can use calibre to create a cloud with all my books, not just ones from a specific vendor. How would I do it?
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Screen protection for eReader

Is it useful or advisable to get screen protection for eReader? Also does anti-reflective layer makes any good or bad difference with the eInk screen?
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Deliver Emailed or Converted Books to Amazon Cloud Reader and PC Reader

I use the Amazon Cloud Reader and PC Reader, but I can only view books purchased through Amazon in them. In fact, it won't let me deliver other books - those I emailed to Amazon for conversion or ...
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Public domain search tools/websites

Is there a united resource or program to search public domain works? By united I mean it searches in more than 1 website for my search term.
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Are there any Ebook libraries in UAE?

Are there any Ebook libraries in UAE or more specifically in Ras Al Khaimah?
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Are there any ebook search engines?

Are there any websites that work like ebook search engines, where you can perform a search over multiple stores and have the results sortable and/or filterable for file format, price, presence of DRM, ...
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How well do ereaders typeset?

There are many aspects to good typesetting, such as picking a good font, kerning, use of ligatures, justification (flushed vs ragged) and hyphenation. Many interesting details can be found in e.g. ...
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Is it advisable to add sound excerpts to an ebook?

As far as I know, many ebook readers may also play music. Does it make sense to create an ebook which contains (internal) link to audio snippets? Does the ePub standard allow it? (snippets would be ...
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What is the most popular font style for ebooks?

I can't even guess at how many font styles might exist, but it is a lot. What are the most communally used fonts in ebooks? Does it vary by language or region?
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What is the most readable font for an ebook?

Occasionally when I download works from Smashwords there are several different fonts used in one work (seen in independent works that have not been professionally edited). This mix match of fonts ...
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High resolution small-size pdf

PDFs on archive.org are in high resolution yet has relatively small size. For example, this book. The book's resolution is 500 ppi and 46 Mb size. What I did was I extract the pages using Adobe ...
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Question about vocabulary used on itunes paid ibook application form

I'm in the process of applying for a paid ibooks account on itunes. I'm new to the publishing scene and was hoping someone could explain some of the vocabulary used in the form. Terms I am unfamiliar ...
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Can custom fonts be embedded in mobi or epub books targeting eink readers?

Assuming that I am targeting non-tablet eBook readers such as Kindle and nook, is it possible to layout a book with some text in the default font of the device and some paragraphs in a special font ...
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Can the sleep timeout be adjusted on Kindle devices?

The seemingly fixed screen timeout on all my Kindle devices has never been an issue for normal reading. If it goes off on me it is usually because I fell asleep myself, so one cannot blame a device ...
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Under what conditions should I apply for ISBN numbers for digital works?

An organization I work with has a few (non English) original works that I will be helping them to publish online and in eBook format. We do hold the publishing rights for these as they are basically ...
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How to tell if a book from Kobo Store has DRM?

When shopping from Kobo Store, how can one determine if a book is encumbered with DRM? And also to determine what kind of DRM is used? I.E., there is an italian publisher called Newton & Compton ...
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How do I get an ISBN?

Given that it is not necessary to have an ISBN if you plan to self-publish an ebook only via Amazon (they use their ASIN), which is the best way to get one, if someone plans to sell his/her book also ...
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Getting a separate page count per chapter

With the ebooks I generate myself (using pandoc), I have a single page count for the entire book. Ebooks that I purchase off the Kobo store have a separate page count for individual chapters, which ...
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Are there any ebook libraries in the UK

Are there any programs that allow library books to be checked out, as ebooks, specifically in UK? NOTE: Based on this meta post and this question, I have created this UK version of the question.
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Are there any Ebook libraries in Canada

Are there any programs that allow library books to be checked out, as ebooks, specifically in Canada? NOTE: Based on this meta post and this question, I have created this Canadian version of the ...
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How do I crop out an image from a pdf file?

I have an android phone and use Adobe Reader to read pdf files. I have a pdf file that has some images that I want to crop out. I have not found a way to do this using Adobe Reader on Android. Is ...

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