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Ebooks are protected by the Digital Milenium Copyright Act (DMCA), so you are only legally able to do what the DRM allows. Most of it depends upon the company who sells the ebook, and the publisher. If you are allowed to sign on to multiple readers with the same account. As long as the terms of whoever the account is with allow you to share accounts. ...


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Just like buying a hardcover version doesn't let you also take a paperback from the store, no, having a print version does not entitle you to a complimentary ebook version, though some publishers will offer that when you buy from their websites.


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This is not legal advice, but the answer to your question is almost always no. In general, it is illegal to sell a copy (physical or electronic) of a book if you are also keeping a copy. Say you own a physical copy of a book. You can sell that copy, but you generally cannot sell an electronic copy, regardless of whether you keep the physical copy. This is ...


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There are a couple of key legal differences between print books and ebooks: First, ebooks generally are not purchased, they are licensed. If you "buy" an ebook from Amazon, you don't actually own it--you're just allowed to use it. Second, there's the First Sale Doctrine. This is what allows owners to sell print books when they're done with them. At present, ...


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That would depend on the publisher. They are not required to provide an electronic version of the book but some do it to help sell the title. Usually you can check the copyright page in some and will have the last page at the end of the book that tells you it is included. What you are asking is a selling feature of the book and some publishers even go ...


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According to this article, never. "Sony will not be offering the Reader PRS-T3 in the United States. In response to the region’s market changes, Sony will be focusing instead on mobile and tablet devices, including the Xperia Tablet Z and Xperia Z smartphone. Digital reading and eBooks remain an important priority for Sony. Reader Store will still help ...


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I can answer in regards to the Los Angeles City public libraries, and I suspect that many libraries in the United States use the same system. They have a dedicated page explaining the e-media options available to their members. From this page it seems that there are quite a few companies/subcontracters that they use to handle the transfer of ebooks from the ...


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If you want to digitize it yourself, you absolutely can under the First Sale Doctrine, provided that you own the copy of the books. I digitize books, so this actually wouldn't be daunting. At this point, however, I haven't started digitizing personal books yet. Yet. I use free, open source tools to process ebooks from digitized books: Homer (sorts pages and ...


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Assuming the US Citizen is in the US then almost always yes it is illegal. Downloading a copy for personal use to an ebook device while in the US Yes the US copyright law prohibits the downloading of works that are protected by copyright in the US from foreign servers that do not have permission to distribute the copyright protected material in the US. ...


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One ebook publisher, O'Reilly, explicitly states their rules in their terms and conditions. http://shop.oreilly.com/category/customer-service/ebooks.do You can legally lend, resell or give away your O'Reilly ebook, as long as you don't retain a copy of it.


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…is there a resource that describes typical rights? Yep, it's called *“copyright” law. Every country has one, including the United States. That law draws the framework of "typical" rights and obligations for all parties involved. Yet, most of the time, that's not where it stops since authors and publishers will protect some of their rights based on those ...


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If you own a Kindle e-reader AND if you pay the $79 annual fee for PRIME ("free" shipping) at amazon.com, you can make use of the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. There are currently 476,987 titles in the Lending Library — each month you can check out one of these books. (This is how I read Catching Fire, book 2 of the Hunger Games trilogy, last year.) On ...


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It depends on your locale, as others said. A small library in Armpit, NW may not have that ability. New York Public Library (one of the premier ones) most certainly does: http://ebooks.nypl.org/ http://www.nypl.org/ebooks - explains their book sources (including Overdrive - same as London - as well as TumbleBook, 3M Cloud etc..) http://www.nypl.org/ask-nypl/...


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A print book is a physical object, if I give it to you, I will be left without any book. An ebook is a file, not a physical object, and if I give it to you, I still can keep it for myself as well; to copy a file does not require to delete the original one, unless I explicitly want to do so. It is easy to see that if I buy a printed book and give it to you, ...


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An e-book is basically made of 2 things, that both have copyrights associated: The content of the book The edition of the book The former is the work of the author to write the text. The latter is the work of the editor to turn the text into a presentable file. A paper book is the same thing, plus a physical support, which have an intrinsic value due to ...


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This is maybe not what you are looking for, but although the PRS-T3 is currently not be sold in the US, you can always buy it from the USA. This works the other way around as well: I got my PRS-700 from the USA in Nov. 2008, as it was not available in Europe. Take care which shops you try. SONY's online shop and other online shops that are operating in the ...


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The county library for Portland Oregon offers Hoopla for streaming media as well as 3M Digital Library and Overdrive for ebooks. But, then, we love our libraries!


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I live in the USA. Several places I've lived offer free access to ebooks from local libraries. A common way seems to be through using Adobe Digital Editions. This program does the following: You pair it with your ebook-reading device on your local computer. The program checks the book out from the library in your name. The program puts it on your ebook-...


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Sony is leaving the e-book market outside Japan. You can use a forwarder in Japan to purchase one directly from Sony. There are also several site specialized in purchasing and shipping Japanese goods to foreign countries.


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eBooks are not protected by the DMCA. All eBooks are protected by copyright law; eBooks with copy protection (DRM) are in addition copied by the DMCA. eBooks usually come with a license that will often allow you to do things that go beyond copyright law; copy protection may prevent you from doing things that either copyright law or license would allow to do ...


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