Sunday, July 26, 2015

How to Load e-Books on the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3


One of the most common questions we get on Good e-Reader is how to load e-books on the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3. The vast majority of users simply use Windows Explorer to copy and paste content, but this method does not offer much flexibility. Today, we show you how to use Calibre, Dropbox, and Kindle Documents Manager.

Calibre is a free download and it is a very powerful tool for people who want maximize freedom to craft their own experience.  This software allows you to convert e-books from one format to another and also change the author, book title and virtually all other metadata.

Kindle Documents Manager simply allows you to email books to your Kindle from Outlook, Thunder Bird or any other email client such as Yahoo or Hotmail.

Dropbox is fairly popular and you can upload any e-books from your PC or MAC directly to your cloud account. Once uploading is complete you can use your Kindle Experimental Browser to access any of the books you have stored.

Audible Launches Subscription Audiobook Service in Japan


Audible has just entered the Japanese market with a subscription based system that allows you to listen to unlimited amount of audiobooks for  1,500 yen per month. If you are on the fence and not sure if this service is for you there is an initial 30-day free trial period.

There are two thousand audiobooks in Japanese that are available right now and Audible plans to boost that figure by this fall to more than 10,000 titles, including novels, business books, recorded storytelling performances and works from other genres.  You can listen to as many audio editions as you want, as long as your smartphone or tablet is running Android or iOS.

It is important to note that Audible is doing something truly unique in Japan that should help it surpass local competition, such as Tokyo-based Otobank. They are offering an all you can eat subscription service, which is a stark contrast to their North American and UK business model which merely offers a book of the month type club.

via AsiaOne

eBook Piracy Virtually Nonexistent in the UK


The vast majority of UK residents have never pirated an e-book. There are so many options now available to legitimately pay for anything you may want or download it for free from the public library or websites such as Project Gutenberg.

The Intellectual Property Office conducted a three month study into the extent of online copyright infringement in the UK. It found that  1% of UK internet users aged 12 and over read "at least some" ebooks illegally. This is a stark contrast to 9% consuming pirated MP3 files and 7% who download the latest Game of Thrones TV episode.

Why is ebook piracy virtually nonexistent in the United Kingdom? The government has taken an extremely hard-line against rogue websites. In June it was mandated that seven pirate websites were to be blocked by the largest internet service providers. There is even a new law currently being examined that would extend the amount of time e-book pirates would spend in jail. Currently the maximum sentence is two years and the government wants to dramatically increase it to ten.

I think it comes down to the simple fact that the ebook market has matured tremendously in the last five years. There are so many options to legitimately consume content. If you are a voracious reader you can subscribe to Scribd and read as much as you want. If you are a casual reader, it doesn’t cost very much to buy something from Amazon.