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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 2:48:55 PM PDT
K. Rowley says:
"I am serious as a heart attack, I have not received an answer that tells me how I find out the number of books sold?"

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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 10:52:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 2, 2012 10:55:01 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Ummm, I might have confused the poster whom I originally asked about dog ears and coffee stains...

Anyway, technical questions still stand. Also the fact that publishers want it this way, which is their right.

Granted, for you as a content rights holder, the present situation leaves only two choices if you wish to publish digitally: go with the flow or publish your works unencumbered with DRM.

Actually, it just occurred to me that Amazon *does* have programs that make a step in the direction of your ideas: lending (in all three forms - user to user, KOLL and public library) and textbook renting. Of these, user to user lending is most similar, technically, to your license transfer.

I am not American, so I have no access to any of these programs. Bruce and others, if you have a book on three Kindles in "radio silence", and lend it to another user, how it is ensured that you don't have access to it during the two weeks lending period?

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 6:44:07 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2012 6:45:13 AM PDT
Travis: It isn't Amazon, it's the entire industry. And it's the law. You don't have to like it, but it is not going to change because you disagree. And the person to write is your congressman, not Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2012 6:55:06 AM PDT
King Al says:
It's not a fraud. You agreed to these terms when you "purchased" each ebook.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 6:59:36 AM PDT
Dave Jensen says:
I am struggling to learn how to share my books with my daughter is there a tutorial?

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 7:05:49 AM PDT
Although it may not answer the original question, I came up with a creative, legal way to add value to the Kindle Fire which I recently sold by including an extensive library of classic, public domain books which I had previously downloaded for my own library.

All were properly formatted, organized and sorted, including complete metadata and covers which I had downloaded through Calibre. The buyer was delighted to have such an extensive starter library, appreciated the effort I'd gone through to collect them and paid my full asking price, which was enough to fully cover the cost of my new Nexus 7.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2012 7:18:20 AM PDT
Mary Jane says:
The easiest way to share Kindle books is to have both your Kindle and your daughter's Kindle registered to the same account. All Kindles registered to the same account have access to all books purchased through that account.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2012 8:25:32 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
"I would like to..."

And, or course, the world must stop and rearrange itself according to what you would like to.

If you don't like Amazon's content license and terms of services, don't use those services. It's not like they are essential. If you find another vendor with more user-friendly terms, by all means switch to it (and tell us about it).

"everyone should quit trying to use grammatical gymnastics and symantics to support this amazon fraud"

Try to explain to your landlord that his disagreement with your attempt to sub-let or sell the apartment you are renting is just grammatical gymnastics.

BTW "semantics" means "meaning" - yes, there is difference in meaning between selling and licensing.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2012 8:30:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 25, 2012 8:33:30 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
No need for tutorial, Dave.

The best and easiest way is to have all Kindles in your family registered to the same account. Then you will all have access to all the books bought from that account - the new book will initially be downloaded to the device from which it was bought (or the one selected during 1-click purchase from the web); all others will see it in their Archive/cloud; tap/click on it, and it is downloaded and open. As many Kindles as you wish can be on one account, and any given book can usually be read on six of them simultaneously.

If you already have separate accounts with books bought from both*, you can either "account hop" (change registration of your kindle back and forth), or try lending books. This can be done only if the publisher allows it, once only, for a fortnight. More about that on

*) Accounts cannot be "consolidated".

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 6:35:55 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2012 6:46:29 AM PDT
C. Eikanger says:
Please cite your source of that EU ruling. Also note that Kindle books are not "software", they are not "programs", they are "digital media", just as music is, and I seriously doubt that the EU is saying that downloaded digital media, books and music can be sold. I'm guessing only "software".

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2012 7:01:02 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Books are not software.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2012 7:14:52 AM PDT
C. Eikanger says:
I just had a horrible thought! What is to prevent someone from selling and re-selling the same software over and over? How can one PROVE they deleted it from their hard drive? What is to prevent them from downloading a program from torrent and selling? That EU ruling, if it exists, can't possibly have foreseen that there will be greedy people who will take advantage of the system and milk it for all they can get away with. :(

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2012 7:23:32 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
A lot of software today cannot be used until you register it over the internet. That is how Microsoft keeps tracking of how many PC's you install their software on. Usually you are okay with 3 installs then you can't install it without calling them and jumping through hoops.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2012 7:48:38 AM PDT
Even if there was a way to check to be sure it has been "removed from the hard drive",what's to stop someone from removing it after copying it to a flash drive?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2012 7:55:29 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2012 7:57:17 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
DRM system cold quite easily be extended to cover transfer of license, but then these same people would cry to high heavens when their device woud refuse to work without connecting periodically so that licenses of all DRM-ed content could be checked, or if Amazon removed a book they no longer own.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2012 8:03:04 AM PDT
C. Eikanger says:
Sadly, it is only illegal if you get caught. And with piracy running rampant out there, it's pretty clear that people are NOT getting caught that should be. :(

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2012 8:03:18 AM PDT
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Posted on Oct 31, 2012 8:06:17 AM PDT
C. Eikanger says:
Yes, ET has to call home periodically, or the software will shut down. I have a program like that. It has to connect to the license server at least once every 90 days, or I have to enter my serial number again. Not good, especially since I use it only rarely to begin with.
But on the other hand, while it is a bit of a frustration, I do not mind, because I understand why it has to be that way.
It's those with no understanding of the piracy problem, or an illegal copy, that are the the ones who scream the loudest.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 8:09:31 AM PDT
"ebooks are software because they are sold with an end-user license."

Incorrect. ebooks are intellectual property covered by copyright law, and therefore may be licensed. So is software. What you said is like saying horses are cows because they eat grass.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2012 8:12:10 AM PDT
C. Eikanger says:
No, software is a specific term for a FUNCTION that it performs... or that it is something that actually performs a function. Having a EULA has nothing to do with whether something is software or not. Many freeware software programs have no EULA, so obviously those are not software, by your definition. There is software, and there is digital media. Books and music are not software, they are digital media. The readers and players are software that reads digital media.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 8:15:10 AM PDT
C. Eikanger says:
A book cannot perform any function on its own. It must be acted on by software. This means that the book itself is NOT software, because software is required to access the book.

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