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Illegal e-books


morddwyd

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Acoording to the Sunday Times, and estimated 20% of e-book downloads are illegal

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16376930 (Under the "Implant Scandal" byline!)

That's quite a proportion and must surely be affecting authors' incomes?

Since e-books also carry VAT can we expect HMRC to be taking more than a passing interest?

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jaraba

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Usually buy my books from local charity shops for 50p/£1 but glad I came accross this post as I was considering buying an ebook reader but if there is this problem with incompatability between formats I don't think I will bother.

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Armchair

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There are conditions to bemet before I'll consider buying one of these readers:-

1) The price of the reader must fall to a reasonable level (ie Below £30).

2) My local library system must offer an extensive range of ebooks for free download.

One question....... What size is a typical ebook file?

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interzone55

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Armchair

An average sized book (400 pages) would be around 5-600kb as an epub or kindle file, Mobi files for compatibility across multiple devices are bigger

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interzone55

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spuds

The EU antitrust proceedings are against Apple's iBooks store

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canarieslover

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Having had a Kindle bought for me as a Christmas present I was quite pleased with it. My sons had put on five books that I have now nearly finished reading so I started searching Amazon for other books that I would like. I soon realised that I could spend a far greater fortune on e-books than I would spend on paper books. My main spend on books is at charity shops and I reckon that was about £120 last year and I also return them once read so that they can continue to get income from them. Apart from that I probably spent another £50 or so on other books. For a total outlay of £170 I had a good years worth of reading matter at a rate of 3 to 4 books a week. To achieve the same amount with a Kindle would be much more than I could possibly afford so I shall still be visiting charity shops for most of my reading. I shall limit the Kindle purchases for holiday reading and to catch up with a lot of the Classics that I haven't already read. Is it any surprise that users are tempted to go the pirate route?

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ton

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What is the difference between a pirate download of an ebook, and a second hand book from wherever?

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Armchair

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alan14

Cheers.

That's a second or two download time. Amazing, but no sale, yet.

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ton

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Armchair

I think you will find that your county library already does ebooks.

I have had several from my library (online).

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Armchair

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ton

I don't think it does. It isn't listed

http://www.durham.gov.uk/Pages/Service.aspx?ServiceId=6194

and I've never seen any reference to it.

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ton

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Armchair

I thought that all county libraries would be similar.

Here is a link to mine http://essex.bookaisle.com/79EA6416-A7A2-4B77-9F8F-8B4B4F60049C/10/259/en/Default.htm

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