Don’t wait to download your e-book

Dear reader,

Do you buy e-books? And do you pay for them by credit card? If yes and yes, it is wise to download your e-books as soon as you can, and keep them safe somewhere! Read on why, as I found this on “Opposing Views“:

DRM rears its uglymalformedmalignantcross-eyed head again. Despite the fact that, as Cory Doctorow so aptly put it, no one has ever purchased anything because it came with DRM, an ever-slimming number of content providers insist on punishing paying customers with idiotic “anti-piracy” schemes.

Combine this “malware” with digital distribution that sticks the end user with an unfavorable license rather than, say, an actual book, and you’ve got another ready-made disaster. The Consumerist has the details on yet another paying customer dealing with DRM stupidity. It starts off with this physical analogy.

[I]f reader Synimatik had bought a paperback book a few months ago and picked it up to read now, the book’s pages wouldn’t magically glue shut just because the credit card she normally uses at the bookstore has expired.

Obviously, no one would expect a physical book to be subject to the whims of the publisher or the store it was purchased from. A sale is a sale, even if many rights holders would rather it wasn’t. But, Barnes & Noble doesn’t see it that way. Sure, you can buy an ebook from them, but you’d better keep everything in your profile up to date if you plan on accessing your purchases at some undetermined point in the future.

Yesterday, I tried to download an ebook I paid for, and previously put on my Nook, a few months ago. When I tried, I got an error message stating I could not download the book because the credit card on file had expired. But, I already paid for it. Who cares if the credit card is expired? It has long since been paid for, so the status of the card on file has nothing to do with my ability to download said book. I didn’t see anything in the terms of service about this either, but it’s possible I missed it.

This is just one more reason to either not buy ebooks, or strip the drm off of the ones you purchase so you can you the book you BUY on all your devices without having to purchase multiple copies for no reason and have access to something you already bought when you want it.

Read more on  “Opposing Views“.

B&N Announces First Author to Sell a Million eBooks via PubIt

from The Digital Reader by Nate Hoffelder

Remember how Amazon used to make a big deal about the Kindle Millions Club, a group of self-published authors who have each sold more than a million Kindle ebooks? They have not announced any in a while (I guess the novelty wore off), but the idea must still seem fresh and new to B&N.

Barnes & Noble sent out a press release today touting Barbara Freethy as being the first self-published author to sell a million copies of her ebooks via PubIt. Freethy is the author of 31 novels, including the 17 titles from her backlist as well as 3 new works which she has uploaded to sell in the B&N Nook ebookstore.

According to her blog, this milestone comes a few short months after a similar one in the Kindle Store, making this author the first to proclaim achieving the one million mark in both major ebookstores.

Note, though, that Amazon hasn’t announced her induction into the Kindle Millions Club. I guess Amazon lost interest after the first score of authors.

Still, congratulations are in order. Barbara has achieved a goal that many other authors would trade their souls for. Well Done!

B&N Announces First Author to Sell a Million eBooks via PubIt is post from The Digital Reader

B&N goes international

From ShelfAwareness:

B&N’s International Plan: Nook Stores, Distribution Partnerships

Barnes & Noble plans to launch Nook digital bookstores in 10 countries within 12 months, the Bookseller reported, noting that a 10-K form filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission “said the international expansion plans were part of its partnership with Microsoft, announced earlier this year.”

According to the document, B&N is also “exploring opportunities to give consumers outside of the U.S.” access to its Nook products “through potential distribution partnerships yet to be announced. While there can be no assurances, the company intends to have one or more distribution agreements in place to sell Nook devices in certain countries outside the U.S. prior to the 2012 holiday season.”

Barnes & Noble planning to open a Dutch ebook store

via TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics by Paul Biba

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From a Google translation of an article on the Dutch site Ereaders:

The American bookstore chain Barnes & Noble (B & N) plans to deploy a Dutch ebook store to open andstart selling on the Nook-ereader. B & N is in discussion with Central Book House on a link for Dutch digitalbooks to sell. Also state B & N recently registered with the Chamber of Commerce.According to Mathijs Suidman, Manager of Product Management of the Central Book House, B & N as well as other parties such as Apple and Kobo be connected to the Central Book House for the supply ofebooks to sell and provide feedback to publishers. “In the context of the digital platform, we agree the schedule when any party to conclude with the publishers in the focus group. For Nook is still no agreeddate.“

According to an extract from the register of the Chamber of Commerce is Barnes & Noble sinceDecember 20, 2011 registered in the Netherlands. If activity is stated: “The conduct of activities concerning research and development, production, publication, trade, marketing, sales and distribution with respect to, but not limited to, print and digital content, e-readers and other electronic devices and other products and services. “

That Barnes & Noble has international expansion plans, has been known for several months. At first it seemed that the company will mostly focus on Britain would, but now including the Netherlands in the picture. B & N in the Netherlands will compete with other major international party, Kobo, who last week officially opened a Dutch shop and market in cooperation with Libris enters.

Barnes & Noble has an ereader – the Nook Simple Touch – and two 7-inch tablets in the range. The company began in 2009 with the sale of ebooks and ebook readers.

Being Dutch, I had to cross-post this of course.