Adding Free Ebooks to the Kobo Reader (or a look at Ebook piracy)


8 comments posted

ePubs have emerged the true winners already, IMO.

I just downloaded 900 books in about 30s (torrent p2p download method) and copied them over onto my kobo.

Boom 900 free books - some old, some new, etc.

Thing is with this - people won't have to decrypt DRM files to make epubs, they can make epubs without the kobo/DRM platform (independently of...) and since kobo reads plain file format ePubs... just makes it too easy.

Not that I condone piracy, but should a DRM downloaded file really cost 10$? I realize the author has to make money, but there is *NO* overhead. No store, no staff to hire, no print even... Maybe the issue is the publishers take most of the authors profits, but I really have no problem doing this.

If I found a photocopied book on the street (public domain, as the internet is) I wouldn't feel guilty taking it home.

Just my two cents, I know ppl disagree.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 12/11/2011 - 15:34
Well the publisher is for

Well the publisher is for sure taking something off the top with these purchases, however saying they are too expensive to buy really robs the author more then anything else.  Yup, epubs can be made without DRM, however I think content providers are worried about protecting revenue.  That being said iTunes has been selling music without DRM on the files for years now and they are still making money...

Posted by tim ribaric on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 14:17
reading free books on Kobo device

This procedure does not work.

Posted by Rick (not verified) on Sat, 09/11/2010 - 12:19
Kobo/Gutenberg ebooks

this does not work for me either. Help!

Posted by Val (not verified) on Sat, 09/10/2011 - 12:10
 I don't know what to tell

 I don't know what to tell you.  I've already loaded and read about a dozen Gutenberg books doing this.  Be sure you're using the epub version of the book and not the txt or html.

Posted by tim ribaric on Sat, 09/11/2010 - 20:10
PS: Just for the heck of it,

PS: Just for the heck of it, I went to the Globe and Mail bestseller list.
I looked for the top 5 items on the list on a pirated content site I know about. Of the top 5 on the G&M Bestsellers list this month, 2 of them are available as ebooks. 4 of them are available as audio books (again, more like music, CDs and all).
2/5 is certainly less than the 100% you'd surely get from the top 5 pop music albums. But I bet higher than you expected. Somewhat higher than _I_ expected, at this still fairly early stage in the ebook adoption curve.
So apparently DRM-craziness has it's limits already.

Posted by Jonathan Rochkind (not verified) on Wed, 07/07/2010 - 19:12
One reason there is so much

One reason there is so much less ebook piracy:  Before the internet even happened, there were a whole bunch of non-DRM'd digital copies of albums already out there in the form of CD, which could be very easily shared.
There are many fewer ebooks out there compared to how many CDs are out there. This will change as ebooks get more popular, I think it's not a question of "if" but "when" ebooks become very popular.
Which is exactly why the book publishers are so concerned with making all of these copies DRM'd copies.  They don't have the "legacy" problem of music publishers, a whole pre-existing business model built on non-DRM'd digital copies that play in an installed base of hardware that doesn't handle DRM (CDs).  So the lesson they draw from this is to prevent that from happening, by making sure all the digital copies that increasingly get out there are DRM'd.
(Of course people CAN scan their own paper books, but an analogy would be people digitizing their own vinyl LPs to pirate. It happens, but if that's what it took for all music piracy, there woudln't be much music piracy).
So I don't see them easily giving this up. What I do see happening is that DRM'd ebooks are going to become increasingly popular, a larger and larger part of the book market. At that point, when they reach critical mass, perhaps people are going to find a way to pirate them anyway (no DRM is all that secure, in the end).  Or perhaps the inconvenience of DRM will make people complain a lot. Either of those things _might_ open up space for a non-DRM ebook market.  But prior to that...  we'll see.

Posted by Jonathan Rochkind (not verified) on Wed, 07/07/2010 - 19:07
The cost of eBooks

I agree with the high cost of eBooks being absurd. I happily sat down at my computer tonight and logged onto Kobo's website and after looking at a few pages and seeing that the average selling price was $10+ dollars I said 'Nope".
I would've been happy to pay 2-5 bucks for books for my daughter but paying the same price as a hardcopy is a no deal for me. That's why I don't buy my kids books right now, because I can't afford them. So I'll stick to the library for now until the prices become more realistic.

Posted by Tom Anderson (not verified) on Sat, 12/01/2012 - 03:55
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