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Subject: E-BOOKS?
Date Posted: 1/13/2011 7:33 AM ET
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Will you ever be able to provide e-reader books? Don't know how this would be possible, but just hoping.

Date Posted: 1/13/2011 8:10 AM ET
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They don't really read the forums.  So you'd have to use the Contact Us buttons.

But I don't see e-book trading coming to PBS anytime soon because of legal issues. 

Date Posted: 1/13/2011 8:41 AM ET
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I haven't checked them out myself, but I know there are threads in the new ebook fourm for people who want to lend ebooks. 

Date Posted: 1/13/2011 12:47 PM ET
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While some eBook stores and devices have provisions to trade books for a limited period of time, I don't see this site getting into that any time soon. It would be a lot of work to make sure any ebooks posted were in the the Public Domain, or otherwise were free for trade.

(And even with free eBooks, there can be provisions in the work that it not be privately traded, but can be downloaded free from visiting the web site. They're posting the ebooks to get the traffic to their site in some cases, and passing them privately would bypass that. IIRC, Baen books has a ton of free fantasy/scifi, but they ask that people don't host them anywhere else, so people will come to them to get the free books.)

The site could get shut down for hosting copyrighted material and/or allowing their members to trade pirated books.

They have allowed a forum for people who can trade books, because they're in the same network, to get together, a Ronda points out. And there's information about eBook libraries there, and tons of links to free eBooks on the internet. Plus, you can ask eReader questions. Fun place to hang out!

 

Date Posted: 1/13/2011 11:55 PM ET
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I've recently seen a PBS forum for Kindle users, IIRC they are using the 'lend to a friend' option to share books.

Otherwise, at this time it is illegal to transfer ownership of almost all E-books.  So it's doubtful that PBS will include E-books anytime in the near future.

Date Posted: 1/14/2011 12:38 PM ET
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I don't have an ereader-but I've read on here that most can only be lent once for a limited time.  So I don't see it being a viable for credit trade thing through PBS.  I don't see PBS being able to set up for ebook downloading either and still keeping the site free. It could be a way for them to make money though and sell some ebooks.  But then again-the cost of setting up the website to do that might be prohibitive.

Date Posted: 1/14/2011 3:08 PM ET
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It could be a way for them to make money though and sell some ebooks.  But then again-the cost of setting up the website to do that might be prohibitive.

What eBooks would they sell?

There are plenty of sites where you can buy eBooks now, but they all have contracts with the authors on how they split the fees they collect and agreements on who owns the material. And while the site could sell copies of Public Domain books, since they're free for anyone to sell, many books sites are already flooded with copies of PD books. I don't think adding a new version of any of them would make anyone any money.

To set up an on-line eBook store today could work, but it'd have to be done with a deadly serious intent to do it right, with knowledge of how the eBook industry runs, the legal aspects of getting authors to sign up. I just don't see this site going that direction at all, since I think they're plenty busy doing what they're doing now.

 

 

 

Date Posted: 1/17/2011 9:22 PM ET
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Kindle users can just search the book here, click "buy from Amazon" then purchase the ebook from Amazon. Clicking that link also helps PBS. I don't know if they can link to ebook purchases from other sites (and formats) though.

Date Posted: 1/18/2011 8:07 AM ET
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That's why I said it probably wouldn't be worth it for them. They'd have to set up agreements/contracts with various publishers and whatever programs needed for the buyer to read the book.  Then set up whatever is needed to sell ebooks.  I have no idea what that entails. I'm guessing it would probably not be worth it for them to do that. But again, I have no idea what the cost to set something like that up would be.  It's probably not as simple as buying some books wholesale or from remnants dealers and offering them in the kiosk.