PDA Fiction

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

15% Off at Memoware PDA Bookstore

Save 15% off any PDABookstore.com premium E-book. Enter the coupon code "PDAMEMO15" in your order form to receive your 15% discount off any of our 18,000 e-books including our best-sellers:

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
In Heat by Leigh Wyndfield
Resolutions by Vanessa Hart
Deception Point by Dan Brown
Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War by Douglas Brinkley
Word Spy by Paul McFedries

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Fictionwise: Free eBooks

Fictionwise leaves Dickens behind in favor of Henry James this week.

Beast in the Jungle by Henry James
Nona Vincent by Henry James
Sir Dominick Ferrand by Henry James

Monday, February 16, 2004

Muletrain to Maggody by Joan Hess

Are you a Joan Hess fan? Do you eagerly await each new Maggody escapade? Then get your beetle-browed, Buchanon butt in gear and get to Fictionwise before 7 AM Tuesday morning, 2/18/04

Muletrain to Maggody has a hefty New Release discount and a Rapid Rebate. Save while you can!

Cory Doctorow's Ebooks: Neither E, Nor Books

Cory Doctorow's very interesting "Ebooks: Neither E, Nor Books" talk given to the O'Reilly Emerging Technologies Conference is now available on-line at his blog.

It is well worth a read, if you are even mildly interested in ebooks, copyright, and the public domain.

Since I agree with just about everything he has to say, it seems very well-thought out and argued to me :-)


Sunday, February 15, 2004

Palm Downloads From Overdrive

If you want to simply download the free Palm Reader and not Palm Reader Pro, it looks like Overdrive is still offering Palm Reader v1.2.9 for the Palm and v1.3.4 for the PocketPC as well as the desktop versions for Palm and Mac

Actions of Joyce estate highlight problems with copyright law

What's wrong with extending copyright protection? Consider this example: "According to an article in the Irish Times the Joyce estate has informed the Irish government that it intends to sue for copyright infringement if there are any public readings of Joyce's works during the festival commemorating the 100th anniversary of Bloomsday this June.

"James Joyce died in 1941 and the copyright in his work expired in 1991. Then the EU extended terms to life+70 years, and the work went back into copyright in July 1995. "

Yeah - we certainly wouldn't want to encourage the reading of Ulysses on Bloomsday.

FAQ: How Can I Tell Whether a Book Can Go Online?

Here's the answer to all your copyright questions, courtesy of John Mark Ockerbloom from U Penn


Or, you can use this simple quiz to skip all the legal terms:

If you live in the USA, ask yourself this question: "Do I want to read this book?"

If the answer is "Yes," then the book is still copyrighted.

If the answer is, "Maybe," then the book is still copyrighted.

If the answer is, "No," then the book is ... probably still copyrighted.

... you thought I was going to say 'Public Domain,' didn't you? No - even if you don't want to read the book, and you live in the USA, you must pay the Walt Disney Corporation something. That's fair, isn't it?

If you think not, perhaps you should do something about it. Check out the Opposing Copyright Extension Homepage

It's just scary to live in a country where George W Bush, Jack Valenti, and Mary Bono have so much say over what you read. (Do any of them read? Can any of them read?)

Friday, February 13, 2004

USA Bullies Australia on Copyright Terms

I found this at Teleread: "U.S. copyright thugs bully Aussies, threaten Australian Gutenberg with longer copyright terms" The article, despite the usual Teleread hyperbole, is worrisome.

"He [Australian National University law lecturer Matthew Rimmer] said Project Guttenberg Australia, an online respository of public domain works, was likely to be among the first to suffer." Grab those Gutenberg Australia books before they disappear!

Today's Free Palm Digital Media Classic: Anna Karenina

PDM has its shortest description for its longest book, Anna Karenina: "A classic tale of love and adultery set against the backdrop of late nineteenth century high society in Moscow and Saint Petersburg."

Not a very good description, either.

Much better is Tolstoy's opening sentence: "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." This is a great book - download it!


Thursday, February 12, 2004

Palm Digital Media: All this week's FREE ebooks

Thanks to Paul for this information!

Don't know how long this link will be good - but Palm lists all the ebooks they are giving away free as part of their Valentines celebration.

And look - Anna Karenina is included. Finally, there really is a book I enjoy! (over 900 KB - make sure you have room)


Free from Palm Digital Media: Pride and Prejudice

Today's free "romance" from PDM is Pride & Prejudice.

I forgot to check yesterday - it was probably the only book they'll ever give away that I actually want to read.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Ethan Frome Free Today at PDM

Edith Wharton fans rejoice! Palm Digital Media has Ethan Fromme for free today, Tuesday, 2/9/04

Everyone else who was forced to read this book in 10th Grade and who would seriously consider blinding themselves before reading it again, wander on over the the University of Adelaide's On Line Library and consider all the Virginia Woolf and Scott Fitzgerald novels available in the public domain in Australia. Or maybe George Orwell, what with the political season upon us in the USA.

MemoWare PDA Bookstore

It looks like Memoware has paired with Fictionwise to sell Ebooks. You can still get Micropay rebates when you buy at Memoware, though who knows if they will be credited to your Fictionwise account. It would be very annoying to have two Micropay accounts.

On first glance, it doesn't seem that Memoware has added anything to the regular Fictionwise content - they've just expanded what's available at Memoware.

Monday, February 09, 2004

Palm Digital Media Free Books

PDM seems to have gotten bored with their "Monday Funday" promotion already. Which is just as well, since it was idiotic.

Now they are giving away a new book every day this week, starting with Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet -- available today, Monday, 2/9/04 only

Hurry and grab a copy before the US Congress extends the copyright laws to cover writers dead for 400 years.

Fictionwise: This Week's Free Books

It's possible that Fictionwise will eventually give away books by someone other than Charles Dickens and O Henry - this week they toss in a Thomas Hardy - but don't hold your breath

This week, it's:

The Trimmed Lamp, and Other Stories of the Four Million by O. Henry
A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy
Mrs. Lirriper's Lodgings by Charles Dickens

20% Off New Sena Cases

If you want to spends lots of money on a really nice case for your Palm Tungsten T3 or your iPAQ 43XX, 41XX and Axim X3, but don't want to spend lots and lots of money - Sena is offering a 20% discount on pre-orders of its latest cases.

They look really nice - sort of Vaja at half ther price. Only the cases marked "new" carry the discount.

Saturday, February 07, 2004

Project Gutenberg 'Best Of' CD: Download

Do you have a fast internet connection and a CD burner? If so, you can download a large chunk of the Project Gutenberg archives.

If you have a DVD burner, you can get even more with the 9500 ebook DVD image.

All free - http://gutenberg.net/cdproject/download.html

Keep in mind that these are LARGE files. The zipped version of the CD ISO is over 375 MB. If you don't have broadband, be prepared to dedicate the rest of your life to this download.

I found it alot easier to FTP the files using WS-FTP. If you can't get the HTML link to work, try opening an FTP program and using this address: ftp.ibiblio.org

Log in anonymously.

Then navigate through the folders to : /pub/docs/books/gutenberg/cdimages/PG2003-08.zip

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Laurie R. King's Keeping Watch

Are you a Laurie King fan (I am)? This isn't a Kate Martinelli book, alsas - but Palm Digital Media has a great price on King's Keeping Watch: $3.99 this weekend only.


And don't forget the Promo Code for another 10% discount

As PDM says:

Promo Code
Punch in this week's Promo Code RAWBONES to receive a 10% discount off each book that you purchase. Offer good through February 10, 2004 on all books priced more than $3.00. Cannot be used in conjunction with other special offers.

Monday, February 02, 2004

This Week's Free Classics from Fictionwise

It looks like it's Dickens week at Fictionwise

Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens
The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens
Master Humphrey's Clock by Charles Dickens

It's still better than the dumb contests at Palm Digital Media