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TOP 10 ebook sites
(updated April 4, 04)
1. FictionWise,
multi formats one stop shopping site, include non fiction and exclusive short fictions.
2. BlackMask, the best free ebook site in several formats.
3. PeanutPress, award winning ebook store for PDA, friendly DRM solutions.
4. Execubook, eSummaries that deliver wisdom. Perfect for PDA users.
5. eBookAd, many indies label are here
6. Univ. of Virginia Library, Free ebooks
7. FreeeLiterature dot com, classics for free
8. Memoware, free documents from volunteers.

9. ESSPC, great place to start your collection (Free)
10.The Online Book Page, from U.Penn.

5 Recommended eBooks from my ebook shelf
(April 04)
(email me for 10% off coupon)

1. Don't Know Much About History
2. Dirty Little Secrets
3. Killing The Buddha
4. The Get With the Program! Guide to Fast Food and Family Restaurants
5. Flirt Coach

Pocket PC eBooks
Bestseller List
(Jan-Mar 04)

1. Star Trek Series
2. Angels and Demons
3. Holly Bible NIV ed.
4. The Da Vinci Code
5. Deception Points
6. Letters to Penthouse XIX
7. Letters to Penthouse XVIII
8. Resolutions
9. 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom
10. Against All Enemies


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Sony's Death Grip
Sony Entertainment's Japanese division announced a new digital rights package called "Label Gate," which would restrict the ways that pre-recorded CDs could be copied. The music companies, scrambling to explain a multi-year slump in record sales, are pointing to an easy target -- piraters. But recording restrictors such as Label Gate are more likely to aggravate legitimate customers than help sales.
The sorts of problems associated with this type of approach are legion. First off, to be able to save the audio tracks on your PC, you have to register online. You are allowed to decode the tracks and save them once. If your PC crashes; if your spouse or child accidentally deletes the tracks; or even if you have more than one PC, you have to pay again to "unlock" the tracks. Worse still, you don't have the option of just buying the tracks you want -- you have to buy them all, at $1.64 apiece. For the average CD containing 12 tracks, that comes to $19.68. Yes, you pay again for a CD you already own.
Second, suppose you have a portable audio device, such as a Nomad or an iPod, and you want to listen to the music there. If you have a PC, then you may be in luck. Mac and Linux users have no recourse, as the CD won't even play in their computers to begin with. The PC user can use the Sony software, register the CD, and save the song files, but they can only be played back via the Sony software. Sony claims you can copy the files to audio devices that comply with the OpenMG DRM technology, but which devices comply and how this is accomplished are unclear. Discuss this at Pocket PC Thoughts

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