Cybercrime Officials Shutdown Large eBook Portal, Three Arrested

Three individuals believed to be behind a large illicit eBook portal have been arrested. Lul.to carried an estimated 200,000 titles, including eBooks, audiobooks, and newspapers, each downloadable for a small fee. It claimed to be the largest site of its type in the world. Bitcoin and a large quantity of cash have been seized.

download-keyboardBack in February 2015, German anti-piracy outfit GVU filed a complaint against the operators of large eBook portal Lul.to.

Targeted mainly at the German audience, the site carried around 160,000 eBooks, 28,000 audiobooks, plus newspapers and periodicals. Its motto was “Read and Listen” and claimed to be both the largest German eBook portal and the largest DRM-free platform in the world.

Unlike most file-sharing sites, Lul.to charged around 30,000 customers a small fee to access content, around $0.23 per download. However, all that came to end last week when authorities moved to shut the platform down.

According to the General Prosecutor’s Office, searches in several locations led to the discovery of around 55,000 euros in bitcoin, 100,000 euros in bank deposits, 10,000 euros in cash, plus a “high-quality” motorcycle.

As is often the case following significant action, the site has been completely taken down and now displays the following seizure notice.

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Authorities report that three people were arrested and are being detained while investigations continue.

It is not yet clear how many times the site’s books were downloaded by users but investigators believe that the retail value of the content offered on the site was around 392,000 euros. By volume, investigators seized more than 11 terabytes of data.

The German Publishers & Booksellers Association welcomed the shutdown of the platform.

“Intervening against lul.to is an important success in the fight against Internet piracy. By blocking one of the largest illegal providers for e-books and audiobooks, many publishers and retailers can breathe,” said CEO Alexander Skipis.

“Piracy is not an excusable offense, it’s the theft of intellectual property, which is the basis for the work of authors, publishers, and bookshops. Portals like lul.to harm the media market massively. The success of the investigation is another example of the fact that such illegal models ultimately can not hold up.”

Last week in a separate case in Denmark, three men aged between 26 and 71-years-old were handed suspended sentences for offering subscription access to around 198 pirate textbooks.

Author: Andy
Twitter: @torrentfreak
Source: https://torrentfreak.com

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Moving Your E-Books to a New E-Reader

Q. My old Nook e-reader died. Did all the books I purchased on it go with it? Can I get the books again on a new Nook?

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Once installed, the Nook mobile app displays the library of previously purchased e-books that can be downloaded to the new device. Credit The New York Times

A. The demise of your Nook hardware does not mean that the e-books you purchased from Barnes & Noble’s online store are lost forever. Like other e-book shops (including those for the Amazon’s Kindle, Apple’s iBooks app and the Kobo eReader), the titles you purchased are connected to your account with the company — and not tied to any particular device.

When you purchase a new tablet or e-reader and set it up for the first time, log in with the old username and password you used on the previous device. Once you have logged in on the new screen, you should see the list of titles you previously purchased with the account. If you wish, you can download each book again to keep on the new gadget.

Keep in mind that files not stored in your online account — like documents you copied manually from the computer or had stored locally on a microSD card — will need to be recopied (or the memory card moved) to the new device.

Barnes & Noble sells a variety of Nook-branded devices on its website and in its stores, including a $50 basic color tablet model with a seven-inch screen, several Galaxy Tab Nooks made by Samsung and a traditional e-reader with the monochrome screen. The company also makes free mobile reading apps that you can download and use to read your Nook books on Android, iOS and Windows hardware.

Author: J. D. Biersdorfer
Twitter: @jdbiersdorfer
Source: https://www.nytimes.com

Don Foxe’s Japanese poetry reach the top spot on an Amazon’s list of Top 100 e-Books

donfoxIn June 2017, Bluffton resident Don Foxe saw his second collection of Japanese poetry reach the top spot on an Amazon’s list of Top 100 e-Books, by category. Foxe wrote “Haiku Seishin” with Melissa Dolber Grappone of New York and fifth grade students from East Granby, Conn. The collection of exchanges between the authors and the students is a follow up to the release of “Seasons of Henka Suru,” his first collection of poems. The students used Foxe’s first book as their poetry study guide. They contacted the author, and the book that resulted is a collection of their haiku exchanges with Foxe.

Don Foxe has lived in Bluffton since 2000. He and his wife Sarah own Beach City Health and Fitness on Hilton Head Island. Foxe is a member of the Academy of American Poets and The Southern Independent Book Sellers. He is also the author of the science fiction series Space Fleet Sagas.

When asked about haiku, he said, “I began writing seriously in college, even having a few poems published in established literary magazines. Learning about haiku, the way writing a haiku poem forces you to see things differently, and present what you see in words designed to create an emotional response, made me a better writer regardless of the genre.”

Haiku Seishin (Spirit of Haiku) includes a short story to introduce haiku, as well as a complete workbook for anyone interested in learning how to write haiku poetry.

It is available as an ebook or paperback through Amazon Books / Don Foxe or donfoxe.com.

Author: Editor by Hilton Head Monthly
Twitter: @hhmonthly
Source: http://www.hiltonheadmonthly.com