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Thursday News: Sony Reader Store closes today in US & Canada,...

The Future of Reader Store in the US & Canada – Just a reminder that for US and Canadian customers, the Sony Reader Store closes permanently today, March 20, at 6 pm EST. If you have a Reader Store account, it will automatically transferred to Kobo, unless you choose to opt out, which you are supposed to be able to do from your existing Sony account. Read the blog post in its entirety for more details, and pertinent links.

Customers don’t have to do anything right now, and will be able to re-download your previously purchased eBooks for a limited time. In late March, we will send an email to registered customers with a link that will allow customers to transfer existing libraries to Kobo. Whether new to Kobo or with an existing account an account, customers will be able to transfer your Reader Store eBooks to your Kobo account so you’ll continue to have access to them in the future. Plus, any existing Reader Store credits in accounts will transfer to a Kobo account to use at the Kobo Store. And of course, customers can continue to use their Sony Reader to read eBooks from Kobo. –Sony Reader Store Blog

Sony Reader PRS-T3 Arrives in the US Days Before Sony Shuts Down the Reader Store – Speaking of Sony, the PRT-T3, Sony’s new e-reading device, has finally become available in the US market (although not sold directly by Sony), just as the Reader Store closes its figurative doors. Should you invest in this new device? A commenter makes an interesting point regarding Sony’s strong compatibility with Calibre, but Nate Hoffelder does not recommend it:

While the PRS-T3 will continue to function after Sony turns off their ebook store, there is little to recommend this device over other models on the market. It’s rather expensive when compared to its competition (Kindle Paperwhite and the Kobo Aura), and aside from some software features there is little to recommend it.

In fact, I can offer at least one point against. The PRS-T3 is using a Pearl E-ink screen, and it has a touchscreen but no frontlight. That makes it a rare beast among ebook readers, and while I don’t care to use a frontlight I would want one just in case. –The Digital Reader

U.S. TV pitchman Trudeau sentenced to 10 years in prison – This is a somewhat odd story, but its also a compelling example of why the Federal Trade Commission is paying attention to books. Kevin Trudeau had settled with the FTC back in 2004, based on accusations that he was “misrepresenting the contents of his books in advertisements.” Trudeau, who was quite famous for his infomercials (he wrote a moderately famous book on so-called “natural cures,” as well). I don’t know if all of his books were self-published, but some certainly were. A jury convicted Trudeau of fraud in November, stemming from an alleged violation of his settlement via the infomercials for his book on weight loss, and this week he was sentenced to ten years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

Trudeau told viewers in the infomercials that the “cure” to obesity was not a diet and did not require exercise, but the book instructed readers to walk an hour each day and to limit intake to 500 calories.

Prosecutors, who said Trudeau’s actions resulted in over $37 million in losses to consumers, had sought at least a 10-year sentence, saying in court papers he was motivated by simple greed and had bilked consumers and defied court orders. –Reuters

Googly Eye Books – All I can say is that if all books were sold with goggly eyes, I’d probably be willing to purchase virtually any title. Sheer genius. –Googly Eye Books Tumblr

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  1. Mike Cane
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 05:53:40

    It’s difficult to feel sorry for Trudeau:

    >>>Jurors convicted Trudeau of criminal contempt in November for defying a 2004 court order barring him from running false ads about the weight-loss book. Despite the order, he aired the infomercials at least 32,000 times, according to prosecutors.

  2. hapax
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 07:53:57

    I have to admit I did the happy dance when I heard that Trudeau was going to jail. His FREE MONEY books were the bane of librarian’s existence (no, the government *ISN’T* giving anybody “free money” — well, not to anybody who doesn’t work for Wall Street) — and his NATURAL CURES book…

    …well, I bought a copy for the library just so I could show everybody who inquired what a rip-off it was. (Diabetes? Heart disease? Cancer? Sure, there’s a “natural cure” for that; and all you have to do is PAY MORE MONEY to enter my registration-only website for me to tell you the same thing your doctor would: eat less, exercise more, don’t smoke, etc.)

    I hope he rots in jail.

  3. Tanya
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 08:02:36

    Seeing Trudeau go to jail had a former colleague and I writing to each other in glee. We had both worked for, and been laid off from, a firm whose owner was a follower of Trudeau and who would rather have cut our salaries and jobs to pay more money to this charlatan.

    Sweet justice, indeed.

  4. MikiS
    Mar 20, 2014 @ 18:07:00

    I’m not sorry to see Trudeau go to jail, but I have to wonder why this guy’s diet book promising “pain-free, fast results” is viewed any differently than 99.7% of all the other crap out there promising the same thing.

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  6. Nialla
    Mar 21, 2014 @ 13:58:30

    @hapax: Those books were definitely the bane of my existence for a time. Everyone wanted to read them, but didn’t want to pay for them (cause it’s supposed to be FREE), so they wanted the library to get them. At which time, they were “checked out eternally” within a month or two. Apparently someone realized nothing is free, except a library book that you don’t return despite repeated calls and letters.

    Thankfully, we now have a collection agency to deal with such jewels of humanity.

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