This is still a good read for a short flight. Definitely better than the 2-star rating Amazon has for it.
- Paying for material available for free elsewhere.
- Horrible formatting for some devices.
Lots of people download them because they are free and don't care that much about them and are uber-quick to think they are terrible and move on to the next free app. Whereas people who pay are much more interested in what it has to offer, give it more time before they move on etc.
App.net is probably experiencing some of this with their backers. If it were free it would likely have much worse 'reviews' from people. Not that there is anything wrong with the product, just that people who spent $50 are much more likely to give it more than a quick once-over before making up their minds about it.
user: davidw, created: 2016 days ago, karma: 28646
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I really don't mean to be a jerk, but a few quick suggestions:
1. Do a little research before you comment. Check out http://news.ycombinator.com/threads?id=davidw to see that davidw is one of hn's oldest and most respected members.
2. A referral does not necessarily = spam. We love to hear about cool stuff, especially when it was developed by one of us.
3. Language like "downvoted into oblivion" is (a) a lame cliche, (b) an unnecessarily nasty attack, (c) the attitude we're all trying to avoid here on hn, (d) all of the above. Lighten up. Please.
Welcome aboard, pc86. Looking forward to hearing great things from you.
Yeah, you and everyone else. Karma doesn't make someone respected (quite the opposite in some cases), sharing good information does. When you have the space, at least tell us how it works, what the challenges are and how to fix them. Would probably convert better too. Wouldn't be very nice if everyone with a relevant startup and high enough karma would start posting spammy oneliners.
 Example: "Hey, getting x1 and x2 to work correctly is hard. My startup fixes that by doing y1 and y2, using z. I wrote this up on our blog last month, check it out at ..."
Sharing good information often leads to high karma. I'm not sure where you're opposite comment comes from, a quick look at  shows that out of the top 15, I would consider ten very highly respected in the community and people who share good information. The other five names I don't recognize myself, but that certainly doesn't mean that they're not also highly respected or people who share good information.
Well said. I've been keeping an eye on Liberwriter for a long time, and I eventually plan to use it.
Because I'm a long-time member of this community who has a bootstrapped company dealing with Kindle formatting, and because it was appropriate to this thread? People were complaining about the book's formatting.
Honestly, people on this site aren't the target market in any case, as anyone with a bit of tech skills can likely create the correct HTML and XML files, but you never know.
Actual spammers tend to repeat the same thing over and over, as well. I rarely mention LW in my comments here.
David, I suspect many HNers are like me - interested in reading the book, no Kindle. I tried the "Cloud reader" but am stuck giving amazon a valid serial number of the Kindle I don't own.
so, is Google right in telling me you cannot use cloud reader without at least one Kindle purchase? (Have not dared brave the Amazon tech support line)
edit - about third rewrite - cannot make the thing about "please say you are bootstrapping HNer" sound anything other than snarky - apologies.
Perhaps this is a requirement for new accounts?
Disclaimer: I have no skin in the LW game. They're a good service. I would recommend them to anyone who is publishing to Kindle. Saves hours of time and costs very little to use.
The content at that time was luckily quite interesting, but both website appeared to report the same articles. After a week sight seeing on both, I concluded that HN was usually of better quality than reddit. I think that articles on reddit tend to cover more trivial subjects than on HN, making for an easier, more casual reading, which is usually not what I'm looking for.
I want to participate because I would like to be part of a community of 'doers'. And every time I participate and post something, I'm at risk of getting my face slapped and hell-banned by the readers, which makes for a harsh but effective learning experience.
I'm pretty sure I discovered HN as a source in Pulse and found myself hooked on the frequent stories relating to what I would call "real tech", descriptions of actual engineering challenges and solutions.
That's a rare thing as the majority of sites and communities are "passive" in their topics.
It actually took me a while to recognize HN as more than a news feed.
I'm not sure what drove me to actually participate since I generally try to avoid reading, much less posting comments anywhere.
I remember HN was mostly populated by developers and so far I've found what I was looking for: more civility and interesting technical discussions. It caters less directly to my specific interests (I'm a game developer), but I'm still reading.
Why wouldn't new users want to participate here? HN has a fantastic community. What isn't there to like?
If the average new user just started doing what they do on other similar sites, HN wouldn't be a "fantastic community" for long.
But otherwise, I agree with you. Without more context, the comment you are referring really just is spam.
Removing DRM is acceptable for certain personal uses, including, for example, making purchased media usable on your personal hardware.
Depends on the legislation you're in. In Germany it's quite certainly illegal.
> I did. It took about 30 seconds, from downloading the ebook from Amazon, converting it in Calibre, and pushing it to my Nook.
You are a technically savvy user. 99% of normal humans are not.
DRM is a serious issue, even if the book itself is free.
It's considered tortuous infringement (unlawful) in the UK too.
It offers downloading a windows app, no good for linux. It won't let me download unless i have a registered kindle program. Why can't they just let me download the file first? Significantly more friction than just downloading a pdf.
This will let you read it online. It looks like there's some offline support but I haven't tried it myself.
I thought I'd test with a new account, so in an incognito window:
* Went to https://read.amazon.com/
* Created a new account
* Got redirected to Kindle store, found free book, hit "Buy now with 1-Click"
* Filled in a billing address
* Got a page thanking me for my order, hit "Read now in Kindle Cloud Reader"
* Book loaded
Hope this helps.
The best thing to do, though, is what Cory Doctrow does: http://craphound.com/down/?page_id=1625. He even has (had) an option for a Gamebody Advance reader!
Still, talking about a book on Amazon, most people will be thinking physical books, I imagine.
That said, I didn't think it was all that bad.
UK link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-Graham-Funding-Interview-ebook/...
Incidentally, what's the legality on this? Seems confusing to me.
"The price to content ratio of this publication is enormous and much of the information can be gleaned from a web search. "
for a free book it seems harsh but probably fair
1)Download and install Kindle for PC (Or Mac, if you have a Mac)
2)Download and install freeware Calibre (Open Source)
3)Download and install DRM removal plug-ins for Calibre
(if you use Kindle for PC app, you will just need to add the Kindle plug-in to Calibre)
4)Download your .AZW (Amazon's proprietary format) ebook onto Kindle For PC
6)Find the folder with Kindle for PC ebooks (My documents/My Kindle Content)
7)Select DRM-protected AZW files and drag-n-drop them onto Calibre
8)Calibre will remove DRM protection from AZW ebook(s)
9)Convert your DRM-free MOBI ebooks to any other format (like ePub/fb2/LRF/Mobi/PDF/PDB/TXT/RTF/LIT) using Calibre if needed.
10)Enjoy reading the book in your new format. This is another way to say 'fuck you' to walled gardens like the Kindle.
So yeah, I installed Calibre and was amazed by the flexibility it gave me... and I uninstalled it an hour later because I realized that I couldn't support authors if it was that easy not to do so.
In any case this is great information, thanks for the walkthrough. maybe one day I'll go ahead with it and get out of Amazons lawn (get it get it? garden && lawn?)
You realise this is counter-logical presumably. There is no reason you can't support authors and have their works in a format that is easier for you to consume. Indeed isn't it part of established fair-use in the USA to do format shifting?
So you buy the work and, assuming it isn't already, transfer it to the format you wish to consume the work in ... so where is the part where the author/owner/licensee doesn't get their "support" (ie payment)??
I don't understand how format shifting is going to change the number of books you buy either; can you explain further?