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Google Play un-downloads books

2013-08-16 18:01:57.453377+00 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

Careful when traveling out of the country, if you allow your ebook app on your phone or tablet net access it might "un-download" your books, screwing you over for the plane flight back.

... I must return to the US to be allowed to spend a few hours redownloading "my" books before I can read them again. ...

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-08-16 18:26:08.786551+00 by: Larry Burton

I think the most important lesson I learned from this is to never update my apps while I'm out of country.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-08-16 21:37:32.682284+00 by: meuon

WTF!?! the only reason I do buy a few eBooks is for traveling.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-08-17 22:04:26.481815+00 by: Mars Saxman

I wish I were surprised. This sort of thing is why I still have no interest in e-books. If there were a brandless, storeless, agendaless e-ink reader device, I might be more interested, but I am just not touching anything connected to Apple, Google, Microsoft, or Amazon. Then again if such a device existed I have no idea where I'd get books to read on it. It's not like there are second-hand stores for e-books. (Or are there, and I just don't know about them?)

#Comment Re: made: 2013-08-18 12:31:00.4488+00 by: markd

The logical corollary to Larry's though is to never update before traveling. Knowing the sausage factory that is software development, I want to be away from home with the collection of bugs I'm familiar with, not a brand new set.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-08-18 14:12:32.454038+00 by: Larry Burton

Mars, Barnes and Nobles Simple Touch, while affiliated with B&N, is awful close to what you are asking for. The Kobo reader might also be what you are asking for. And there are a number of Indie publishers of e-Books out there.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-08-18 14:48:37.757802+00 by: meuon [edit history]

Mars, I find e-books useful when traveling alone, which I do a fair bit of. Except for BBC News, there often isn't much on TV I understand, and I enjoy the opportunity for some light reading. I tend to grab cheap (< $5) sci-fi short story collections and light fiction and reading on my Phablet (Samsung Note II) works pretty well for me. I also grab audio books from Librivox and other readables from tech sources, and Gutenberg.org. I try to nap on takeoffs and landings. Carrying 3+ paper books is a pain I like to travel light. I used to give them away while traveling to others when I got done, but that is often expensive. Sometimes I still do this with pre-read books from McKays.