Where did the name come from?
We wanted to create a unique name containing the word 'book,' while also conveying, in some way, the service we offer. Thus, from 'download books online to read offline' came forth obooko: the initial letters from online and offline forming typographic book ends.
How long has obooko.com been online?
The website launched into cyberspace in December 2009 and continues to provide an opportunity for new and established writers from all parts of the world to self-publish and promote their work free of charge. And for us to offer fiction and non-fiction absolutely free for anyone to download.
Who runs obooko?
The website is operated and maintained in the United Kingdom by Tony Stanton, Tim Johnson and Sarah Bainbridge. While we are each involved with publishing and production, Sarah is also responsible for membership administration. You can send a message to either of us at any time via the contact form.
Are the ebooks available for download distributed legally?
Absolutely! For your peace of mind, every e-book on obooko is distributed with the author's written permission in compliance with U.S., U.K. and international Copyright law. We operate in a legal, honest and truthful manner, as you would expect us to.
Are the ebook files safe to download?
All free ebook downloads on obooko are checked for viruses and malware before being made available for publication. Each download is a single file: it will not be attached to any software promo's or other nasty stuff you didn't ask for. When you download a PDF file, you get a PDF file, nothing else. It's also good to know our books do not contain advertising and are free of affiliate sales links.
How does obooko remain free?
Obooko is a not-for-profit enterprise. Since we started, our running costs have increased significantly, so we had to find a way to subsidise the maintenance and development of the website, but at the same time remain a free resource. There are different ways we could have done this:
1. Charge you for access by way of a membership fee
Charge for membership? How can e-books be free when you have to pay a membership fee to access them? Despite other sites adopting this practice, we believe it is unethical and deceitful to charge for accessing books that authors have licensed for free distribution. And, absurd: the adverb 'Free' means without payment or charge.
2. Ask you for a donation
We would not feel comfortable accepting donations. We are not a charity.
3. Show advertising on our pages
This fits best with our philosophy of keeping everything free. Advertising ensures you don't have to part with any of your hard-earned cash. While revenue from ad's just about covers our costs, we feel this an honest and transparent way to subsidise the site. We do not however allow advertising inside the e-books you download.
Why do we require registration?
To enable you to give direct feedback and award star-ratings to authors, our system requires a log-in with credentials (email and password) in order to determine whether you have the authority to use these options as a bona fide registered member. If we didn't have systems in place, bots and unscrupulous people would be sending spam via the author feedback form. Our principal reason however, is to ensure, to the best of our knowledge, that users of the site are of a minimum age of 13 and that we do not attract young children. Although we consider obooko to be a family oriented site, some e-books are intended for mature readers and are listed as so. Although the responsibility for internet browsing rests with parents, we cannot risk unintentional download of these books by minors. For this reason we decided not to have a children's book category. We comply with the directives of COPPA, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and do our best to make sure we do not attract young children to the site or collect personal data from anyone under the age of thirteen. This is something that inferior and illegal ebook distribution sites, and their users, overlook or do not consider.
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