Date: 2013-04-03 01:07 pm (UTC)
OK, so ...
I'm a Doctorow fan too (I took my teen daughter to see him speak & meet him at BookPeople in downtown Austin just a few weeks ago). I wish I could say our titles are DRM free but the truth is that the easiest/fastest way for us to sell the most popular books from all the major publishers was to just agree to use the standard DRM. So our titles and reader use the Adobe DRM. As a user, once you create an ID (or identify an existing one) it's transparent to you; you don't have to login each time you use our reader. See http://www.thereadingroom.com/helps/all_you_need_to_know_about_ebooks for the FAQ.

I also wish I could tell you that we were integrated with any e-ink devices, but we're not. To read eBooks you buy from us, you can use any iOS device or any reasonably up-to-date Android device, but you can't dl or sideload into a Kindle, Nook, Aldiko, or any other such device (at least, we don't support it and I haven't a clue how to do it).

We sell about 450,000 eBook titles from over 140 different publishers, including all the Big Six Five.

re: new designs / your expert background.
Hmmm. Maybe we can set up a beta sandbox for some power users or otherwise expert users to check out and give us feedback. Not sure. If we can, would you be interested? Anyone else?

re: import / "Read column"
Hm. That's not what I see. Here are the field headers that I see in the CSV I exported from GR:
Book Id Title Author Author l-f Additional Authors ISBN ISBN13 My Rating Average Rating Publisher Binding Number of Pages Year Published Original Publication Year Date Read Date Added Bookshelves Bookshelves with positions Exclusive Shelf My Review Spoiler Private Notes Read Count Recommended For Recommended By Owned Copies Original Purchase Date Original Purchase Location Condition Condition Description BCID

So I see "Date Read" and "Read Count". But I don't see a binary "Read" column. Can you email me the CSV you created? lance@ my domain. Pls confirm date you exported, too.

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