Sunday, July 29, 2012

Requiem key not found? Solutions for Requiem errors

Requiem is a nice tool to remove DRM from eBooks purchased from iTunes iBookStore, it's a totally free and open-source tool. Also because it's a free and open-source tool, the tool is not that easy to use and often fails to work normally.

Therefore, here we collect some common questions and offer you the solutions.

Frequently asked questions


Q: I open the software, but nothing happend, what's going on?

A: 1,For Mac users, make sure your operating system is Mac OS X 10.5+; if you are a PC user, the system should be Windows XP SP3 or later version. What's more, you should make sure your iTunes is V 10.5.3.

2,Requiem must run in a Java environment, if you are PC user, you'd better install 32-bit Java. (The writter is engaging in making it work perfect in 64-bit Java)

3,Make sure your Requiem doesn't miss any file, because the tool's official site is encrypted and that may lead to a download interruption.  If you can't guarantee a complete download, this Facebook tab can help you.

Q: Requiem can't find the DRM proteced file in my computer.

A: 1,Delete the files in your iTunes software's library panel and in your computer disk.

2,Login iTunes by the ID which purchased the ebook.

3,Re-download the ebook.

Q: "Can't find version 301".

A: The majority reason of this error is the iTunes ID. And sometimes, decrypt ebooks purchased in non-US Store will lead this error.

1,Delete the file in your iTunes Library and your computer.

2,Delete the KEY file. " /Users/Shared/SC Info/SC Info.sidb "

3,Login iTunes by the ID which purchased the ebook.

4,Re-download the ebook.

5,Run Requiem

Soft Maker's answer: "Requiem only knows how to remove DRM from ebooks that have the key data stored in 3.01 format. Some ebooks apparently have the key stored in a different format. I'm working on this one, may be a while."

Q: Where is my original file?

A: The original file will be replaced by DRM-free file and moved to trash. You can find it in Recycle Bin.

Q: "Key not found. Can iTunes play this file?"

A: It appears the issue is JAVA related.

1,Uninstall JAVA completely and then installed only the 32-bit version of JAVA.

2,Deauthorize system and completely deleted all files in the iTunes directory (SC Info)." /Users/Shared/SC Info/SC Info.sidb "

3,Reauthorize the system, re-download ebooks..

4,Ran requiem, decypt all of them.

Q: "Key store version too new. You need a newer version of Requiem"

A:  This issue is about the Requiem & iTunes version. Requiem 3.3.5 released earlier than iTunes 10.6, therefore, Requiem 3.3.5 can't decrypt some new DRM method in iTunes 10.6. But it can be soluted.

1, Uninstall all the files about iTunes 10.6, including iTunes, AppService, and so on.

2, Delete the whole iTunes Library folder. The path is usually  "X:\My Documents\My Music\iTunes". Remenber to delete the whole folder.

3, Download & install the iTunes 10.5.3.

4, Login iTunes Store, re-download the eBooks.

5, Run Requiem 3.3.5, decrypt all of them.

Q: " java.lang.IllegalArgumentException" or "java.lang.NullPointerException"

A:  This issue is mainly caused by the Java.

Although Requiem 3.3.5 has improved its supporting for 64-bit Java, but there still are some problems.

If you've met these problems, uninstall the 64-bit java completely, then install 32-bit java, then you can remove iBooks DRM successfully.

As I said above, the tool is a free and open-source tool, we even can't see any advertisement on the tool or author's official site, he doesn't make any profit by it. So it is rational that the tool will make mistakes sometimes. (Well, often...)

If the solutions above all fail to help you, here is a solution that has helped more than 80% of people who have trouble in using Requiem.
Find a clean computer, no java ever installed, no iTunes installed. Then install 32-bit java and the iTunes 10.5.3, run Requiem 3.3.5.
Resources download:

iTunes 10.5.3 for PC

iTunes 10.5.3 for Mac

32-bit Java for PC

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

eBooks replace paper books? Too early to draw conclusion

The blooming of Kindle, Nook and other eBooks reader devices has promoted the eBooks industry in popularity, according to the BookStats' survey (which is administered by the Book Industry Study Group and the Association of American Publishers),  the sales for eBooks has doubled last year, and exceed the hardcover's sales for the first time.

eBook's popularity has affected the paper book's sales, the data shows the paper book's revenue decreased from $ 12.1 billion in 2010 to $ 11.1 billion in 2011. Although having trouble in making progress in sales, it may have more of a chance in making money. The income obtained by the publisher from the digital reading has made up for losses caused by the shrinking of the physical book market. The survey says the U.S. publishing market remained stable in 2011, the publisher's net revenue reached $ 13.97 billion, compared to $ 13.9 billion in 2010, there was an increase of 0.5%.

Previously,  American Publishers' attitude towards eBooks is not positive because of the limited types of eBooks and the inefficient publishing. An important reason why traditional publishers can keep calm is they grasp the core of the publishing industry - content resources, the writer must rely on publishers.

But now, Amazon is not only pulling away readers from bookstore, but also pulling away writers from the publisher, traditional publishers begin facing the risk of being replaced.

Last year, the book retailer Borders Group filed for bankruptcy protection due to insolvency, as a traditional book store established in 1971, they once to store across the United States in the 1990s, and they are only second the Barnes & Noble in U.S. But they failed to keep the pace of the digital wave.

Within 24 hours of Borders' bankruptcy, the RED retail group in Australia also announced that they are entering the insolvency proceedings.

E-book sales showed strong growth, but because of the higher profits of paper books, especially the hardcover book, and reader habits, sales of paper books is still dominant.  Managing Director of Book Industry Study Group Len Vlahos said:

Ebooks have demonstrated unprecedented acceptance among readers but the various print formats remain dynamic as well, showing that consumers want options

Digital publishing is the wave of trend, but paper books still hold a considerable market. When promoting the digitization process,  the publisher should grasp the diverse needs of the readers at the same time. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Epubor Ultimate updates to V 1.20

Here is the video of the new version of Epubor Ultimate

The new version has fixed some bugs, the most important one is the bug of error coding.
And the stability as has been ameliorated.

Click me to try Epubor Ultimate for free.

If you have trouble in watching the video, here is the text description of the tool's features.

  • When adding book to software panel, the DRM will be decrypted. Supports Kindle DRM, Adobe DRM, ePub DRM, PDF DRM, Nook DRM.
  • Supports azw, mobi, epub, pdf eBooks from Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Sony, lulu, fictionwise, etc..
  • Easy to use, you needn't to know which output format your Reading Device/App supports, just choose the Reading Device/App you want to read books on, then you will get the right output files.
  • One click to bulk convert DRMed eBooks.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Aldiko Book Reader, a free android eBook reader to make you read eBooks happily

Aldiko Book Reader is not strange to most ebook enthusiasts, especially to those who incline to read ebooks on android tablets or smartphones. However, if you are new to android ebook readers and have been persecuted by various ebook stores and proprietary apps for them as well as the ubiquitous drm protection, Aldiko Book Reader, a free android ebook reader, might be an optimal choice for you. It's convenient and versatile!

Why do we choose Aldiko Book Reader?
Similar to Kindle for android, Nook for android, Sony reader for android , Kobo eReader for android etc, Aldiko Book Reader is also a free app for android tablet/smartphone to help you read, purchase and manage your ebooks.Then what're the advantages and why do we choose Aldiko Book Reader?

1. One app is enough. It supports both Adobe drm-protected  ebooks and drm-free books from different ebook stores(nook, sony, kobo etc, exclude kindle) via the sole app.
2. Several book stores are provied and thousands of titles available for free.
3. Easy to use:
  • All functions are listed on the home screen. Simple and straightaway. 
  • Easily switch to night mode when reading in low-luminosity areas.
  • A few steps to import files. It supports the most popular eBook formats epub and pdf, as well as the Adobe eBook DRM technology. You can put your own books and documents to Aldiko in just a few steps.
Download and install Aldiko Book Reader (version 2.1.0) on your reader.
Click here to get information about how to install Aldiko Book Reader on Kindle Fire.

Start to read ebooks Aldiko Book Reader.
Step1. Tap "Files" icon. 
Step2. Select your eBook folder.
Step3. Tick the eBooks you intend to import and tap "Import to Aldiko". The non-DRMed books will be added to shelf.
Step4. Tap one book to read.

If your ebooks are DRM-protected, a pop-up window will appear to warn you to authorize device. If you tap "Dismiss",the drm books will not be imported to your bookshelf. 

Otherwise, tap the title of any book, then you are required to input your Adobe ID and Password. After imputing the information correctly, the selected book will be shown in front of you. And you are free to import all books you purchased with the same Adobe ID.

Nevertheless, Aldiko Book Reader does not support kindle ebooks. If  you prepare to read azw/mobi ebooks on  Aldiko Book Reader, you will have to use Kindle DRM Removal to remove the drm protection and then convert kindle formats into epub/pdf via Calibre

By tapping the book, you will see a tool bar at the botom of the screen.Type "Settings", you can set "Text", "Brightness", "Orientation" and many other preferences."Day/Night" mode and "More" on the tool bar can be altered as you like . The settings might have miner difference according to the formats of the ebooks. 

Functions of each module
Tap "home" icon at the left corner on the top of screen, 4 function icons will be listed.
  • Shelf view: For this part, you can read ebooks, search ebooks, arrange ebooks on custermized request, operate on specified ebooks ,communicate with your friends of facebook and so on.
  • Store: You can purchasing ebooks on Aldiko directly. Several book stores are provied depending on your geological location.Thousands of titles available for free.  
  • List view: This part allows you to manage your library. You can settle your ebooks on the basis of authors,tags, collections and so forth.
  • Files: This part allows you to import EPUB/PDF files from your SD card.
How to install  Aldiko Book Reader on Kindle Fire:
Step1. Tap on the Settings icon located at the top right corner of the home screen, select "More..."/"Device". This makes Kindle Fire accept the installation of apps outside of the Amazon Appstore. 
Step2. Set “Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources” to "On".
Step3. Launch browser on Kindle Fire and search for "Aldiko Download" to download the APK file to Kindle Fire. 
Step4. Tap on the APK file to install Aldiko.

The APK file you downloaded from the web might not be version 2.1.0 and the display will be a bit different. Anyway, the primary functions of various versions are nearly the same and it's easy to get started. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy give out for free!

To celebrate our blog launches 1 month and visitors break 3,000.

We decide to give out the hottest book "Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy" for free!

The first 3 people who share our blog on any kind of social connect and leave a comment here will receive the trilogy, both .epub and .mobi format.

Don't forget to leave your email address in the comment.

And we will give out other ebooks on randomly date, so, please subscribe our RSS feed then you won't miss any freebie and the freshest news and tricks about eBooks and eReaders out!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Nook Reader comes to web.

Access to Nook for Web:

The traditional book seller, Barnes & Noble has made much progress this year. It shows their great ambition even the Kindle is in charge of the ebook market.

In April, B&N launched the Nook Simple Touch with Glow Light, helped B&N seize the initiative, Amazon doesn't released an e-ink reader with light source until now.

In May, Microsoft invest in B&N with $605 million. This cooperation will improve B&N's tech level and help MS enter the eBook market.

Now, Barnes & Noble is bringing its digital eReading platform Nook to the web, making eBooks available to read online. The Nook web reader has the same access to customer's library, and people can enjoy the web reader with IE, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

Reading an eBook for free without sign in

The web reader is pretty easy to operate, just go to Nook for Web, then click "Read it now", you can read ebooks even without register with your Nook ID. Because B&N has given away some eBooks to the web platform for free.

If you want to read the book in your library, just click "sign in" in the right top corner.

Except the e-ink reader, Nook also don't want to be gaped away by Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 in the tablet market.

According to some rumors, the new Nook Tablet will Reportedly Have 'Revolutionary' Screen.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

9 must read books in summer holidays

Summer holidays are coming again, here are some must read eBooks for you or your kids.

1, A Song of Ice and Fire (1-4)

The TV series make more people know this book, and as most of TV shows which is adapted from novels, you will be attracted even deeper by these books.

Amazon said: Readers of epic fantasy series are: (1) patient--they are left in suspense between each volume, (2) persistent--they reread or at least review the previous book(s) when a new installment comes out, (3) strong--these 700-page doorstoppers are heavy, and (4) mentally agile--they follow a host of characters through a myriad of subplots. In A Game of Thrones, the first book of a projected six, George R.R. Martin rewards readers with a vividly real world, well-drawn characters, complex but coherent plotting, and beautifully constructed prose, which Locus called "well above the norms of the genre."

How people describe this book and where to get it.

2,Steve Jobs

The must read book for those people who want make their dreams come true and change the world.

Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2011: It is difficult to read the opening pages of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs without feeling melancholic. Jobs retired at the end of August and died about six weeks later. Now, just weeks after his death, you can open the book that bears his name and read about his youth, his promise, and his relentless press to succeed. But the initial sadness in starting the book is soon replaced by something else, which is the intensity of the read--mirroring the intensity of Jobs’s focus and vision for his products. Few in history have transformed their time like Steve Jobs, and one could argue that he stands with the Fords, Edisons, and Gutenbergs of the world. This is a timely and complete portrait that pulls no punches and gives insight into a man whose contradictions were in many ways his greatest strength. --Chris Schluep

How people describe this book and where to get it.

3, The Kings of Cool

This is the prequel to Savages, now it has been made into a film.

“A fast, fun, smart jazz-riff of a book, a prequel to Savages and every bit as good. . . . What sets Winslow apart in the crowded field of crime/mystery/thriller writers is the white-knuckled way he writes and thinks. The dialogue is sharp and funny, full of knowing nods to pop culture, history and geography. . . . A frenzied ride into the heart of what family and love and loyalty mean.”  —John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune

How people describe this book and where to get it.

4,Digital Vertigo: How Today's Online Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us

"Andrew Keen is that rarest of authors: one has taken the time to understand the benefits of technological innovation before warning us of its risks. In Digital Vertigo Keen finds himself in a dizzying world where it is not just possible to share every detail of our professional and private lives, but actually expected. While a growing number of his friends -- including those in the upper echelons of Silicon Valley society -- preach the gospel of total transparency and cyber-oversharing, he refuses to blindly click the "accept" button. Instead he takes us on a guided tour of the history of privacy, solitude and the technology of socialization -- before encouraging us to take a long, hard look at our lives before we blindly allow others to do the same. A vital and timely book that's terrifying, fascinating, persuasive and reassuring all at the same time. And one that will make even the biggest Facebook-o-phile or Linked-in-a-holic think twice before adding another contact to their network."  --Paul Carr, author of Bringing Nothing to the Party and The Upgrade

5, Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety

In the insightful narrative tradition of Oliver Sacks, Monkey Mind is an uplifting, smart, and very funny memoir of life with anxiety—America’s most common psychological complaint.

We all think we know what being anxious feels like: It is the instinct that made us run from wolves in the prehistoric age and pushes us to perform in the modern one. But for 40 million American adults, anxiety is an insidious condition that defines daily life. Yet no popular memoir has been written about that experience until now. 

6, You are Not a Gadget

Jaron Lanier, a Silicon Valley visionary since the 1980s, was among the first to predict the revolutionary changes the World Wide Web would bring to commerce and culture. Now, in his first book, written more than two decades after the web was created, Lanier offers this provocative and cautionary look at the way it is transforming our lives for better and for worse.

7, Calico Joe

Whatever happened to Calico Joe?

It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a twenty-one-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz.

How people describe this book and where to get it.

8, Generation Xbox: How Videogames Invaded Hollywood

Hollywood is under attack from videogames. Movies defined the 20th century but games are now pushing them aside as the medium that captures our time, fascination and money. Generation Xbox digs into the love-hate relationship between games and cinema that has led us to this point. It's a story of disaster, triumph and Angelia Jolie in hot pants. Learn how Steven Spielberg's game-making dreams fell apart and why Silicon Valley pioneers wooed Stanley Kubrick.

9, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed.

Marketers at Procter & Gamble study videos of people making their beds. They are desperately trying to figure out how to sell a new product called Febreze, on track to be one of the biggest flops in company history. Suddenly, one of them detects a nearly imperceptible pattern—and with a slight shift in advertising, Febreze goes on to earn a billion dollars a year.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Hot! 7 free Olympic App on IOS! (Games & Schedules)

2012 London Olympics is coming, here I compile some free Olympics apps for IOS for you.

3D Olympus Archery Pro

Experience the thrill and challenge of olympic style archery in a dynamic mobile experience!

* Refreshing 3D graphics
* Accelerometer driven controls
* Challenging gameplay with dynamic wind
* Olympic rules: 12 arrows, 70m, 90m
* High Score save feature, Game Center support

The game includes 5 different games modes to test even the most advanced players!

* Olympic Style: Play by the olympic rules!
* Time Attack: Hit 12 bullseyes as quickly as possible.
* Endurance: Stay in the game by hitting bullseyes.
* Quick Shot: Push your skill and speed to the limit!
* Arrow Eye: steer the Arrow in realtime by tilting the accelerometer!

Each mode has its own Game Center Leaderboard and Achievements!

More features:
* Is the game too easy for you? Select 90m modes for a greater challenge!
* Multiple environments to play in: Field archery and Oriental themes!

Pig Sports Challenge

Try to win Bronze, Silver or Gold in Pig Sports Challenge.

Set across 5 sporting events you will need to mash those buttons hard and fast to win big with your pig.

Crackling good sports fun awaits you!


* Supports both Retina and Non-Retina devices.
* 5 Challenging sports events...
- Dashing Rashers
- Hurdlin Hams
- Pool Racing Porkers
- Piggin Long Jump
- High Jumpin Hogs
* Cute Piggies :)
* Easy to pick up and play.
* Suitable for family and all ages.
* Achievements page.
* In app Gift, Review and social network buttons.
* Superb quality graphics and sound/speech effects.

London 2012 (Summer Games)

London 2012 is very simple and easy to use app providing information about Olympic games.

* List of Olympic games with search functionality
* Intestring facts
* Date, Medals and Venue details
* Notable athletes section

London 2012: Official Results App for the Olympic and Paralympic Games

The Official London 2012 Results app provides all the latest news, schedules and results, allowing users to keep up-to-date with the latest action LIVE across all Olympic sports (25 July to 12 August 2012).


(There are too many schedule & result app about London 2012, these 2 are the most recommended, you need not to install more than 2 apps with the same function.)

9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2011


- Play with all 30 Major League teams and 800+ actual Major Leaguers with the new MLB seasons schedule.
- Deal with thousands of Major League cards and manage your own team for the championships.
- Compete in 3 different modes: Season, Exhibition, and Homerun Derby

New roster details include:
- 34 batters and 15 pitchers replaced with new players due to retirements and injuries. 
- Transfers of 32 batters applied. 
- Change of assignment of 44 batters. (more accurate and recent data) 
- Change of assignment of 13 pitchers. (more accurate and recent data) 
- Rotation of all teams and players' batting orders reconstructed 
- Starting pitchers, relays, and final rotations reconstructed of all teams and players 
- Balancing adjustments to apply real-life batters and pitchers gameplay 

Finger Olympic

Finger Olympic is a Track and Field sports game for IPhone & IPod touch where you can be an Olympic player in many skill levels.

You will play as "DIGIT", the leading character that challenges 4 funny finger opponents Thumby, Pinky, Yubi and Toe, they are the "finger" athletes who compete for the Gold medal in the most demanding Olympic games for your fingers.

Run as fast as you can by tapping rapidly on your device's screen but be wise in your strategy making use of your energy.

FingerOlympic lets you share your best marks with your friends on Twitter & Facebook!

Also GameCenter Support to compete with "fingers" athletes from around the world. 

Experience the thrill of competition your fingers can bring!

Take the challenge and win!

(Lite) Zoo Olympic

Surprise!!!! 6 GAMES in 1 APP !!!!!!!!!!!!
Fun and Exciting SIX Games are ready !!!!!

■ 6 Games
- Sea Escape
- Lion Ball
- Enjoy Flying
- Memory Card
- Jumping High
- Eat Meat

■ Local High Record Support
■ World High Record per game Support
■ Country Ranking (Medal system) Support

< Olympic System >

Each game has 3medals GOLD-SILVER-BRONZE. For your country and your glory, Get a GOLD medal by your high score.

■ Some Reviews

"What a Fantasy app I've ever seen"
"Each game is worth more than $1."
"This app is really GOOD."
"Time fly fast doing my gorgeous game."

Thursday, July 5, 2012

He just forgot his boots with the fur.

A hot news on TechCrunch with an eye-catching photo. I can find any one word to describe it.

Every morning, my lovely girlfriend walks through Grand Central Station in New York City on her way to work, and every morning, she sees something odd. Such is the nature of living in the Big Apple.

This happened: she saw a man — a regular dude in slacks and a button-down — carrying his iPad in his butt.

Can't see the details? No worries, here I am to post this blog to make all of you lose your words. :)

Excellent comment: "I'm assuming these are his Applebottom jeans and he just forgot his boots with the fur."

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

War is coming. Apple joins the battle of 7-inch tablets

In my last 2 post, I've introduce you the Nexus 7, and the coming new Kindle Fire.
Today, the bloomberg light the bomb, "Here Comes Nexus 7 Nightmare: The iPad mini"

Bloomberg has successfully predicted the first generation Kindle Fire, and the Nexus 7, we have no reason to ignore bloomberg's revelations about the iPad mini.

Now let's face the cruel war.

In Google I/O last week, Google released Nexus 7, the gorgeous appearance, comfortable feeling on hand, in-time allocation, and the rational price make it attract the world's concern. Someone even can't wait for 2 weeks and purchased a Nexus 7 on ebay with the price $1825.

Amazon is also likely to launch the new version of "7-inch Kindle Fire", and a "10-inch Kindle Fire 2". According to Amazon's tradition, they definitely won't sell it with a higher price. And Amazon in enhancing its killer-resource, the huge and cheap Amazon Store.

Although occupying at least 60% of tablet market, Apple is also feeling the pressure from the cheaper 7-inch tablets. Therefore, it's very reasonable for Apple to release a iPad mini to defend its market share.

But not everyone is exciting with the iPad mini. Cnet has launched a survey, from the report we can see that many people are not interested in a smaller iPad. And some people don't believe that Apple will release a iPad Mini.

And I want to claim it again, Bloomberg is not a tabloid, with the reasons above, I believe Apple will launch a smaller iPad (iPad Mini).

Do you believe the iPad Mini? And if yes, do you have the will to get one?