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Jason Kulatunga

Hi Phil,
My name is Jason Kulatunga, I'm the founder and lead developer of QuietThyme. I found your site from a Google Alert I have setup for mentions of QuietThyme.

I saw that you had some questions and concerns about QuietThyme, and I would like to take this opportunity to answer them.

Why? What is the point of a cloud ebook manager. For years I've kept my ebook library in the cloud through a combination of Dropbox+Calibre+Calibre2OPDS. The main reason I did it was to have a consistent place to store my books, without needing to worry about which books I had manually copied onto each of my 2 ebook readers. Whenever I had an unexpected chunk of free time, I could now just pull up my ebook catalog on my ereader and start a new book. The process I used, while simple for me, required some commandline tools and scripting to automate, something that my friends and family were not comfortable with. I decided to build QuietThyme intially just so that the more prolific readers in my family could access their library from anywhere, but over time it became so much more. Simple ways to upload books via Dropbox, convert ebooks-on-demand, read ebooks on any device without installing an app and many other features were all added to increase the value of the QuietThyme service.

Like you said, for most people 100 ebooks in the cloud is more than enough. Quietthyme is built on the convenience factor: rather than turn the cloud into just another device that you have to manually manage, all you have to do is dump all your ebooks in the cloud, and know that you can access them at any time without needing to plug your device to a computer. Your physical ebook reader (kindle, ipad, etc) becomes a device with limitless storage. Now it makes sense to store your rarely read magazines, manuals and gigantic reference books online. They may not be accessed that often, but with QuietThyme's built-in search function, you can now access them when you need them. We are upfront about the fact that we are only seeking to monetize users with significant libraries, which they would have problems storing locally anyways. By moving your library to the cloud you free up space on your computer and ereaders while being able to reliably access your library at anytime.

As with any digital media there will always be those who pirate, however we believe in giving our users the benefit of the doubt--the files they upload are rightfully theirs. That’s not to say we haven’t done anything to minimize the risk of QuietThyme becoming an eBook file sharing site. As the digital eBook licensing system follows the physical licensing system closely, we’ve disabled the ability for our users to share eBooks with their friends. It protects the intellectual property of authors and publishing houses, while also ensuring that our users are not inadvertently accused of file sharing. We also automatically monitor user catalogs, and if it becomes apparent that piracy is occurring, we flag them for review. You probably could share your library with a few friends without detection but that’s something you would be able to do with DropBox or some other service if QuietThyme didn't exist.

I understand that not everyone is going to find QuietThyme as useful as we do; it's without a doubt a niche service. However I do believe that for those who have multiple devices or significant ebook libraries, its more than worth the money.

If you or any of your readers have any other questions or concerns about QuietThyme, you can reach us at support@QuietThyme.com

Thanks,
Jason Kulatunga
Founder & Lead Developer of QuietThyme
http://www.quietthyme.com

ps. Sorry for the wall of text :)

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