Welcome to Book Country. Book Country LLC is an online literary community, located at www.bookcountry.com (the “Website”), where writers and readers can share and discuss each other’s work and can self-publish their works. Within the community, Book Country focuses on fiction, in particular, genre fiction such as fantasy and romance. In the future, Book Country may expand to include non-fiction and/or illustrated works. Book Country also provides access to publishing packages and services
. Our publishing features are open to all genres including non-fiction. Visitors to and members of this Website are sometimes referred to herein as “user” or “you.” Book Country LLC is a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014 (“we” or “us” or “our” or “Book Country”).
USING THE WEBSITE
ELIGIBILITY & USER INFORMATION
. You are solely responsible for all Content you post or upload.
As a member of Book Country, you will be able to post or upload Content on the Website, including excerpts from your writing (your “Work”), and to exchange information and ideas about your writing and the writing of others. When you upload, you will be asked to categorize your Work by genre. If you upload your Work, up to 5,000 words will be viewable by visitors to the Website at any one time and up to 30,000 words will be viewable by members of the Website at any one time. You will be able to follow other members and to establish connections with them, which will allow them to see more of your Work and you to see more of theirs. You may also arrange with us to self-publish your Work as an eBook. Within the publishing tools you may opt-in/opt-out of the retailers you would like your eBook distributed to. In the future, Book Country will have its own online bookstore as well to sell your eBook.
Except as set forth herein, you will retain all rights in your Content, including the copyright; posting your Content on the Website does not change your ownership rights.
You will have the right to remove your Content and to terminate your membership at any time, by clicking on the “Deactivate my account” button on your profile page. We will remove your Content and terminate your membership as soon as practicable following receipt of your request. Once we remove your Content it will not be retrievable, even if you reactivate your account. However, the inclusion of some Content on the Website (e.g., comments you may post on the Website) may be perpetual and irrevocable.
USE OF WEBSITE & WEBSITE CONTENT
Book Country is not responsible for material submitted or posted to this Website by users or other third parties or for any goods and services offered on this Website by users or other third parties. You acknowledge that materials posted to this Website by users may include derogatory or other negative or offensive comments about your Work, and that Book Country is not responsible for any such comments.
You agree not to upload or post on this Website any Content (including your Work) that: a) is libelous or defamatory or is obscene, pornographic, abusive, harassing, or threatening; b) infringes any intellectual property right or any other rights of any entity or person, including but not limited any copyrights or trademarks; c) violates any law; d) advocates illegal activity; e) advertises or otherwise solicits funds or is a solicitation for goods or services, except on sections of the Website, if any, e.g., a listing board, on which solicitation for goods and services is expressly authorized by Book Country; f) contains a virus or other harmful component; g) solicits personal information; h) involves the transmission of chain mail, junk mail or spam; or i) impersonates another person or entity. You also agree that while using the Website, you will not: i) obtain or attempt to gain unauthorized access to other computer systems, materials, information or any services available on or through the Website, ii) engage in spidering, “screen scraping,” “database scraping,” harvesting of e-mail addresses or other personal information, or any other automatic or unauthorized means of accessing the Website, or obtaining lists of users or other information from or through the Website; or iii) circumvent, reverse engineer, decrypt, or otherwise alter or interfere (or attempt, encourage or support anyone else’s attempt to do any of the foregoing) with the Website or its services or any software on the Website.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
YOUR USE OF THIS WEBSITE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. WE MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES ABOUT THE OPERATION OF THIS WEBSITE OR THE INFORMATION, MATERIALS, GOODS OR SERVICES APPEARING OR OFFERED ON THIS WEBSITE, ALL WHICH ARE PROVIDED "AS IS." WE DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. WE DO NOT REPRESENT OR WARRANT THAT THIS WEBSITE OR ANY EMAIL WE SEND YOU ARE VIRUS OR ERROR FREE. WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE SITE OR THE SERVICES, SITE CONTENT, FUNCTIONS OR MATERIALS CONTAINED THEREIN WILL BE TIMELY, SECURE, ACCURATE, COMPLETE, UP-TO-DATE OR UNINTERRUPTED. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY THAT THE SITE WILL MEET USERS’ REQUIREMENTS. NO ADVICE, RESULTS OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM US OR THROUGH THE SITE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY MADE HEREIN. WE ALSO ASSUME NO RESPONSIBILITY, AND SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR, ANY DAMAGES TO, OR VIRUSES THAT MAY INFECT, YOUR COMPUTER EQUIPMENT OR OTHER PROPERTY ON ACCOUNT OF YOUR ACCESS TO, USE OF, OR BROWSING IN THE SITE OR YOUR DOWNLOADING OF ANY MATERIALS, DATA, TEXT, IMAGES, VIDEO, OR AUDIO FROM THE SITE. BOOK COUNTRY DOES NOT NECESSARILY ENDORSE, SUPPORT, SANCTION, ENCOURAGE OR AGREE WITH ANY SITE CONTENT OR ANY SUBMITTED MATERIALS, AND WE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY IN CONNECTION WITH SUBMITTED MATERIALS AND ANY OTHER CONTENT, MATERIALS OR INFORMATION CREATED BY OR PROVIDED BY USERS OR OTHER THIRD PARTIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LINKS TO OR CONTENT CONTAINED ON THIRD PARTY WEB SITES. ALL USERS ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR BACKING UP THEIR SUBMITTED MATERIALS AS BOOK COUNTRY UNDERTAKES NO OBLIGATION OR RESPONSIBILITY WHATSOEVER THEREFOR. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE WEBSITE, YOUR SOLE REMEDY IS TO STOP USING THE WEBSITE.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, WILL WE BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM THE USE OF THIS WEBSITE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN NO EVENT WILL OUR TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU ARISING FROM YOUR USE OF THE WEBSITE EXCEED, IN THE AGGREGATE, THE GREATER OF (A) THE AMOUNT(S), IF ANY, PAID BY YOU TO US FOR THE PURCHASE OF GOODS OR SERVICES FROM THIS WEBSITE, OR (B) ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100).
LINKS TO THIRD PARTY WEBSITES; INFORMATION ABOUT THIRD PARTIES
LINKS TO THIS WEBSITE
You may create a hyperlink to this Website provided you do so in a fair and legal manner and do not damage our reputation or take advantage of it, and provided further that the link (i) does not portray Book Country, Penguin, this Website or any of the services offered on this Website in a false, misleading, derogatory or otherwise offensive matter, (ii) does not suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part, (iii) does not use any of Book Country’s, Penguin’s or their affiliates’ or licensees’ trade marks, trade names, brands logos or other intellectual property, and (v) does not frame any portion or pages of this Website on any other website. We reserve the right to revoke linking permission without notice.
You understand that this Website is not an official or unofficial channel for the submission of unsolicited manuscripts for publishing consideration by Penguin Group (USA) Inc. This Website is not a back door to Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and the acceptance of any Content on this Website does not represent any acceptance, endorsement, or agreement by Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
GOVERNED BY UNITED STATES AND NEW YORK LAW; JURISDICTION
Book Country prohibits the posting of any information or materials that violate or infringe the copyrights of any person or entity. If you believe that your work has been copied and made available on this Website in a manner that would constitute copyright infringement, please provide the following information in writing to our designated DMCA Copyright Agent:
1. an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other intellectual property interest;
2. a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;
3. a description of where the material that you claim is infringing is located on the Website;
4. your address, telephone number, and email address;
5. a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
6. a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner's behalf.
Book Country's designated DMCA Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright or other intellectual property infringement can be reached as follows:
Attn: Legal/DMCA Complaints
c/o Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
375 Hudson Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10014
By phone: (800) 631-8571
By fax: (212) 366-2867
By email: email@example.com
TERMINATION FOR REPEAT INFRINGEMENT
In appropriate cases, Book Country will terminate the accounts of repeat copyright infringers. If you believe that a user of this Website is a repeat infringer, please contact Book Country's DMCA Copyright Agent as described above and provide enough information for us to verify the individual is a repeat infringer.
LAST UPDATED: 01/17/2013