Last updated May 7, 2013
You must be at least eighteen (18) years of age to become a registered user of our Service. By agreeing to these Terms, you represent and warrant to us: (i) that you are at least eighteen (18) years of age; (ii) that you have not previously been suspended or removed from the Service; and (iii) that your registration and your use of the Service is in compliance with any and all applicable laws and regulations. If you are using the Service on behalf of an entity, organization, or company, you represent and warrant that you have the authority to bind such organization to these Terms and you agree to be bound by these Terms on behalf of such organization.
2. Accounts and Registration
To access most features of the Service, you must register for an account. When you register for an account, you may be required to provide us with some information about yourself (such as your e-mail address or other contact information). You agree that the information you provide to us is accurate and that you will keep it accurate and up-to-date at all times. When you register, you will be asked to provide a password. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account. If you have reason to believe that your account is no longer secure, then you must immediately notify us at [email protected].
Access to certain features of the Service requires you to pay fees. In particular, certain features of the Service, including unlimited access to unlocked books provided through the Service, offline access to books, and read-to-me books, are made available on a paid subscription basis, as described in Section 4 below. Before you are required to pay any fees, you will have an opportunity to review and accept the applicable fees that you will be charged. All fees are in U.S. Dollars and are non-refundable.
At any time, and for any reason, we may provide a refund, discount, or other consideration (“Credits“) to some or all of our paid subscribers. The amount and form of such Credits, and the decision to provide them, are at our sole and absolute discretion. Our provision of Credits in one instance does not entitle you to Credits in the future for similar instances or otherwise, nor does it obligate us to provide any future Credits under any circumstance.
We may change the fees for the Service or any feature of the Service, including by adding additional fees or charges, on a going-forward basis at any time. We will charge the payment method you specify at the time of purchase. You authorize us to charge all sums described herein to such payment method. If you pay any applicable fees with a credit card, we may seek pre-authorization of your credit card account prior to your purchase to verify that the credit card is valid and has the necessary funds or credit available to cover your purchase. If you want to use a different payment method or if there is a change in payment method, such as your credit card validity or expiration date, you may edit your payment method information by visiting “My Account” on the Service. If your payment method reaches its expiration date and you do not edit your payment method information or cancel your account as described in Section 4 below, you authorize us to continue billing that payment method and you remain responsible for any uncollected amounts.
4. Subscription Terms
Access to certain features of the Service, including unlimited access to unlocked books provided through the Service, offline access to books, and read-to-me books, is made available on a paid subscription basis with monthly or other billing frequency.
- Free Trial. During the free-trial portion of your subscription, if any, you may cancel your subscription at any time by emailing us at [email protected]. At the end of a free trial, you will not be billed automatically; rather, you will be prompted to subscribe if you wish to continue your subscription. We reserve the right to impose limitations and eligibility restrictions upon free trials
- Subscription Cancellation and Renewal. Upon the commencement of a paid subscription to the Service, your credit card will be billed the applicable subscription fee and your paid subscription will commence. For your convenience, subscriptions automatically renew, and your credit card is automatically charged, at the end of your subscription term (monthly or otherwise) unless you cancel your subscription prior to your subscription end date by emailing us at [email protected].
If you cancel the Service, you can continue to access the Service with your paid subscription through the end of your paid subscription term, subject to the terms and conditions of these Terms (including our right to terminate your user account on the Service or suspend or terminate your access to the Service at any time, with or without notice, including if we reasonably believe that you have violated any provision of these Terms). All subscription fees are fully earned upon payment. WE DO NOT PROVIDE REFUNDS FOR UNUSED PORTIONS OF SUBSCRIPTIONS, AND YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A FULL OR PARTIAL REFUND OR REIMBURSEMENT OF YOUR SUBSCRIPTION FEES IF YOU CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION.
5. User Content
- User Content Generally. Certain features of the Service may permit users to post content, including, without limitation, photos, images, data, text, and other types of works (collectively, “User Content“) and to publish User Content on the Service. You retain copyright and any other proprietary rights that you may hold in the User Content that you post to the Service.
- Limited License Grant to Bookboard. By posting or publishing User Content, you grant Bookboard a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free right and license (with the right to sublicense) to host, store, transfer, display, perform, reproduce, modify, and distribute your User Content, in whole or in part, in any media formats and through any media channels (now known or hereafter developed). Any such use of your User Content by Bookboard may be without any attribution or compensation paid to you.
- User Content Representations and Warranties. You are solely responsible for your User Content and the consequences of posting or publishing User Content. By posting and publishing User Content, you affirm, represent, and warrant that:
- you are the creator and owner of, or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to use and to authorize Bookboard and users of the Service to use and distribute your User Content as necessary to exercise the licenses granted by you in this Section 4 and in the manner contemplated by Bookboard and these Terms; and
- your User Content, and the use thereof as contemplated herein, does not and will not: (i) infringe, violate, or misappropriate any third-party right, including any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral right, privacy right, right of publicity, or any other intellectual property or proprietary right; or (ii) slander, defame, libel, or invade the right of privacy, publicity or other property rights of any other person.
6. Digital Millennium Copyright Act
- DMCA Notification. We comply with the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act applicable to internet service providers (17 U.S.C. §512, as amended). If you have any complaints with respect to material posted on the Service, you may contact our Designated Agent at the following address:
345 Lorton Avenue, Suite 403
Burlingame, CA 94010
E-mail: [email protected]
Any notice alleging that materials hosted by or distributed through the Service infringe intellectual property rights must include the following information:
- an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright or other right being infringed;
- a description of the copyrighted work or other intellectual property that you claim has been infringed;
- a description of the material that you claim is infringing and where it is located on the Service;
- your address, telephone number, and email address;
- a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the use of the materials on the Service of which you are complaining is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
- a statement by you that the above information in your notice is accurate and that, under penalty of perjury, you are the copyright or intellectual property owner or authorized to act on the copyright or intellectual property owner’s behalf.
- Repeat Infringers. Bookboard will promptly terminate without notice the accounts of users that are determined by Bookboard to be “repeat infringers.” A repeat infringer is a user who has been notified of infringing activity more than twice and/or has had User Content removed from the Service more than twice.
7. Prohibited Conduct
By using the Service, you agree not to:
- use the Service for any illegal purpose, or in violation of any local, state, national, or international law;
- share any private or subscription-based Materials with any third person (other than a child for whom you are the parent or legal guardian);
- violate, or encourage others to violate, the rights of third parties, including by infringing or misappropriating third party intellectual property rights;
- post, upload, or distribute any User Content or other content that is unlawful, defamatory, libelous, inaccurate, or that a reasonable person could deem to be objectionable, profane, indecent, pornographic, harassing, threatening, embarrassing, hateful, or otherwise inappropriate;
- interfere with security-related features of the Service, including without limitation by (i) disabling or circumventing features that prevent or limit use or copying of any content, or (ii) reverse engineering or otherwise attempting to discover the source code of the Service or any part thereof except to the extent that such activity is expressly permitted by applicable law;
- interfere with the operation of the Service or any user’s enjoyment of the Service, including without limitation by (i) uploading or otherwise disseminating viruses, adware, spyware, worms, or other malicious code, (ii) making unsolicited offers or advertisements to other users of the Service, (iii) attempting to collect, personal information about users or third parties without their consent; or (iv) interfering with or disrupting any networks, equipment, or servers connected to or used to provide the Service, or violating the regulations, policies, or procedures of such networks, equipment, or servers;
- perform any fraudulent activity including impersonating any person or entity, claiming false affiliations, accessing the Service accounts of others without permission, or falsifying your age or date of birth;
- sell or otherwise transfer the access granted herein or any Materials (as defined in Section 13 below) or any right or ability to view, access, or use any Materials; or
- attempt to do any of the foregoing in this Section 7, or assist or permit any persons in engaging in any of the activities described in this Section 7.
8. Third-Party Services and Linked Websites
Bookboard may provide tools through the Service that enable you to export information, including User Content, to third party services. By using these tools, you agree that we may transfer such information to the applicable third-party service. Such third party services are not under our control, and we are not responsible for their use of your exported information. The Service may also contain links to third-party websites. Such linked websites are not under our control, and we are not responsible for their content.
9. No Framing
You agree that if you include a link from any other web site to any portion of the Service, such link shall open in a new browser window and shall link to the full version of the Service. You are not permitted to link directly to any image or page hosted on the Service, such as using an “in-line” linking method to cause the image hosted by us to be displayed on another website or service. You agree not to link from any other website to the Service in any manner such that the Service, or any page or image on the Service, is “framed,” surrounded or obfuscated by any third-party content, materials or branding. We may require that any link to the Service be discontinued, and to revoke your right to link to the Service from any other website or other service at any time.
10. Termination of Use; Discontinuation and Modification of the Service
If you violate any provision of these Terms, your permission to use the Service will terminate automatically. Additionally, Bookboard in its sole discretion may terminate your user account on the Service or suspend or terminate your access to the Service at any time, with or without notice. We also reserve the right to modify or discontinue the Service at any time (including, without limitation, by limiting or discontinuing certain features of the Service) without notice to you. We will have no liability whatsoever on account of any change to the Service or any suspension or termination of your access to or use of the Service. You may cancel a paid subscription to the Service as described in Section 4 above. If you are not a paid subscriber to the Service, you may cancel your account at any time by contacting customer service at [email protected].
- Additional Terms. Your use of the Service is subject to any and all additional terms, policies, rules, or guidelines applicable to the Service or certain features of the Service that we may post on or link to on the Service (the “Additional Terms“), such as rules applicable to particular features or content on the Service, subject to Section 12 below. All such Additional Terms are hereby incorporated by reference into, and made a part of, these Terms.
12. Modification of these Terms
We reserve the right, at our discretion, to change these Terms on a going-forward basis at any time. Please check these Terms periodically for changes. In the event that a change to these Terms materially modifies your rights or obligations, we will make reasonable efforts to notify you of such change. We may provide notice through a pop-up or banner within the Service, by sending an email to any address you may have used to register for an account, or through other similar mechanisms. Additionally, if the changed Terms materially modify your rights or obligations, we may require you to provide consent by accepting the changed Terms. If we require your acceptance of the changed Terms, changes are effective only after your acceptance. If you do not accept the changed Terms, we may terminate your access to and use of the Service. All other changes are effective upon publication of the changed Terms. Disputes arising under these Terms will be resolved in accordance with the Terms in effect that the time the dispute arose.
13. Ownership; Proprietary Rights
The Service is owned and operated by Bookboard. The visual interfaces, graphics, design, compilation, information, data, computer code (including source code or object code), products, software, services, and all other elements of the Service (the “Materials“) provided by Bookboard are protected by all relevant intellectual property and proprietary rights and applicable laws. All Materials contained in the Service are the property of Bookboard or our third-party licensors. Except as expressly authorized by Bookboard, you may not make use of the Materials. Bookboard reserves all rights to the Materials not granted expressly in these Terms.
You agree that you will be responsible for your use of the Service, and you agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Bookboard and its officers, directors, employees, consultants, affiliates, subsidiaries and agents (collectively, the “Bookboard Entities“) from and against any and all claims, liabilities, damages, losses, and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs, arising out of or in any way connected with (i) your access to, use of, or alleged use of the Service; (ii) your violation of these Terms or any representation, warranty, or agreements referenced herein, or any applicable law or regulation; (iii) your violation of any third-party right, including without limitation any intellectual property right, publicity, confidentiality, property or privacy right; or (iv) any disputes or issues between you and any third party. We reserve the right, at our own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you (and without limiting your indemnification obligations with respect to such matter), and in such case, you agree to cooperate with our defense of such claim.
15. Disclaimers; No Warranties
THE SERVICE AND ALL MATERIALS AND CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” AND ON AN “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. THE BOOKBOARD ENTITIES SPECIFICALLY (BUT WITHOUT LIMITATION) DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, RELATING TO THE SERVICE AND ALL MATERIALS AND CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO (i) ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, QUIET ENJOYMENT, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT; AND (ii) ANY WARRANTIES ARISING OUT OF COURSE OF DEALING, USAGE, OR TRADE. THE BOOKBOARD ENTITIES DO NOT WARRANT THAT THE SERVICE OR ANY PART THEREOF, OR ANY MATERIALS OR CONTENT OFFERED THROUGH THE SERVICE, WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, SECURE, OR FREE OF ERRORS, VIRUSES, OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS, AND DO NOT WARRANT THAT ANY OF THE FOREGOING WILL BE CORRECTED.
NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM THE SERVICE OR ANY MATERIALS OR CONTENT AVAILABLE ON OR THROUGH THE SERVICE WILL CREATE ANY WARRANTY REGARDING ANY OF THE BOOKBOARD ENTITIES OR THE SERVICE THAT IS NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THESE TERMS. YOU ASSUME ALL RISK FOR ALL DAMAGES THAT MAY RESULT FROM YOUR USE OF OR ACCESS TO THE SERVICE, YOUR DEALINGS WITH OTHER SERVICE USERS, AND ANY MATERIALS OR CONTENT AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SERVICE. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOU USE THE SERVICE AND USE, ACCESS, DOWNLOAD, OR OTHERWISE OBTAIN MATERIALS OR CONTENT THROUGH THE SERVICE AND ANY ASSOCIATED SITES OR SERVICES AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK, AND YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR PROPERTY (INCLUDING YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM USED IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICE) OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICE OR THE DOWNLOAD OR USE OF SUCH MATERIALS OR CONTENT.
SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY PROHIBIT A DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND YOU MAY HAVE OTHER RIGHTS THAT VARY FROM JURISDICTION TO JURISDICTION.
16. Limitation of Liability
IN NO EVENT WILL THE BOOKBOARD ENTITIES BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA, OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES) ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO YOUR ACCESS TO OR USE OF, OR YOUR INABILITY TO ACCESS OR USE, THE SERVICE OR ANY MATERIALS OR CONTENT ON THE SERVICE, WHETHER BASED ON WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STATUTE OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, WHETHER OR NOT THE BOOKBOARD ENTITIES HAVE BEEN INFORMED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.
SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
EACH PROVISION OF THESE TERMS THAT PROVIDES FOR A LIMITATION OF LIABILITY, DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES, OR EXCLUSION OF DAMAGES IS TO ALLOCATE THE RISKS UNDER THESE TERMS BETWEEN THE PARTIES. THIS ALLOCATION IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN THE PARTIES. EACH OF THESE PROVISIONS IS SEVERABLE AND INDEPENDENT OF ALL OTHER PROVISIONS OF THESE TERMS. THE LIMITATIONS IN THIS SECTION 16 WILL APPLY EVEN IF ANY LIMITED REMEDY FAILS OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE.
17. Special Terms Regarding Apple.
If you download a mobile application (a “Mobile App“) from Apple, Inc.’s App Store, your use of the Mobile App must at all times be in accordance with the Usage Rules set forth in the Apple, Inc. App Store Terms of Service (the “App Store Terms“), and you acknowledge that these Terms are entered into solely between you and Bookboard. These Terms are not intended to provide for usage rules for Mobile Apps that are less restrictive than the Usage Rules set forth for Licensed Applications in, or that otherwise conflict with, the App Store Terms as of the date that you accept the App Store Terms (which you acknowledge you have had the opportunity to review). You also acknowledge and agree that: (i) in the event of any third party claim that your possession or use of a Mobile App infringes any third party’s intellectual property rights, Apple is not responsible for the investigation, defense, settlement or discharge of any such intellectual property infringement claim; (ii) Apple has no responsibility for addressing any claims relating to any Mobile App, including but not limited to: (a) product liability claims; (b) maintenance and support; (c) any claim that the Mobile App fails to conform to any applicable legal or regulatory requirement; and (d) any claim arising under consumer protection or similar legislation; and (iii) Apple and its subsidiaries are intended third-party beneficiaries of the terms of these Terms that apply to any Mobile App for the iOS, and that upon your acceptance of these Terms, Apple and its subsidiaries will have the right (and will be deemed to have accepted the right) to enforce those terms of these Terms against you.
18. Governing Law
These Terms shall be governed by the laws of the State of California without regard to conflict of law principles. To the extent that any lawsuit or court proceeding is permitted hereunder, you and Bookboard agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the state courts located within San Mateo County, California and federal courts located in the Northern District of California for the purpose of litigating all such disputes. We make no representation that Materials included in the Service are appropriate or available for use in locations outside of the State of California.
20. Dispute Resolution and Arbitration
- Generally. In the interest of resolving disputes between you and Bookboard in the most expedient and cost effective manner, you and Bookboard agree that any and all disputes arising in connection with these Terms shall be resolved by binding arbitration. Arbitration is more informal than a lawsuit in court. Arbitration uses a neutral arbitrator instead of a judge or jury, may allow for more limited discovery than in court, and can be subject to very limited review by courts. Arbitrators can award the same damages and relief that a court can award. Our agreement to arbitrate disputes includes, but is not limited to all claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of these Terms, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation or any other legal theory, and regardless of whether the claims arise during or after the termination of these Terms. You understand and agree that, by entering into these Terms, you and Bookboard are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action.
- Exceptions. Notwithstanding subsection 20.1, we both agree that nothing herein will be deemed to waive, preclude, or otherwise limit either of our right to (i) bring an individual action in small claims court, (ii) pursue enforcement actions through applicable federal, state, or local agencies where such actions are available, (iii) seek injunctive relief in a court of law, or (iv) to file suit in a court of law to address intellectual property infringement claims.
- Arbitrator. Any arbitration between you and Bookboard will be governed by the Commercial Dispute Resolution Procedures and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (collectively, “AAA Rules“) of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA“), as modified by these Terms, and will be administered by the AAA. The AAA Rules and filing forms are available online at www.adr.org, by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879, or by contacting Bookboard.
- Notice; Process. A party who intends to seek arbitration must first send a written notice of the dispute to the other, by certified mail or Federal Express (signature required), or in the event that we do not have a physical address on file for you, by electronic mail (“Notice“). Bookboard’s address for Notice is: Bookboard, Inc., 345 Lorton Avenue, Suite 403, Burlingame, CA 94010. The Notice must (i) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute; and (ii) set forth the specific relief sought (“Demand“). We agree to use good faith efforts to resolve the claim directly, but if we do not reach an agreement to do so within 30 days after the Notice is received, you or Bookboard may commence an arbitration proceeding. During the arbitration, the amount of any settlement offer made by you or Bookboard shall not be disclosed to the arbitrator until after the arbitrator makes a final decision and award, if any; provided that if our dispute is finally resolved through arbitration in your favor, Bookboard shall pay you the greater of (i) the amount awarded by the arbitrator, if any, and (ii) the greatest amount offered by Bookboard in settlement of the dispute prior to the arbitrator’s award.
- Fees. In the event that you commence arbitration in accordance with these Terms, Bookboard will reimburse you for your payment of the filing fee, unless your claim is for greater than $10,000, in which case the payment of any fees shall be decided by the AAA Rules. Any arbitration hearings will take place at a location to be agreed upon in San Mateo County, California, provided that if the claim is for $10,000 or less, you may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator, through a non-appearance based telephonic hearing, or by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules. If the arbitrator finds that either the substance of your claim or the relief sought in the Demand is frivolous or brought for an improper purpose (as measured by the standards set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11(b)), then the payment of all fees will be governed by the AAA Rules. In such case, you agree to reimburse Bookboard for all monies previously disbursed by it that are otherwise your obligation to pay under the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator shall issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the decision and award, if any, are based. The arbitrator may make rulings and resolve disputes as to the payment and reimbursement of fees or expenses at any time during the proceeding and upon request from either party made within 14 days of the arbitrator’s ruling on the merits.
- No Class Actions. YOU AND Bookboard AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. Further, unless both you and Bookboard agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person’s claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding.
- Modifications. In the event that Bookboard makes any future change to this arbitration provision (other than a change to Bookboard’s address for Notice), you may reject any such change by sending us written notice within 30 days of the change to Bookboard’s address for Notice, in which case your account with Bookboard shall be immediately terminated and this arbitration provision, as in effect immediately prior to the amendments you reject shall survive.
- Enforceability. If Subsection 20.6 is found to be unenforceable or if the entirety of this Section 20 is found to be unenforceable, then the entirety of this Section 20 shall be null and void and, in such case, the parties agree that the exclusive jurisdiction and venue described in Section 18 shall govern any action arising out of or related to these Terms.
21. Consent to Electronic Communications
22. Contact Information
The services hereunder are offered by Bookboard, Inc., located at 345 Lorton Avenue, Suite 403, Burlingame, CA 94010. You may contact us by sending correspondence to the foregoing address or by emailing us at [email protected]. If you are a California resident, you may have these Terms mailed to you electronically by sending a letter to the foregoing address with your electronic mail address and a request for these Terms.