Please propose ideas and areas where a line in the sand could be drawn for off-topic / custom close reasons and bullet points in the help center?
Try to stick to one reason per answer so some sort of consensus by vote can filter and/or exclude reasons the community will want to exclude otherwise well framed questions from the ebooks site.
Upvote reasons you want to be viewed as off topic and down vote reasons you feel the site should be inclusive of. Comment liberally as we may need several revisions of these to arrive at a few of the initial reasons we wish to publish.
I would propose that asking for shopping options for a specific ebook or author be listed as off-topic for the site.
Specifically, asking for the cheapest option and/or queries where a simple search can replicate any answer. (e.g. Where can I buy "Hot book X" for less than $8?)
On-topic would be how to understand the various drm or quality / features of specific vendors or specific formats would be on-topic - especially if the question is well researched and could possibly help others either generalize I r understand how the technology works.
Basically, we want to allow practical questions on how to author or operate the core book functions, but may or may not want to be a place to ask about account support (either as a consumer of ebooks or a publisher of ebooks):
My amazon author account is locked and I forgot my password - what do I do?
My credit card was declined since I live in [country Y] and am buying from [store x] with a fake address in [other country Z]?
Furthermore, questions about installation and troubleshooting basic ebook software and hardware might be better served on other stack exchange sites?
I'm trying to install calibre on OS whatever and please help.
My nook won't start, what to do?
I dropped my iPad in water and can't read my ebooks anymore.
I'd like to throw in a suggestion. We're starting to see questions that are a little bit too localized. Obviously with the plethora of e-book readers out there, we don't need the same specific questions asked once for each device.
The question linked above could probably be salvaged if it were retitled:
"How to determine the exact readable screen size of an e-book reader?"
identify-this-book type questions should be off topic. Identification questions are a pain, even if they do have a habit of driving site traffic. The topic has been well discussed on other Stack Exchange sites so I'll link them here shortly.
Questions about ways to read more general-purpose document types (PDF) on general-purpose devices (desktops/laptops).
Example: This letter spacing is nearly unreadable! I'm trying to read the December 2013 Library of Congress Digital Preservation Newsletter using the Document Viewer (evince) in Ubuntu Linux. What can I do? Abbreviated answer: Using the menu commands in Document Viewer, we see that the document specifies a font that is neither embedded in the document nor included in the default install of your software. By creating certain definitions in file $HOME/.config/fontsconfig/fonts.conf you can enable your software to substitute a certain font with comparable metrics that is indeed included.
Example: How can I display PDFs sideways on my Linux laptop so I can hold the machine like a book and the display will fit a page shape better. Abbreviated answer: Your best method will depend on further details of your hardware and software. Generally certain options to the command xrandr get you most of the way there.