In reference to the patent: US20130145240
Can I patent my own stories to be customized in ebook form? I write and ask, Are there aspects to this detailed patent that are not covered here that I can use for my ebooks?
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The patent description is not what describes the protection scope of a patent. The claims are the only thing that matters (concerning the final protection).
If I got the claims right, this patent application is not about ebooks but rather about accessing and reading them - ergo an app for any mobile electronic device comprising two apps where one enables access to media and the other one displays it and allows interaction.
But keep in mind that this patent has not been issued and the claims might change or not get granted at all. Plus, there are other patents in the patent family, so their claims could be different. And there are probably (definitly) other patents concerning ebooks. Evaluating all their claims and telling you what you could still patent/use freely would cost you several thousand/tens of thousands of dollars paid to a patent attorney/engineer without a promise of them finding something that helps you. It is certainly far from the possibilities of this page.
Concerning the question what you could still patent -> everything that hasn't been published and that is inventive. Finding out what this is ... see above ... a few thousand dollar might get you an answer.
A couple of thoughts. First, you would not patent the story itself. That would be copyrighted. This application (not yet a patent) is trying to patent a particular method of providing a customized ebook. If you can think of a way of creating an ebook platform that is different than that described in the claims, then yes you can try to patent it. There may however be other patents and prior art to consider.