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Old 08-11-2009, 09:44 PM   #83
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Originally Posted by anappo View Post
re: credit cards.
> You know any that don't?

Yes. In Estonia, most of the e-commerce goes via online banking. Online shops normally have payment links to 2-4 different banks. Then there are so called virtual credit cards - not sure if there are age limitations for those actually, I would guess not. Then the russian www.litres.ru enables you to transfer some arbitrary amount of money to your shop account, so that when you buy a book, you don't need to go through credit card transaction every time.
I was asking specifically for ebook stores that don't require a credit card, not random online purchase places that might be usable without one. Does the Russian site allow legal minors to have an account? (Can't read Russian; can't check the details.) If it requires a credit card to set up the account, or if the banks that work for it require legal adulthood, then it's not available to minors without adult supervision of their purchases.

I can't think of any English language ebook stores that work without a credit card. (And I don't mean that only English stores count; I just can't look for others.) Most gift cards won't work for online purchases--because the online purchase requires not just card number, but name & address of card account holder. There's a name on the card (usually "gift recipient" or something like that) but no address.

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> The change to "mostly ebooks" won't start until the format wars are settled

Oh well. That much we can definitely agree on.
And I suspect we're debating minor points & tangents, and mostly agree on the key issues--ebooks aren't available enough or simple enough to break into the same market niche that digital music has managed to exploit.
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