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Old 07-23-2010, 03:37 AM   #1
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Should you buy eBooks from Kobo in Desktop only format?

NO!

It has come to my attention from my dealings with Borders Australia and Kobo that some of the eBooks that they sell are only offered in a format that can be downloaded to the Kobo/Borders/??? desktop application, which can then only be transferred to a Kobo, or a device that supports the Desktop software.

It may not be obvious to some that this means that you will never, unless Kobo develop some conversion software or change/add availability of formats, be able to read your eBooks on any other eReader unless it's a Kobo or has the Kobo eBook Reader app available. This will be the only way you will be able to read it - if you don't like the Kobo eReader app, tough luck.

This is a terrible model - I can only suggest you think hard about this before purchasing any Kobo eBooks that are only available in the 'desktop' format.
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Old 07-23-2010, 04:45 AM   #2
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I've bought 30+ books through Kobo and all of them were available to download as epub...
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:38 AM   #3
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I always though this was pretty obvious. I allow the kobo to sync my purchases to the sqlite database for convenience, and then also download a copy of the EPUB version for permanent storage on my PC.
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:43 AM   #4
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I think you've both missed the point.

There are eBooks that only come in 'Desktop' format i.e. there will not be an ePub version to download. These are the books I'm referring to, not the ones that do have an ePub version as well...
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:59 AM   #5
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Can you give the details of one of these books so we can see what you are referring to? All my books (and all the ones I have looked at) have been available as ePub files to download so I'm not really sure what I need to look out for.
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:07 AM   #6
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No I can't provide a link as there is no easy way to search for them and it may not be obvious which ones they are. The following is part of an email I received back from Borders Australia staff today:

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The issue causing you concern at present is the inability to migrate these books to ADE. I have looked at your account and cannot see any links there. I will investigate this and get back to you. There are some e-books that are available only in the proprietary ePub format, which you would know does not transfer to ADE.
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:23 AM   #7
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A quick step through available eBooks, and on page 4, there is one listed without the ePub option:

Confederacy Of Silence: A True Tale Of The New Old South

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FORMAT: Desktop/Mobile
no ePub include in the format list.

Just how many there are like this I have no idea, but I think it something to be aware of...
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Here is one. I purchased it awhile back not realizing it could not be downloaded, and when I realized, I complained to customer service and they gave me a one-time refund, telling me to read the fine print next time.
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:37 AM   #9
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Thanks for posting the link mylesau.
The book says it is available in Desktop/Mobile whereas all the other books I've seen have Desktop/Mobile, ePub.
It sure is something to look out for and could be easily missed if you didn't know to check. I will certainly be checking from now on.
Sorry ficbot your link isn't available in Australia so I can't see it but I assume it is the same situation.
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Old 07-23-2010, 09:22 AM   #10
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The vast majority of books that are not available for download in ePub format are public domain books that are easily obtainable elsewhere. None of the books I have been interested in are in this class. Frankly, I think one just needs to adopt the attitude of a critical, price-conscious consumer and things'll work out fine.
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Old 07-23-2010, 04:07 PM   #11
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The vast majority of books that are not available for download in ePub format are public domain books that are easily obtainable elsewhere. None of the books I have been interested in are in this class. Frankly, I think one just needs to adopt the attitude of a critical, price-conscious consumer and things'll work out fine.
That's been my experience as well. The books without epub are usually free/public domain.
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Old 07-23-2010, 06:58 PM   #12
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We used to not have Gutenbergs available in ePub format, but I believe has or is being fixed. I'll take a look.
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:26 PM   #13
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I watched "The Runaways" dvd when it came out on Tuesday, then went looking for the autobiography that it's based on, "Neon Angel". There's no ePub version; it's desktop/mobile only at Borders, and it's not public domain.
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:36 PM   #14
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Slightly OT, but has anyone installed both the ePub and sqlite version of a book on to their reader?
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:55 PM   #15
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@luqmaninbmore and leighisme, the topic is about books that you buy, i.e. not free books. They exist - links to some examples have been provided. These are the books that people need to be aware of.

Why are you focusing on free books? They are not the subject of the topic!
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