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Old 08-17-2010, 04:57 PM   #1
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how many books does the kobo store hold?

i'm wondering how much the kobo store has in terms of paid books...

i saw similar thread for kindle which is
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16469

and i was amazed at how amazon keeps updating their stock...

and yes i heard there is 2 million books for kobo but 1.8 of them are from internet archive... which leaves 200k, does the store get updated? is there a way to find out
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They have TONS of Harlequin romance or fantasy for 14 year olds.
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Old 08-17-2010, 05:48 PM   #3
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and yes i heard there is 2 million books for kobo but 1.8 of them are from internet archive... which leaves 200k, does the store get updated?
The store seems to get updated daily. 2 Million was the number at launch--not sure how many there are now, or how many of them are in the public domain.

Also, there are geographical restrictions on some books, so the choices I see available to me in Canada and the choices to a reader in the US or Australia are not always the same. My own experience, as a Canadian, is that there are a significant number of books I cannot buy through the Amazon US site (well not without some sketchy machinations) that are available to me in Canada. If Amazon someday opens a Canadian site, that may change.
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can you only tell whether you can buy a book or not being canadian on the kindle only or is there a way to see this via the site? now i'm worried about getting the kindle... thx lol
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I use this site: http://www.ebookprice.info/ to look and see the pricing at various ebook stores. It also lists geographic restrictions. After you search for the book you are interested in, look at the section "eBook Prices." It may take some time to load completely.
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ebookinfo doesn't always have accurate georestriction data. nachtxeule, create an Amazon account and search for any ebooks you want to buy. The system will tell you if they're not available to you.
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just for giggles, I looked at a NY Times Hardcover Fiction list from the past. May 22, 2005. What can I say, it turned up on the first page of my google search. I ran the first ten books.

4 were not available for Kindle Canada or Kobo Canada
2 were available for Kobo Canada, but not Kindle Canada
the remaining 4 were available for both.

I don't know that it proves anything in particular. I happen to believe that being able to buy books in ePUB format gives me more options, in general. That said, it's just an opinion, and we all know how unreliable those are .
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i looked for the same list in case you're bsing

the first 3 books are not on kindle but is on kobo
the 4th is on both and international
the 5th is on both and international
the 6th is on both and international
number 7 isn't on either
number 8 isn't on either
number 9 isn't on either
the 10th is on both and interntional

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/22/bo...rdfiction.html

did you do your job correctly? i did the first 10 as well
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Just for a laugh here's the results from Australia (using Borders instead of Kobo as per regional thingo):

amazon.com (US) 1/10
borders.com.au 2/10

They're not even the same books.
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Book 3 is THE MERMAID CHAIR, by Sue Monk Kidd. It did not show up on Kobo using Google search (which was accurate in the other books), but did when I input it into the Kobo search engine itself. Mea Culpa.That made my count off one, and less favorable to Kobo.

So nice of you to explore both my accuracy and sincerity. . BTW, none of this is my job. I'm actually a social worker during the day. I'm sorry if I somehow offended you. That was not my intent.

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i looked for the same list in case you're bsing

the first 3 books are not on kindle but is on kobo

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/22/bo...rdfiction.html

did you do your job correctly? i did the first 10 as well

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Old 08-18-2010, 03:49 PM   #11
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I've had a Kobo for about two weeks, and have sort of been off-handedly tracking the
number of titles available when I enter through the Chapters ebook listing.

I'm assuming this doesn't include any of the public-domain free books as we're well below
2 million...

Aug 7th : 71,038
Aug 11 : 72,426
Aug 14 : 73,431

And as of right now...

Aug 18 : 73,475

So while it's not an astounding number, it's certainly still a whole lot of books.
I was initially expecting it to be much higher but I imagine that all booksellers partake in some creative accounting to get their advertised book-count up.

It's also nice to see that nearly 2500 titles were added in the 11 days since I started.
And again, these are only the numbers available to me, as a resident of Canada, when entering through the Chapters "eBooks by Kobo" link/portal/whatever.

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Old 08-18-2010, 11:56 PM   #12
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The latest Kobo blog says the store has 2.2 million titles, 1.8 million are free.
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The new blog entry is all about Kobo growth: http://blog.kobobooks.com/2010/08/18/rocketship/. My sense is that Kobo considers itself to have multiple stores and counts each store separately.

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We have now launched 4 of the largest bookseller chains worldwide – Borders (US), Indigo (CA), Borders (AU), Angus & Robertsons (AU) and Whitcoull’s (NZ). They each have an integrated web experience, mobile applications for iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Desktop. They also sell our Kobo eReader in stores and online.

Meanwhile, our direct business at Kobobooks.com is rocking and we’ve delivered ebooks into 200 countries from Azerbaijan to Vanuatu – we’re making books available in more places to more people than ever before.

#2 CONTENT IS KING

We now have 2.2 million eBooks, and local content in Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand in addition to the US. We have 95% of New York Times bestselling titles available in digital format (even kids books!) and 90% of Globe & Mail bestsellers, with more arriving every day. We are actively acquiring content around the world, and this goes beyond black & white text, beyond plain ole’ ebooks. As we announce new distribution channels, we will give a deeper update here.
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