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Old 03-17-2012, 08:02 PM   #1
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Why So Few Sony Freebies Now??

Used to there would be regular notices about numerous freebies for Sony eReaders. Lately there seems to be very few for Sony while there continue to be many freebies for Kindle.

So! Are the much appreciated observers of Sony freebies no longer posting here? Or are there just fewer Sony freebies?

Thanks for any feedback on this!
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:55 PM   #2
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A mix of both. Some of the publishers who were previously pretty good about distributing freebies and deals to multiple stores no longer seem to give them out to Sony/Kobo/iTunes. This may be due to the publisher, it may be due to the store (Sony was notoriously bad about dropping promo books to free and would expire them many hours early without warning).

As a result, I don't check them nearly as often as I used to. I'll try to put in some updates this weekend if stuff is still genuinely free (and not just saying $0 in the store but charging full price in the cart).
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:38 PM   #3
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Who knows, but why limit yourself to one store? I get books from Sony, Amazon, Kobo-whoever has the cheapest deal!
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:46 PM   #4
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C, If I'm not interested in stripping DRM, how can I get books for my Sony from Amazon?
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:51 PM   #5
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C, If I'm not interested in stripping DRM, how can I get books for my Sony from Amazon?
Simple answer. You can't.
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:55 PM   #6
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C, If I'm not interested in stripping DRM, how can I get books for my Sony from Amazon?
Some of Amazon's books are free of DRM, especially the free ones. Often Amazon is price matching, in which case you can track down a bargain epub somewhere.

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Old 03-17-2012, 11:21 PM   #7
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C, If I'm not interested in stripping DRM, how can I get books for my Sony from Amazon?
Buy a tablet, and you can read books from all sorts of sources without having to worry about DRM. A vanilla Android tablet will give you the best compatibility, though a relatively unadulterated one (like the Kobo Vox) isn't that bad. A Kindle Fire you'll have to hack/root to get other readers on there, whereas on the Kobo Vox you can install the Kindle app, and download Google Play books, without hacking the device.

A lot of people will tell you that e-ink is the only way to go, and e-ink does have its advantages. However, I read on my Kobo Vox at about a 45% angle and at the lowest brightness setting when reading in bed at night, never have any eyestrain issues, and enjoy convenient night reading after my spouse has gone to sleep. As a bonus, it's much better for colour and/or grayscale graphic novels (The Walking Dead, etc.) than e-ink.
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:51 PM   #8
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Lately I haven't found very many free Sony, Nook, Kobo or Kindle books that interest me. At least not like the selection in the past. There have been some decent Kindle Daily Deals and Nook Daily Finds.
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:55 PM   #9
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I stopped looking at the free selection when it got overrun with selections from Smashwords.
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:03 AM   #10
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A Kindle Fire you'll have to hack/root to get other readers on there, whereas on the Kobo Vox you can install the Kindle app, and download Google Play books, without hacking the device.
Completely wrong. The Fire allows sideloading apps without rooting or any kind of hacks. B&N devices however do require rooting (although the Nook Tablet didn't when it first came out).
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Old 03-18-2012, 09:18 AM   #11
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C, If I'm not interested in stripping DRM, how can I get books for my Sony from Amazon?
Access to the Amazon freebies without stripping DRM is one of the reasons why I bought a Kindle e-ink. If you have an Amazon Prime account, then you also have access to the Kindle Lending Library (borrow one book per month for free).

Other options are you could install the Kindle software on your computer or the Kindle app on a smartphone if you've got one.
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:10 AM   #12
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Completely wrong. The Fire allows sideloading apps without rooting or any kind of hacks. B&N devices however do require rooting (although the Nook Tablet didn't when it first came out).
Or, if there is a micro-SD slot, leave tablet OS as is and setup a dual boot and run everything on microSD, including Kindle, Nook, etc. apps.

In the long run, might be easier to reconsider the DRM issue. Once one learns how to do it, it's easily done. And then it's not necessary to spend $ on another device.
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C, If I'm not interested in stripping DRM, how can I get books for my Sony from Amazon?
You can't get them to the Sony, but you can get them to any Kindle app in any Android device. I read my Kindle freebies on the Kindle app on my TouchPad.
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I stopped looking at the free selection when it got overrun with selections from Smashwords.
Personally I like Smashwords, I go there quite often for new writers. although regardless of vendor, I tend to limit my freebie downloads to stuff I see on this site. It helps give me a feel for what I'm getting into, I think.
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From what I remember, most of Sony's freebies were from either Tor (I miss them Suvudu freebies) or HarperCollins.

Tor has replaced the idea of a first novel in a series free with it's 50 page fridays (First 50 pages free) and HarperCollins has been experimenting with 99/1.99 pricing on the first novel in a series.
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