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View Poll Results: Do you use your Kobo to buy books?
No I don’t. 33 33.00%
No I don’t but I like having the option to do so. 24 24.00%
Hell no I hate having that on my Kobo. 9 9.00%
Yes I do. 26 26.00%
I love these options to get new books. 1 1.00%
I don’t use my Kobo to buy books but I do from the website thanks to the suggestions from my Kobo. 5 5.00%
I could care less either way. 2 2.00%
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:29 PM   #16
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Yep...all the time! Painfully slow on my Kobo WiFi, but super quick on my Vox or using Kobo app on my phone!
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:40 PM   #17
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I didn't use my Kobo to buy books and I don't use my kindle to buy books. I just wanted a reader on which to load my pre-existing books. The kindle, despite the lack of micro sd card slot is the best at it. They have a buy from kindle store option if you look for it, but it's not right there on the menu, not even with an "oh but you can opt out!" option....

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I don’t use my Kobo to buy books but I do from the website.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:54 PM   #20
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That last option is incorrect without the negative. It's "I couldn't care less".
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:11 PM   #21
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What I find interesting is that if you compare the negative options (1. No I don't & 3. I hate having that) and the positive options (2. No but I like having the option & 4. Yes I do), you come out slightly in favour of on reader buying (26 negative vs. 28 positive) or 52% in favour.
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Old 10-09-2012, 07:51 AM   #22
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I would buy their books if they used regular epub--don't like the page numbers on kepub.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:54 AM   #23
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:11 AM   #24
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Why not?

What would you say the biggest problem is with buying on the device?

Is it hard to find interesting books? Hard to figure out if the interesting book is worth buying? Hard to buy it once you decided to purchase it?
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:19 AM   #25
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What would you say the biggest problem is with buying on the device?

Is it hard to find interesting books? Hard to figure out if the interesting book is worth buying? Hard to buy it once you decided to purchase it?
I want to open my reader, see my library, pick a book and read (for me it's a reader not a purchasing tool)

Dont want to sit watching it sync while it downloads newest, recommended and whatever else it auto downloads (might not be applicable on all devices)

This constant push of things kobo thinks/wants me to buy is one thing that is driving me away from kobo
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The same reason as @paulsalter stated above. I want a reader, not a store.

None of the books I own are books that I haven't stored and categorized on calibre first (and inserted metadata as first page, and put my own cover and tweaked the text), so being able to buy on a reader is irrelevant. I always change the book's formatting to meet my nit-picky needs.
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i "buy" lotsa books through my kobo. they just all happen to be free

i partially bought my ereader to take advantage of all the 1.5 million (or whatever it is) free ebooks that you can get easily though kobo. i realise you can get them through other sources, and i do sometimes, but sometimes i like the simplicity of looking through the kobo store...easier than using the kobo browser a lot of the time.

I read a lot of classics, so being able to download free books whenever i have wifi is a huge bonus. don't know if/when i will actually buy ebooks, but for now, it's like a crazy good library.
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What would you say the biggest problem is with buying on the device?

Is it hard to find interesting books? Hard to figure out if the interesting book is worth buying? Hard to buy it once you decided to purchase it?
I use my Kobo to read.

I use my computer to browse through the books I might be interested in - I visit the Kobo website (not the desktop app) and I also look at Amazon and other stores. I read reviews (which Kobo doesn't provide) and then I choose the best price and buy my book. Quite often it is from Kobo (especially when I can use a discount code) but sometimes it is another store. I always download the book and then put it through Calibre to remove DRM and convert to epub if necessary. Then I back it up before transfering the book to my Kobo to read.
You can't do all that on the kobo so for me all the shop links etc are a waste of screen space and memory.
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What I find interesting is that if you compare the negative options (1. No I don't & 3. I hate having that) and the positive options (2. No but I like having the option & 4. Yes I do), you come out slightly in favour of on reader buying (26 negative vs. 28 positive) or 52% in favour.
And with 71 votes, it is 54% for on device buying. It seems fairly consistent that a slim majority prefer on device buying.
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I want to clarify why I do not use my Kobo as a device for buying books. I buy lots of books from kobobooks.com, that's not the issue. The issue for me is that buying and reading are two different activities. When I seek to make a book purchase, I'm not buying to read the thing right away. It's a purchase for future use. When I'm reading, I don't (all of a sudden) get the urge to buy a book. I'm reading one that I'm invested in at the moment, and that's all I'm interested in doing.

Besides, It takes me forever to find an ebook I want to purchase. You can't just return the ebook for refund if you're dissatisfied (generally speaking), so I try very hard to figure out if the author's writing style suits me, and if other people recommend it, and if I'm willing to take a gamble on the publishers' quality control (because I really hate terribly formatted ebooks).

I used to walk into bookstores browse books and buy some on a whim. If I didn't like them I would just pass them off to someone else. I can't do that with ebooks (not legally, anyway).
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