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Old Yesterday, 02:45 PM   #9931
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Thanks everyone for posting the great codes. The best I could do was 30%

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I just used this 75% off code - CRLSB4 - from post #9886 [Apesmom], for "Gaslight Arcanum: Uncanny Tales of Sherlock Holmes."

...so I bought the darn thing!

Since my account was set up as a UK account (and I live in Peru), the savings went from 3.13 pounds down to .90 pounds.

Translated, that means I got the book for $1.49

At Amazon, the price is $4.99

My credit card is a US-based card, with a US bank.
There are two other books in this series, also discountable: Gaslight Grotesque and Gaslight Grimoire. I got all of them with contest codes.

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Old Yesterday, 07:28 PM   #9932
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People are venting about not being able to travel with coupons, but I've realized that what's bothering me most with these codes is the increasing percentage of kepubs-only....
If Kobo is converting its entire catalog to KEPUB, I'll not be buying from them anymore as soon as books that I want are in that format only. AZW3 converts or unpacks to EPUB much better with much less junk in the file, as far as I've been able to determine.

The fact that I already have every book I've ever thought I wanted, and then loads more on top of that, would make the decision to buy elsewhere (on a per-book basis, instead of per-series basis) much easier.
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Old Yesterday, 07:44 PM   #9933
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If Kobo is converting its entire catalog to KEPUB, I'll not be buying from them anymore as soon as books that I want are in that format only. AZW3 converts or unpacks to EPUB much better with much less junk in the file, as far as I've been able to determine.

The fact that I already have every book I've ever thought I wanted, and then loads more on top of that, would make the decision to buy elsewhere (on a per-book basis, instead of per-series basis) much easier.
I haven't noticed an uptick in kepub. But I have no idea why they thought it was a good idea in the first place so it's impossible to say if it will continue or abate.
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Old Yesterday, 08:43 PM   #9934
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Thanks everyone for posting the great codes. The best I could do was 30%



There are two other books in this series, also discountable: Gaslight Grotesque and Gaslight Grimoire. I got all of them with contest codes.

I already have those!

They're wonderful books.
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Old Yesterday, 10:24 PM   #9935
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If Kobo is converting its entire catalog to KEPUB, I'll not be buying from them anymore as soon as books that I want are in that format only. AZW3 converts or unpacks to EPUB much better with much less junk in the file, as far as I've been able to determine.
The "Modify EPUB" calibre plugin now has a specific option to remove that junk. I don't know that it's perfect, as I may have missed a couple of variant forms, but it's at least good.

Edit for clarity: The plugin won't remove Kobo's DRM, but if you use it on a de-DRMed KEPUB, it'll remove the remaining traces of that format.

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Old Today, 02:45 AM   #9936
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Kobo books downloaded by the kobo desktop have always been kepubs, haven't they? It's just that most of them also offered an adobe download, too. Kepubs uses kobo's own DRM scheme, and therefore avoids a license fee to adobe, and can potentially be more secure.

The problem seems to be that some now don't offer the adobe option. I have yet to encounter this. The first time I am unable to download a book I have bought will probably be the last time I deal with kobo.
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Old Today, 02:48 AM   #9937
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That's about it in a nutshell. Most books still offer an ePub (either Adobe DRM'd or DRM-free), but some folks seem to be noticing an increasing number of kePub only books. And then there are the books they have that have a PDF download instead of ePub just to make things extra fun.
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Old Today, 02:50 AM   #9938
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They no longer list it outright on the product pages, but you can stealth-tell which books are downloadable either ADE or DRM-free by adding the preview to your library, then checking under the title of the listing in your library to see what if any format is offered.

If you're unable to add a preview at all, then it's almost certainly kepub or that weird PDF-wrapper format I heard they had for some academic books.
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Old Today, 03:52 AM   #9939
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The "Modify EPUB" calibre plugin now has a specific option to remove that junk. I don't know that it's perfect, as I may have missed a couple of variant forms, but it's at least good.

Edit for clarity: The plugin won't remove Kobo's DRM, but if you use it on a de-DRMed KEPUB, it'll remove the remaining traces of that DRM. (Kind of like how ADEPT leaves that annoying META tag behind, which Modify EPUB can also remove.)
google "obok" for kepub liberation
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google "obok" for kepub liberation
I always liberate kepubs with 'obok' so having 'download epub' option really doesn't matter much. or does it?
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Old Today, 06:47 AM   #9941
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having 'download epub' option really doesn't matter much. or does it?
It's ever so much more convenient, IMO. I can shop with my iPad, download a newly-purchased DRM-free EPUB right away, and send it to my SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive app for safekeeping and renaming. When I'm done for the day, all I have to do is turn the WFD on, send the new book(s) to it from the app, and they're right there next time I turn my computer on. It's quite handy.

Granted, that's not exactly a typical use case...
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