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View Poll Results: Why of the following major ebook distributors do you purchase from, and why?
Amazon, because I also have a Kindle 25 26.60%
Amazon, because I can't find the book I want elsewhere 18 19.15%
Amazon, other 20 21.28%
B&N, because I also have a nook 7 7.45%
B&N, because I like that they have ePub & allow lending 6 6.38%
B&N, other 7 7.45%
Kobo, because I also have a Kobo, Sony, or other Adobe Adept reader 10 10.64%
Kobo, because I like that they support ePub 14 14.89%
Kobo, other 9 9.57%
I prefer to buy from another seller because they sell books on [Topic] 6 6.38%
I prefer to buy from another seller because they are cheaper. 14 14.89%
I prefer to buy from another seller for some other reason. 35 37.23%
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Old 09-30-2010, 02:05 AM   #1
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Which of the following major eBook distributor do you purchase from, and why?

Folks with Apple devices are generally free to select which store they purchase content from. What stores do you prefer, and why?

I personally prefer to buy from B&N or Kobo because they support ePub, but will occasionally buy from Amazon if they have a book I need. I also purchase technical books from O'Reilly fairly often.

I switch back and forth between B&N and Kobo because B&N is occasionally cheaper, but I like what Kobo is doing and want to support their style of development.

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Old 09-30-2010, 02:10 AM   #2
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Old 09-30-2010, 03:33 AM   #3
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I'd buy ebooks in the order authors directly, publishers directly, kobo/Borders, and lastly Amazon. Note that we have no iBooks store down this way (well, we do, but it's just stocked with free public domain stuff). I haven't bought much though, having a rather large TBR pile (real and virtual).

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Old 09-30-2010, 03:35 AM   #4
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Usually I check where I can get the book cheapest, and that is where I buy.
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Old 09-30-2010, 03:39 AM   #5
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I'd buy ebooks in the order authors directly, publishers directly, kobo/Borders, and lastly Amazon.
I like that order of things for many reasons;

1. Author gets 100% of the income
2. Author gets to know who's reading the book
3. Author can gauge very quickly how sales are progressing based on their hourly traffic.

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Old 09-30-2010, 06:07 AM   #6
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Amazon ... because they are cheaper
Amazon ... because they have the best store
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Old 09-30-2010, 08:27 AM   #7
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Kobo, because the books can be used on all my devices
Smashwords, same

I do have a Kindle but I don't know how to liberate the books so I have not bought any from Amazon
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Old 09-30-2010, 08:46 AM   #8
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Amazon, because it's easy, and because they have far and away the best eBook selection available where I ive
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Old 09-30-2010, 11:24 AM   #9
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I buy from Amazon because they make it really easy to spend money, to get what I want and to use the content I buy. Saving a buck or two wouldn't entice me unless service was comparable elsewhere.

I've bought a few e-books elsewhere, and it seems as if some competitors are trying to drive away customers.

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Old 09-30-2010, 11:28 AM   #10
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Folks with Apple devices are generally free to select which store they purchase content from.
And folks with a device not a kindle or nook

I guess my criteria if i owned an iDevice would be rendering quality, and the overall quality of the app. And reading ePub of course, so i can get books in France.
Form my experience with android, apps from the bigs ones, tends to make side-loading a mess. I wouldn't fancy having to use multiple app really, one should do. Guess i would chose the app before choosing the shop.

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Old 09-30-2010, 12:07 PM   #11
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Waterstones, because they will sell me books.
Book on Board because they sometimes have books I want
Author sites directly - because they have book I want, are cheaper, and I approve of the concept.

Amazon is out for format reasons (Epub) Kobo and BN are out because of geographical restrictions.

My only other main option is WHSmiths, whose brickshops I don't like, and whose books seem expensive or no better in price/range than waterstones.
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Old 09-30-2010, 12:11 PM   #12
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I have never purchased an ebook from Amazon, Kobo or B&N. I buy my books from the Sony store. (My main reader is a Sony.)

I have an iPad and an iPod, with ibooks, but I do very little reading on them.
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Old 09-30-2010, 12:19 PM   #13
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You're missing a lot of stores there. Sony & Borders come to mind.
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Old 09-30-2010, 02:01 PM   #14
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Old 09-30-2010, 02:48 PM   #15
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Fictionwise, though not as much as I used to Barnes and Noble, Sony, Kobo, Borders, Smashwords, direct from author.

I forgot to put Baen on the list.

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