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View Poll Results: Which eBook reader should I get?
Sony PRS-650 53 42.06%
Nook 10 7.94%
Kobo 11 8.73%
Kindle 3 46 36.51%
Other (Please post and let me know which eBook reader) 6 4.76%
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Old 12-05-2010, 09:46 AM   #61
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The Sony issue is similar to that of Apple, you will never or very rarely see any price discounts. The price tends to be high for the features and the devices tend to be proprietary and interoperate only with Windows and Macs with current SW. Linux users such as myself tend to be left in the cold. They also don't have a simple way to shop from the device.

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As for that paragraph there; isn't that what calibre was built for in the first place? If you meant full interoperability with the Sony Reader Library software on a system running Linux, then the fact that it doesn't work is the unfortunate truth for now.
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Old 12-05-2010, 10:06 AM   #62
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They give you well priced machine but force you to buy only from them !
the real issue is that half of their books are not available for Canadian customers and you cannot buy from other stores but kindle read only its native format.
This is utterly untrue. The Kindle uses the Mobipocket eBook format and can read any DRM-free Mobipocket book.
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:54 AM   #63
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That's what I thought. But Jon's response implied that one may wish to do so. I am curious why that would be? (I have much to learn about the ebook world).
Because some of what you may want to read doesn't come without DRM.

What is it you like to read?
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Old 12-06-2010, 07:02 AM   #64
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Sadly, free does not equate to a lack of DRM issues.

Have you d/l any library books and tried to convert them with Calibre so you can sideload them to your Kindle?
If you do want to be able to read free eBook via your local library, a Kindle is not a good fit. You will need a device such as a Sony 650 or 950, nook, nook color, Kobo or Kobo wifi an Apple iPad/iPod Touch/iPhone running Bluefire Reader app, and others. But what these all have in common is ADE which handles ePub and the time limiting DRM used by Overdrive.
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Old 12-06-2010, 07:07 AM   #65
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You have no idea what you are talking about. Fortunately there is very active Kindle forum here where people can get accurate information.
Actually, erictoma sounds quite right. Most eBooks have DRM and to buy eBooks with DRM with a Kindle, you have to buy from Amazon and it seems that Canada doen't have nearly as many eBooks available as the US. So please, don't think someone is wrong just because you are.
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Old 12-06-2010, 07:08 AM   #66
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I'm not sure if you guys have the same deal up in Canada, but Radio Shack currently has many of the Sony readers on sale. Might want to take a look. Here's a link in for the US:

http://www.radioshack.com/search/ind...%20reader&sr=1
Yeah, the old 300 and the old 600 are the ones on sale. No thanks.
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Old 12-06-2010, 07:10 AM   #67
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Old 12-06-2010, 08:18 AM   #68
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Actually, erictoma sounds quite right. Most eBooks have DRM and to buy eBooks with DRM with a Kindle, you have to buy from Amazon and it seems that Canada doen't have nearly as many eBooks available as the US. So please, don't think someone is wrong just because you are.
No she is wrong because she thinks that Geo Restrictions are only in place at Amazon. She has stated on many occasions that a Canadian Sony/Kobo user can buy books from all over the world but that the Kindle store restricts them.

That is wrong. Geo Restrictions are in place across book stores. She is confusing format, Mobi and E Pub, with geo restrictions.
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Kindle users can get DRM books from Amazon. Epub readers can get DRM books from many different sources. Some of those sources are less observant of geo-restrictions than others. The format limitations of the Kindle do have impact on geo-restrictions due to this limitation. And the limitation is the lack of open standards that the Kindle supports in its DRM; not just that Mobi is an inferior format to EPUB in terms of typesetting.

And of course some of the webshops that barely check if you are in the UK or not will change at some point, but I still have the choice to use another shop or two or ten.
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Kindle users can get non-DRMed works from many other sources. And Amazon's e-book shop is by far the best one out there.

I have yet to see someone point to a book that was geo restricted for Amazon that was not geo restricted for another legit (ie legally operating) e-book store.
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If you do want to be able to read free eBook via your local library, a Kindle is not a good fit. You will need a device such as a Sony 650 or 950, nook, nook color, Kobo or Kobo wifi an Apple iPad/iPod Touch/iPhone running Bluefire Reader app, and others. But what these all have in common is ADE which handles ePub and the time limiting DRM used by Overdrive.
Thanks Jon. I anticipate no problems reading library books on the K3.

And to make matters more interesting, an iPad unexpectedly entered my world yesterday. I'll hafta get that Bluefire Reader for it.

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Actually, erictoma sounds quite right.
No, he's not, and the details of why and the facts have been repeated many times in many threads here.

Similarly, you said:
"if you do want to be able to read free eBook via your local library, a Kindle is not a good fit. "
That's utterly and completely wrong for the many of us who read library epub books and find the Kindle to be a perfect fit.

Now, MIGHT the Kindle not be a good fit, depending on one's particular preferences and situation? Sure. But that's a very different thing to say, and it would be true, for one reason or another, for every reader, in fact every consumer item on the planet.
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Old 12-06-2010, 02:29 PM   #73
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Sony eBooks are touchscreen which make them full of glare and low contrast.
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Why do think so? Have you actually seen a 350/650/950?

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"... it's not as good as E-Ink and Barnes & Noble has by no means eliminated the concept of glare on an LCD ...".
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