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Old 08-22-2014, 07:10 AM   #9616
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Cool! I just won a Kobo mini in the contest! Woohoo! Went in exactly at midnight, EST

(Weird, though - the promo for the contest specifically mentions the Kobo Touch. But that's okay; I like the mini better. )
I have to try at midnight to win???? Ohboy.

Congrats. That is excellent!
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Old 08-22-2014, 07:45 AM   #9617
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:09 AM   #9618
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Would it help to know I got a 55 this morning???
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Old 08-22-2014, 08:21 AM   #9619
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Old 08-22-2014, 11:02 AM   #9620
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Congrats!!

But....
It's the Touch. I think they've never bothered to update the "You've won an ereader" graphic.
The exact thing happened when I won back in March.
LOL; well, I'll take whatever they give me.
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Old 08-22-2014, 12:34 PM   #9621
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Up to 75% OFF fantastic eBooks from Julie Kagawa,
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Obsession-worthy reads, not just for teens
http://store.kobobooks.com/List/Its2...Wsl13AjRgIRV7Q

Incredible eBooks for the younger reader
http://store.kobobooks.com/List/And2...ss_tsQjRgIR2hA
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Old 08-22-2014, 01:18 PM   #9622
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From an email: Get up to 75% OFF just in time for back to school!

Up to 75% OFF fantastic eBooks from Julie Kagawa,
Pittacus Lore and more - ends Thursday

Obsession-worthy reads, not just for teens
http://store.kobobooks.com/List/Its2...Wsl13AjRgIRV7Q

Incredible eBooks for the younger reader
http://store.kobobooks.com/List/And2...ss_tsQjRgIR2hA
Thanks for the links!

However, shouldn't kids be reading textbooks rather than novels now that they are back to school? I was half expecting some cramming notes and study guides when I was clicking through... May be I am just a bit silly.

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Old 08-22-2014, 01:31 PM   #9623
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I've got a couple of 10% codes and a 25% code if anyone is interested. Although Kobo just emailed me a 30% code because I haven't ordered anything recently enough.
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Old 08-22-2014, 04:36 PM   #9624
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The prices on Amazon UK almost always beat Kobo without a discount code so without the discount codes I won't be buying much if anything from Kobo. Amazon also frequently discounts a vast range of books, while Kobo rarely does this. The codes have allowed Kobo to remain competitive for those who purchase many books. I don't think that Kobo can compete with Amazon on prices without the discount codes and the other aspects (customer service, reliability) of Kobo's service are pretty much completely inferior to Amazon. I would never recommend a Kobo device over a Kindle to anyone who wasn't very knowledgeable about computers and technology.
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:20 PM   #9625
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Corroonb, I totally agree with you. The one and only reason I have been buying from Kobo for the past year or so is solely because I have had coupons to make the book cheaper. The rare times I have wanted a book that I couldnt use a coupon on, I have bought it from Amazon.
Amazons customer service and the quality of their devices far exceeds Kobos; so no coupon discounts equals no sale as far as I'm concerned.
I also would never recommend Kobo to anyone. I am a Nook fan myself but when asked I always recommend Kindle, especially to those with limited ereader or computer skills.

I have been playing the current competition with 4 accounts and so far the highest code I've won is 30%. Given the direction the contests and codes seem to be heading, its looking likely Amazon will soon be my first stop for all ebooks, with Kobo only getting a look in if its one of those rare books not available for Kindle.
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:41 PM   #9626
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Kobo still offers 30% and 40% codes. Using those do not make Kobo's price more attractive?
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:48 PM   #9627
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Kobo still offers 30% and 40% codes. Using those do not make Kobo's price more attractive?
Not when Amazon is 99 cents and Kobo is 10 dollars!
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:57 PM   #9628
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I am a Nook fan myself but when asked I always recommend Kindle, especially to those with limited ereader or computer skills.

Given the direction the contests and codes seem to be heading, its looking likely Amazon will soon be my first stop for all ebooks, with Kobo only getting a look in if its one of those rare books not available for Kindle.
Not to criticize, and not intending a threadjack, but I have to put my two cents in on this point:

For everyone upset about the struggle between Amazon and Hachette, that's exactly the thinking that gives Amazon its leverage. If you want Amazon to dominate the ebook market, that's how you should proceed. On the other hand, if you'd prefer to see Amazon have to compete with other booksellers, the first step is to recommend those competitors - and devices that work with them. (The second step is to urge self-publishing authors not to equate "published for Kindle" with "published for ereaders," but that's just another facet of the same discussion.)

I happen to like and use Kobo, but I also recommend ebooks.com and pretty much any other place that I know sells EPUBs which are either DRM-free or protected with standard Adobe DRM. I'm under no illusion that Kobo's devices are perfect; for instance, I've said many times that I wish they had better device/shop integration, like Amazon managed with the Kindle. Still, to me, the ability to replace the 2GB built-in memory with a higher-capacity SDHC card, plus the option to add an external memory card, gives my Glo an advantage that no other device has yet equaled, let alone overcome.

But this isn't about Kobo for me. It's about MOBI vs. EPUB, Amazon vs. Everyone Else, and in that matchup I prefer that Amazon not gain any more ground. YMMV, of course, and with that, I'll end this tangent and get back to watching for contest codes.
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:04 PM   #9629
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Not when Amazon is 99 cents and Kobo is 10 dollars!
And that's exactly the sort of thing that does persuade me to buy on Amazon, even if I immediately convert it to EPUB for my Kobo device. Same goes for Kindle-exclusive ebooks, and right now I'm agonizing over whether to buy an anthology now at 99 cents on Amazon or wait until it hits Kobo at full price ($6.99) in about a month and a half. I'm not sure the financial savings is worth the hassle* of the conversion.

* Yes, I know all about calibre's autoconvert feature. I still prefer getting a native EPUB when possible.
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I am like the vast majority of average readers out there - I dont really care about all the behind-the-scenes struggles and marketing dramas; the one and only factor that drives me to buy is price. Even if I did want to bat for the underdog in an effort to raise them up, my very limited budget wouldnt allow me to pay higher prices when I can buy cheaper elsewhere.
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