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Old 04-08-2011, 03:14 PM   #1
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A freebie for Canadians, with big strings attached.

Free copies of Robert J Sawyer books, but you have to jump through hoops to get them.

http://www.microsoft.com/canada/wind...nload-ie9.aspx
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:35 PM   #2
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I was so excited when the email offer for this showed up in my Hotmail account last weekend. Then I found out that my fairly recent-ish auxiliary just-for-Windows-running netbook couldn't go any higher than IE8.

Well, at least they seem to have put the entirety of RJS's "special introduction" on their "NO BOOK 4 U" page and I can always content myself with the more readily available Kobo-exclusive Special Edition of the third in the the trilogy, Wonder, which contains a bonus essay and short story.

I hope some of the other Canadian sf readers here will be able to take advantage of this, because hoop-jumping aside, these are really nice titles (Hugo nominated!) and a pretty good promotional gift for those few who qualify.
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Old 04-09-2011, 01:33 AM   #3
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I managed to get it on my Mac with Firefox and a fake user agent string. Thanks!
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Old 04-09-2011, 02:04 AM   #4
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Yay, it works!

Thank you so much!

ETA: Ooh, they've got a special launch/promo site for the trilogy where you can download wallpapers and stuff. Now I definitely have to buy the Wonder special edition with the bonus features when Kobo has another good coupon.

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Old 04-09-2011, 11:27 AM   #5
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This is the promotion page for the deal, from what I can tell: http://microsoft.penguin.ca/
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:21 AM   #6
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Now I definitely have to buy the Wonder special edition with the bonus features when Kobo has another good coupon.
"Due to publisher restrictions Promo codes are not allowed for this product."
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Old 04-10-2011, 10:21 AM   #7
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Free copies of Robert J Sawyer books, but you have to jump through hoops to get them.

http://www.microsoft.com/canada/wind...nload-ie9.aspx
A lot of hoops. Two ebooks combined into one and with no cover art makes me "Wonder" if it was worth the trouble.

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I was so excited when the email offer for this showed up in my Hotmail account last weekend. Then I found out that my fairly recent-ish auxiliary just-for-Windows-running netbook couldn't go any higher than IE8.

Well, at least they seem to have put the entirety of RJS's "special introduction" on their "NO BOOK 4 U" page and I can always content myself with the more readily available Kobo-exclusive Special Edition of the third in the the trilogy, Wonder, which contains a bonus essay and short story.

I hope some of the other Canadian sf readers here will be able to take advantage of this, because hoop-jumping aside, these are really nice titles (Hugo nominated!) and a pretty good promotional gift for those few who qualify.
I found the email "A gift for Hotmail members", from the Windows Live Team, in my Hotmail Junk folder.
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:12 AM   #8
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A lot of hoops. Two ebooks combined into one and with no cover art makes me "Wonder" if it was worth the trouble.

I found the email "A gift for Hotmail members", from the Windows Live Team, in my Hotmail Junk folder.
Easy enough to add a cover, if you want. It does have an active TOC (even if it is only two entries, for the start of the two books).

And how many didn't get one at all? Or could not take advantage (I saw an estimate that 55% of windows users are still on XP, who can't install IE9).

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"Due to publisher restrictions Promo codes are not allowed for this product."
That's because you are in the US - where Agency pricing rules. Those in Canada (a) see different prices and (b) don't have Agency pricing and can use coupons much more often.
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:27 AM   #9
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This is the promotion page for the deal, from what I can tell: http://microsoft.penguin.ca/
Thanks! That link worked - I couldn't work out the first one (already downloaded IE9) Never read any of his stuff but looking forward to it!
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I don't think there was anything on the first page that led to the correct link. It was more of a consolation link for those in CA that didn't have IE.
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We have agency pricing here in Canada--that is why most discount notices sent to us here by Email contain this clause "Discount code is valid for XXXX off any select eBook purchases excluding eBooks from HarperCollins UK, Hachette, Grand Central, Warner, and Little Brown."
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re: cover art -- the ebook has the title page rendered as an image -- a quick invert and here's a quick attachment for anyone interested:
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Good to remember. It just seems the titles I check get to skip the Agency pricing there (or in the UK).
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