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Amazon 69 44.23%
Barnes and Noble 18 11.54%
Kobo 21 13.46%
Sony 13 8.33%
Smashwords 10 6.41%
Fictionwise 4 2.56%
Other (Specify in comments) 19 12.18%
iBooks 1 0.64%
Google Books 1 0.64%
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:14 PM   #1
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Preferred Store?

SILLY POLL TIME!

If the availability and price are equal across the board and no coupons/discounts/etc. apply, which store do you buy from?

Poll to follow -- explain why (format preference, device sync, store interface, customer service, return policy, etc.) in the comments!
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:18 PM   #2
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For me, it's B&N. I like the library interface -- you can download from the computer and archive books with a single button press. I tend to use that archive/non-archive distinction to remind myself whether or not I've downloaded the book and tossed it into Calibre yet.

I don't really like the store interface (too clunky, and crappy search engine), but it's inertia keeping me with them at this point. That, and I keep hoping they'll implement online shelves with the MyNook Portal or whatever it's going to be called.

If I could do it all over again, I might go with Kobo, but since I like having my online library all in one place, I'll probably keep buying from B&N.
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:20 PM   #3
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:21 PM   #4
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I prefer Fictionwise; their library & bulk download options edge out SW's availability in RTF (which tends to be atrocious anyway). And their books are formatted more consistently, almost always better. I buy a lot more from Smashwords, though, because books rarely are equally available and priced.

Smashwords' library of books-you've-added/books-you've-purchased is awful; a single column of ALL THE BOOKS in purchase order. When I had bought 10 books from them, that was fine. With over 50 added and over 70 purchases, I can't find anything unless I already remember it; there's no re-sorting by genre or author or even title.
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:21 PM   #5
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I voted Kobo, even though I have a Kindle. I would prefer to buy straight from Amazon but I've had a few problems with the "plug-in-that-must-not-be-named". When I buy from Kobo I don't have to worry about that since I have other options when it comes to liberating my books.
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:22 PM   #6
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Amazon for my e-books since I've got a Kindle, but otherwise, I shop at Chapters for pBooks now that my local bookstores have all closed. My favourite bookstore in recent years was Left Bank Books on Euclid in St. Louis.
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:23 PM   #7
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Smashwords' library of books-you've-added/books-you've-purchased is awful; a single column of ALL THE BOOKS in purchase order. When I had bought 10 books from them, that was fine. With over 50 added and over 70 purchases, I can't find anything unless I already remember it; there's no re-sorting by genre or author or even title.
I vaguely recall Kobo is like that, too? That's one thing that keeps my from them -- I like my B&N sorting options.
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:25 PM   #8
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Fictionwise. I really like the search engine and I find the site layout to be pretty functional and helpful in finding books. Multi-format is great. Being able to download a sizable chunk of your library in one go (zipped) in your preferred format of choice is pretty awesome. To me, Fictionwise feels more like a library while the others are more akin to a book store.
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:29 PM   #9
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Sony is my forst choice, but I buy where the price is best. So far that has been Sony and Kobo for the (few) titles I have bought.
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:43 PM   #10
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:17 PM   #11
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:27 PM   #12
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All things being equal I had been buying from Kobo as support/thanks for when they do offer coupons. Not so much these days but I'm still going there out of habit.
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:27 PM   #13
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Given the conditions in the poll, I'd buy from webscriptions or from the author's own store. (So I chose 'other'.)

DRM-free, and more of the money gets to the author. Oh, and getting multi-format helps too.
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Given the conditions in the poll, I'd buy from webscriptions or from the author's own store. (So I chose 'other'.)

DRM-free, and more of the money gets to the author. Oh, and getting multi-format helps too.
Yeah, I chewed on my lip re: Baen and the like. I'll buy from Baen first every time, but I can't really include them in a "selections being equal and all" poll because they're a niche store. Time for another poll, maybe!
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I go with Barnes & Noble for one simple reason: money. I have a Discover credit card, and I get 10-15% cashback on B&N purchases including ebooks from the Nook store. Similarly, I can spend my cashback bonuses on gift certificates for B&N ($45 buys $50, or a 10% discount, and they just added electronic certificates so I no longer have to wait two weeks to get physical cards in the mail), which in turn give me cashback again when I spend them. I'm surprised that works, but I guess because I have my Discover Card as my primary payment instrument and I enter the site from Discover's cashback portal they give me the money even though I buy using a gift card. I'm essentially getting a 20-25% discount depending on if cashback is 10% or 15% in a given month, and spending money on other things gets me free money for ebooks. Out of all the books I've purchased at the Nook store, I've spent non-cashback gift card money maybe twice.

If it weren't for that, I don't think I'd have a store preference. All DRM for the listed stores is easily broken, so I'd shop around and buy wherever the prices are lowest (for agency books I'd probably stick to Amazon or B&N, preferring B&N for epub).
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