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Old 07-23-2012, 02:12 PM   #1
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Amazon no longer sells ePubs in favour of Kindle eBooks

I have just had a heated conversation with Amazon.co.uk (23 July 2012) - they actually telephoned me after I made a complaint - and they were quite clear that they only sell Kindle eBooks - so no more ePubs or similar.

AND, the Kindle eBooks they sell can only be read on a Kindle device or using a Kindle eReader app. So you can't copy them into Calibre (eg) and convert to ePub (etc).

Apparently, they don't care about alienating a whole section of the internet buying public.
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:18 PM   #2
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That's crazy! Bit small minded?

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Old 07-23-2012, 02:25 PM   #3
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I have just had a heated conversation with Amazon.co.uk (23 July 2012) - they actually telephoned me after I made a complaint - and they were quite clear that they only sell Kindle eBooks - so no more ePubs or similar.
They've never sold ePubs and they haven't sold other formats since before the Kindle first launched.


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AND, the Kindle eBooks they sell can only be read on a Kindle device or using a Kindle eReader app. So you can't copy them into Calibre (eg) and convert to ePub (etc).
The 'official line' has always been that you need a Kindle device/app to read Kindle books. That doesn't mean you can't put them in Calibre for conversion, just that Amazon isn't going to support it being done.
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:27 PM   #4
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Glad you put the record straight Brian.
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:41 PM   #5
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Are you referring to The Book Depository? They recently ceased selling ePub.
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:22 PM   #6
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I have just had a heated conversation with Amazon.co.uk (23 July 2012) - they actually telephoned me after I made a complaint - and they were quite clear that they only sell Kindle eBooks - so no more ePubs or similar.

AND, the Kindle eBooks they sell can only be read on a Kindle device or using a Kindle eReader app. So you can't copy them into Calibre (eg) and convert to ePub (etc).

Apparently, they don't care about alienating a whole section of the internet buying public.
What on Earth are you talking about? Amazon have NEVER sold ePub books. Are you suggesting that they have?
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:08 PM   #7
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Amazon is now selling Kindle ebooks you say? Nice I'm glad they started doing that.
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:28 PM   #8
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Are you referring to The Book Depository? They recently ceased selling ePub.
That would make sense. Amazon bought that too. They are attempting to kill off anything ereaderish that is not Kindle.
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:08 PM   #9
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Old 08-02-2012, 06:25 PM   #10
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I don't mean to laugh at your expense, but I would love to have heard that conversation
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Old 08-14-2012, 11:46 AM   #11
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Good thing it was a phone conversation with a person far far away. I wouldn't want to come across this person I argued with as I walk the mall or something. haha.
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:41 PM   #12
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They've never sold ePubs and they haven't sold other formats since before the Kindle first launched.
Not so. Amazon now sells KF8 for compatible devices/apps.
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:42 PM   #13
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My guess is that Wyndham is too embarrassed to come back to this thread to admit his mistake.
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:36 PM   #14
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that is quite possible. Let's cut him some slack. Everyone makes mistakes.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:01 AM   #15
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Hi guys.

I'm not embarrassed at all. I had assumed Amazon had previously sold ePubs which was wrong - obviously, in retrospect - but the problem with Amazon's attitude remains unfortunately true.

I never went away and was just enjoying watching the conversation
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