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Old 04-24-2013, 04:40 PM   #526
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Maybe we should do a Kickstarter project to earn a statue for Alf. Because of him, I can convert and read epubs on my Kindle.

Seriously. That guy can't get enough praise (assuming he created all the DRM-scripts). Without those scripts/plugins, I probably wouldn't even buy a single ebook at the bigger stores because of my "I don't buy any content that can't be unlocked"-policy.
Let's do it! (the statue idea) Thanks to Alf, I have a Kobo but never use the Kobo ecosystem. I get my books from wherever I choose - which hasn't yet been Kobo - but I read them all on my Kobo WiFi.

Oh, and a statue for the creator of Calibre, too.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:04 PM   #527
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Don't know how that would work, where would you put it?

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P.S.; You can donate to both, Kovid through the heart on calibre's main toolbar and
Alf at his Blog site.

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Old 04-24-2013, 05:09 PM   #528
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One to Amazon, one to B&N and one to Adobe.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:32 PM   #529
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"Liberating" Kobo books isn't the problem, it's their customer service when a book is faulty or cannot be downloaded. Rots of ruck with that. As I and others have posted, Kobo doesn't seem to understand legitimate complaints or is simply reluctant to resolve them. Fighting three or four months for a refund for a blank book, or one that will not download, is unacceptable.
I had a problem with a book that wouldn't download, but Kobo did give me a credit. I sent them screenshots of the error messages. Still, the back and forth emailing was annoying and went on over a week's time.
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Oh, and a statue for the creator of Calibre, too.
Of course. Maybe I should donate a few bucks to each of them. I've spend a lot of money on books, and on commercial software (for other purposes than reading). Donating some money would only be fair as these programs and plugins are free. Kovid's Calibre and Alf's De-DRM tools are essential, if you want to make sure that your stuff is organized, readable on any reader, not only now but also in the (not too distant) future. Because of this combination, it doesn't really matter if I decide for a Kindle, a Kobo, or whatever ereader may come along.

I love Calibre; except for its user interface. It's just plain ugly and many of its menu options are WAAAY too long But as we're apt to say: don't judge a book by its cover, so don't judge a program by its looks.

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Old 04-24-2013, 06:12 PM   #531
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Don't know how that would work, where would you put it?

Luck;
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P.S.; You can donate to both, Kovid through the heart on calibre's main toolbar and
Alf at his Blog site.

Hi Ken, I do not see a donate to link on Alf's Blog. Can you point me to it?
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:36 PM   #532
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A tale of dashed dreams and hopes .....

Regarding Mr. Alf and his mighty works, I managed, despite my desperate lack of tech ability, to muddle my way through to installing and using same fairly happily (just having attacks of panic every time I had to update versions!).
However, I then was talked into getting Win 8..........

I managed to install Alf's art eventually, but despite trying, wasn't successful in getting it working as it should. I find 8 cumbersome and counter-intuitive - but it's probably just me and my fading grey cells.....
I'm afraid I gave up in frustration - but am now girding me lions (loins as well) for another attempt. A looming hospital incarceration has spurred me on .....

Is there a kindly soul out there vastly more adept than me (not difficult), who has been successful with Alf & Win 8 who could help me out ? Via PM's if need be .................

P.S. Sad to say, you won't be surprised to learn I hate Win 8, despite rumours of some users actually liking it. I don't think my brain was in the right line when it came to dishing out tech no-how and adaptability ....
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:36 PM   #533
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Hi Ken, I do not see a donate to link on Alf's Blog. Can you point me to it?
I can't tell if the smiley means you're joking or not. I would be surprized if there was a donation button, since it would create an easily followed money trail to someone breaking DRM for commercial purposes. That seems like a dumb idea to me, but I could be wrong.
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:44 PM   #534
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I can't find any there either, I don't know if I am "mis-remembering" from one of the
old sites. But it makes since that he might not be able to have one. I did not intend
to mislead you.

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Old 04-24-2013, 06:50 PM   #535
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I can't find any there either, I don't know if I am "mis-remembering" from one of the
old sites. But it makes since that he might not be able to have one. I did not intend
to mislead you.

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Yes, I guess it would make sense that there would not be a donate button now that it has been explained. ( I was not joking) No Problem. I do appreciate his work.
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I haven't checked recently but Kobo books are often cheaper than Amazon for me. That turns into always cheaper when you use a coupon which I do whenever I can get my hands on at least 30% off. The only time I buy from Amazon is the rare time that they have a book that I'm interested in their daily deal for $1.99.
Ive had to contact Kobo a few times and they refunded me for one purchase because it wouldn't download or something like that. I'm perfectly happy with them.
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No way, no how are Kobo books cheaper than they are at Amazon for me.. Except with the coupon. Amazon would just price match anyway.
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No way, no how are Kobo books cheaper than they are at Amazon for me.. Except with the coupon. Amazon would just price match anyway.
Amazon only price matches within countries that have an Amazon store. When a book is cheaper at Kobo New Zealand for example, Amazon does not price match it. I find that most books I buy are a little cheaper at Kobo than Amazon even before a discount code. After discount code theay are much cheaper at Kobo.
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Amazon only price matches within countries that have an Amazon store. When a book is cheaper at Kobo New Zealand for example, Amazon does not price match it. I find that most books I buy are a little cheaper at Kobo than Amazon even before a discount code. After discount code theay are much cheaper at Kobo.
I did say "for me" in that post. Since I am in the US, I was just speaking for here.
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I did say "for me" in that post. Since I am in the US, I was just speaking for here.
Anyone can buy at Kobo New Zealand :-) Come over for an e-visit and pick up some cheap books!
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