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Old 05-26-2013, 03:36 PM   #31
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I got the same advert about the free book on their site. I read over the instructions, looked at the books offered, and just laughed. Way too many hoops to jump for books that aren't worth it.
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The fiscal year is different. For many companies, the fiscal year runs October to October. I think it has to do with matching the Federal government and its contracting periods.
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Old 05-26-2013, 04:15 PM   #33
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We're overlooking two big US bookstores that are still in competition with Amazon. Google, for one, sells ebooks and tablets to read them on.

But my favorite is the independent bookstores. You can buy eBooks through a local store's web site. The Kobo eReaders they sell over-the-counter are very nice. All the other eReaders have a similarity of look-and-feel but Kobo's are unique--in a good way too. I think that as readers we have an interest in supporting the little local bookstores, supposing you're lucky enough to have one nearby.

You can find a nearby independent bookstore through Indiebound.com. Just click on the "Find Bookstores" button to start a search for something local.

http://www.indiebound.org/
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We're overlooking two big US bookstores that are still in competition with Amazon. Google, for one, sells ebooks and tablets to read them on.

But my favorite is the independent bookstores. You can buy eBooks through a local store's web site. The Kobo eReaders they sell over-the-counter are very nice. All the other eReaders have a similarity of look-and-feel but Kobo's are unique--in a good way too. I think that as readers we have an interest in supporting the little local bookstores, supposing you're lucky enough to have one nearby.

You can find a nearby independent bookstore through Indiebound.com. Just click on the "Find Bookstores" button to start a search for something local.

http://www.indiebound.org/
The indies matter, at least in theory.
They'll matter more if the publishers switch to watermarking or, better yet, drop DRM altogether. Then they could fish in the kindle ocean. Until then, they'll be limited to the Adept DRM ecosystem and that runs in the single digits. And that is including Kobo, Sony, and Google.

By all reports the generic Adept ecosystem runs a distant fourth behind Kindle, Nook, and iBook. If Nook were to totally implode (instead of being sold and renamed) their 15% share would be fair game and the generic Adept camp would be the likely beneficiaries.

But that's jumping the gun.
Nook's share might be eroding as the market grows but their installed base remains. Poaching *that* is going to be a bit harder than capturing newcomers. My expectations are that the first device maker that brings eReader DRM support inside their gadget (and better yet, their ebookstore) is going to have a leg up on the rest of the field. Since Google doesn't have an ereader, that race is going to be run by Sony and Kobo.

In fact, if and when Nook goes up for sale Sony had better be front and center. They have wasted bigger sums on lesser efforts and their finances are actually looking sideways these days.
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Olympus deserves death.
Seriously rotten inside and run like a criminal organization.
Of all the companies on this warning list they are the most likely to fall.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/banya...lympus-scandal

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympus_scandal

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympus_scandal
O.K. hang the miscreants!

But some of us have used Olympus cameras a long time.
(Matter of fact I have quite a few.)

The only complaint I have against them is their use of the proprietary xD memory card which Fuji-film also uses. My wife has one of those cameras because I decided to be sure the cards in all the cameras would be interchangeable.

(Granted now, supposedly everyone is going to standardize on SD.).

Essentially I love the Olympus camera technology,

and I want it to survive!

(There have to be a lot of us out there too.)
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Old 05-26-2013, 06:57 PM   #36
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I have an Olympus camera that is made for underwater use. It is great. We love it.
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:02 AM   #37
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So these are the Barnes and Noble instructions to get a free Nook book:

"How to Get Your FREE NOOK Book:
"1.From this list below, choose which NOOK Book you want to purchase and which NOOK Book you want to receive for free (the free NOOK Book will be the lower-priced). Then visit any Barnes & Noble retail store.

"Print a PDF of the qualifying NOOK Books here.

"2.At checkout, the cashier will ask for your email address. Your store receipt will feature access codes for the two (2) NOOK Books, and you will receive access codes via email as well.

"3.Visit BN.COM/redeem and use your access codes to receive your purchased and free NOOK Books."


I don't understand why there are so many steps. Why should you have to visit a B&M store at all? If you get this message in your e-mail then Barnes & Noble must already have your address and should be able to give you a discount code that way.
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:10 AM   #38
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B&N is trying to drive activity in their stores. I think they figure that, if you drive all the way to a B&M store, you'll at least look around, and maybe you'll buy something else in addition to their free book.

Also note, the BOGO deal is only for selected ebooks.
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There is just no vision in that company, and some companies are like that. Go to the official Nook forum and it's so obvious. So a company with no vision aligns itself with another company with no vision. And that's suppose to work?
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B&N is trying to drive activity in their stores. I think they figure that, if you drive all the way to a B&M store, you'll at least look around, and maybe you'll buy something else in addition to their free book.
Oh, they have a deeper vision than that.

Once you drive the 30 miles to the nearest temple of literature, you will be overcome by the smell of all those pbooks and you will fall to your knees and tearfully epent your sins against literary culture and swear never to buy an ebook again.

Or so they think...
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For Amazon a proprietary DRM makes sense--no adobe tax=competitive advantage--but Nook *is* paying Adobe to support their drm anyway!
Also, Amazon doesn't try to force it's customers to do business with the evil twins microsoft and apple.
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Also, Amazon doesn't try to force it's customers to do business with the evil twins microsoft and apple.
Would you rather Nook had gone belly-up last year instead of (maybe) next year?
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Would you rather Nook had gone belly-up last year instead of (maybe) next year?
What has that got to do with copying books to reader internal storage?

I can copy books from my various computers to my kindle, pocketbook, and onyx readers. nookhd+, not so much.
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What has that got to do with copying books to reader internal storage?

I can copy books from my various computers to my kindle, pocketbook, and onyx readers. nookhd+, not so much.
And what does that have to do with Apple and Microsoft?
That might be a Nook design decision but without some explanation it might be a non-sequitor to bring the oh-so-eeeevile ones into the conversation.
It certainly is none of their doing if Riggio and company think making ebook buyers jump through B&M hoops is going to earn them any extra retail business.
Other than MS throwing a truckload of cash at Nook, last year, they are not involved in this slomo trainwreck.

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What has that got to do with copying books to reader internal storage?

I can copy books from my various computers to my kindle, pocketbook, and onyx readers. nookhd+, not so much.
Really, because I can do it just fine using the cord it came with, dropbox, or with the calibre server. Not to mention a sd card that expands my HD+'s memory. I cannot figure out your problem. Please explain.
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