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Old 07-18-2013, 04:54 AM   #1
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Revamped Kobo bookstore?

I was surprised today to discover that the Kobo book store appears to have had a makeover.
Anyone else noticed?
Any comments for or against?
It appears to me to have gone the B&N Nook route of display.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:22 AM   #2
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In terms of look and feel it seems ok. Need to use it for a while to see if they've improved the utility.

Here's hoping the search is better.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:08 AM   #3
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There is a filter for "Items Eligible For Promo Codes" -- excellent.

There no longer seems to be any indication whether a book is DRM-free -- terrible.

(I'm looking at th Kobo UK site, my local site hasn't had the update yet.)
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:48 AM   #4
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That's odd, I'm in the UK and don't see anything different.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:28 AM   #5
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Me too - no difference in the UK site from here . ..
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:44 AM   #6
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Keeps flicking in and out (and has done for me for the last few weeks), looks to me more like it is a mobile version that is appearing on the desktop site, I was hoping it was going to go away. Doesn't give the author, publisher or book description in the search results making it a right PITA. Also no way to mark recommendations as read etc that I can see.
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:59 PM   #7
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I think they're beta testing the new site.

I first got it on June 25 - which I only know because I posted a thread about it here, but at the time not many people had it yet. My husband doesn't have the new site on his account, though. I heard from one person in California who said they had it, but others don't.

I really like the changes. It seems like they've improved search, and I like that browsing is now similar to browsing on Pinterest. I never used to browse on the old site.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:03 PM   #8
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No longer lists DRM vs DRM-free. Terrible...now I can't buy books from them. (I'm one of those apparently useless Linux users.)

I want to just buy and download (DRM-free only), now I can't do that.

The "Kobo for web" option is terrible, hangs in Firefox.

More $$$ for Smashwords if they don't fix this.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:11 PM   #9
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No longer lists DRM vs DRM-free. Terrible...now I can't buy books from them. (I'm one of those apparently useless Linux users.)

I want to just buy and download (DRM-free only), now I can't do that.
They don't list if a book download is ePub or PDF anymore either nor come to think of it if a book even has a download (besided kePub to their devices). It's fairly rare, but sometimes there are books with no ePub or PDF download option at all. Am I just missing seeing the download options?


For example from this thread we know that this book has no ePub or PDF download. Can't tell that with the new layout, because no books indicate download options.

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Old 07-18-2013, 08:21 PM   #10
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If you save a preview of a book that interests you the library preview will tell you the download options, including whether or not the book is DRM free.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:30 PM   #11
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When I scroll down the page for a book, over on the right hand side I see a section
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eBook Information

Imprint: Mulholland Books
ISBN: 9780316206860
Language: English
Download options: Adobe DRM EPUB
Surely this is showing me the format and DRM info?
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:52 PM   #12
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When I scroll down the page for a book, over on the right hand side I see a section


Surely this is showing me the format and DRM info?
Are you seeing the new site or the old? Your description sounds like how things look/looked on the old site.

The product info for that book on the new site gives...
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PRODUCT INFO
Little, Brown and Company, April 2013
Imprint:Mulholland Books
ISBN:9780316206860
Language:English
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:16 PM   #13
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Here are some screen shots of the new site for those who don't know what we are talking about...
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thanks Geoff, I am still seeing the old site - lack of indication of format is awful! I think we should all harass people on the chat to find out about formats, maybe they will then revert back to showing it!
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