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Old 05-28-2010, 07:21 PM   #1
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I have just purchased a Kobo and have been goggling the world looking for good digital bookstores. I am more interested in Non Fiction books and have not yet found any good sites that have a large range of books in the Non Fiction Category.
Can forum people please give me some suggestions for good online sellers of books preferably in the ePub format of both fiction and non-fiction ebooks. I am not sure about Amazon are digital books purchased from them usable on non Kindle devices. From a quick look it appears they are locked into Kindle only readers.
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Old 05-28-2010, 07:42 PM   #2
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Mobileread has a nice collection of public domain books and some people release more current things under creative commons on feedbooks, cheaps multi-format and no drm science fiction can be gotten from baen beyond that look in the deals section you'll find plenty of ebook stores by just watching their sales.
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I do believe most Kindle books are locked into Kindle readers. Other sources for books, though, are MobileRead itself, as well as Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page). Also, keep an eye on Inkmesh (http://inkmesh.com/free-ebooks/) - you can sort free book offerings by source, as well as search for titles you'd like to buy.
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Sorry I did not make myself clear. I intend to pay for any books that I want. While there is a range of free stuff the kind of content I want would require payment so no problem with paying just need some decent online sellers
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Can forum people please give me some suggestions for good online sellers of books preferably in the ePub format of both fiction and non-fiction ebooks.
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I am not sure about Amazon are digital books purchased from them usable on non Kindle devices. From a quick look it appears they are locked into Kindle only readers.
They can only be used on Kindle's or PC's, Mac's, Blackberrys, iPhone/Touch with the Kindle app unless their DRM is removed and they're converted.
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Old 05-28-2010, 09:10 PM   #6
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Thanks for all your advice unfortunately I am prohibited from buying from any of the commercial sources because of the mafia that controls the International Book Trade. I tried four sites and all allowed me to select a book and go right through to recording my credit card details and then they throw up a warning saying we are prohibited from selling this book in New Zealand. I have spent a lifetime fighting this stupidity with physical books were because of the way publishers divide the world up into zones and refuse to sell to anyone not in their zone.
I wouldn't mind so much if we had access to online stores in New Zealand but the only one is aligned to Kobo books and they have next to nothing in their inventory.
So here I am with a brand new reader and I cannot get any new books for it.
Are any other new Zealand readers having similar problems
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It almost sounds like the publishers want to encourage people to use the darknet.
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It almost sounds like the publishers want to encourage people to use the darknet.
Actually they just want you to buy dead tree books so they don't have to make any changes to their buisness at all. Much easier than just keeping up with the times.
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Thanks for all your advice unfortunately I am prohibited from buying from any of the commercial sources because of the mafia that controls the International Book Trade. I tried four sites and all allowed me to select a book and go right through to recording my credit card details and then they throw up a warning saying we are prohibited from selling this book in New Zealand. I have spent a lifetime fighting this stupidity with physical books were because of the way publishers divide the world up into zones and refuse to sell to anyone not in their zone.
I wouldn't mind so much if we had access to online stores in New Zealand but the only one is aligned to Kobo books and they have next to nothing in their inventory.
So here I am with a brand new reader and I cannot get any new books for it.
Are any other new Zealand readers having similar problems
I live in Australia, and share your rage.

Have you tried Read Without Paper at http://www.readwithoutpaper.com/ ? It's an Australian store, and they do at least tell you on the front page if there are restrictions.

I was able to buy a book I couldn't get overseas from Borders Australia at http://www.borders.com.au/

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Old 05-29-2010, 03:44 AM   #10
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Thanks for the Australian site I will add it to my list of ebook sellers. I finally found a site that would let me download the book I wanted (wont say their name in case it rebounds on them) So it looks as if you keep trying you can find someone to sell. I was almost comtemplating putting in a USA address to try and fool sites but fortunately I did not need to
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