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Old 05-29-2010, 12:00 PM   #1
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Where do you buy your e-books?

Hello all,

I'm trying to learn as much as possible about e-books and e-bookstores. I know the iPad accesses the ibookstore, and the Kindle accesses the Amazon store. Same with the Sony and Nook with their respective stores. But can you buy books elsewhere with these devices or are you limited to just those places? Who, for instance, buys from Fictionwise, Mobi, Omnilit, or all the other e-bookstores I discovered in my internet travels?

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Old 05-29-2010, 12:04 PM   #2
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Old 05-29-2010, 12:53 PM   #3
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Old 05-29-2010, 01:22 PM   #4
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At the moment, Baen Books followed by Sony, followed by Amazon. I have a Sony 505, an iPad and an iPhone. I do most of my reading now on the iPad. You have to strip the drm to by from Sony and Amazon, but if you can run a python script, it's fairly straight forward.
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Old 05-29-2010, 01:30 PM   #5
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I've been buying e-books from both the Sony store and Kobo, depending a bit on their relative prices and availability of specific titles. Borders is supposed to be opening up an e-book store in June, and I'm hoping to be able to buy from them, as I've been a loyal Borders customer of dead tree books in the past. (Depends on their pricing and how/whether they want to control geographical restrictions...)
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Old 05-29-2010, 01:52 PM   #6
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Old 05-29-2010, 02:09 PM   #7
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I'm getting them from everywhere with the luxury of so many apps. I love the freedom that my iPad gives. I never could dredge up the energy to get good at conversions. Now I don't have to.
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Old 05-29-2010, 02:25 PM   #8
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I used to buy from Fictionwise, but they are pretty terrible now. I mostly buy from Kobo for the time being. Sometimes from Sony. Easy to get on the iPad from Kobo since they have an app. I also 'liberate' books from other sources and really can get anything on there if I want to. But I prefer to read on the Kindle so I am not too concerned with how to get books on the iPad
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Old 05-29-2010, 03:18 PM   #9
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Thanks for all your responses. So are you saying it doesn't matter which device you have? You can buy books from anywhere if you have an app for it?

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Old 05-29-2010, 03:21 PM   #10
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I read most of my ebooks at home on my computer. My go to is Smashwords, but occasionally I will blow the dust off my kindle and get something from Amazon.
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Thanks for all your responses. So are you saying it doesn't matter which device you have? You can buy books from anywhere if you have an app for it?

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It does matter which device you have. If you have an iPad, you can choose from lots of different apps. If you have a Sony Reader or Kindle, you are limited to the formats they support.
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Thanks for all your responses. So are you saying it doesn't matter which device you have? You can buy books from anywhere if you have an app for it?

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For ebook readers, it depends on the format. My Nook, and the Sony I used to have, both read the epub format, so they can read any book in that format, no matter where it was bought from. Stores will tell you what format you're buying, and will often give you a choice between formats, so you just have to make sure you're buying a format that your reader can read.

(The B&N store is the exception to this - its books can only be read on the Nook, not on any other reader that reads the epub format.)

If you're reading on a phone or an iPad, different stores will have apps that let you read their books. (I don't know if there's a way to read books from stores that don't offer apps.)
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(Sorry, someone had to finally say this )

I've been getting stuff from Baen and Fictionwise. I realized that my library still exists there from when I was buying books there years ago for my eBookman, and I never read all of them on it.
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