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Old 07-07-2010, 05:58 PM   #31
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Does anyone know if tax is applied to the price you see at borders, or is the price listed the actual price you pay?
Tax is added according to your zip code.
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Old 07-07-2010, 06:11 PM   #32
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I don't know why these stores don't make Kindle compatible files... oh well... back to Amazon to buy some ebooks...

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I guess for the same reason Amazon doesn't make ePub compatible files ...

Would love to buy from Amazon's terrific selection if they supported ePub and allowed me to download my books and keep them safe like I can with ePubs I archive on my PC and have available for reading on my Sony PRS-505!

In the meantime, guess I'll just have to buy from Borders, Sony, Smashwords, BoB, Diesel and the many others out there who are adopting the industry standard that can be read by a variety of eReader hardware and software.

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Old 07-07-2010, 07:04 PM   #33
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They are cheaper than the Sony store for some books I've recently bought, dammit!
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:22 PM   #34
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does this mean we see a Sony android app soon?

barnes and noble dropped theirs, then kindle, now borders, wish sony would do something
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:54 PM   #35
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And yes - some big gaps - for ex. no Martha Grimes - a number of Penguin titles I checked weren't there - more "negotiations"?
It seems that many of the fiction books (I didn't look for non-fiction) are only searchable by title, not by author. I found Martha Grimes titles Foul Matter, The Blue Last, The Lamorna Wink, and The Grave Maurice but only by putting in the title.

I had noticed this earlier when I was comparison shopping for S.M. Stirling's "Change" novels. None of his titles came up when I put Stirling in the search field, but most did come up if I knew the name of the book.

If I can't find a book by the author's name I'm more likely to stick with Kobo and Sony, which do have them cross-indexed by author.
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Old 07-08-2010, 01:36 AM   #36
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I don't know why these stores don't make Kindle compatible files... oh well... back to Amazon to buy some ebooks.BOb
Perhaps because the only other company who can officially encrypt .prc files is Mobipocket. And now guess who own Mobipocket ever since 2005.

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like netflicks but not iTunes.
Under which rock have you slept the last what two years or so? T bring you up to current affairs: iTunes songs come now without DRM and with standard mp4 format [1].

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Am I missing something, or does the listing for "Morning Star by Wilkie Collins" show a cover indicating it's by H. Rider Haggard?
Yes, it does. I'm sure Collins and Haggard are both surprised.
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does this mean we see a Sony android app soon?
What for?

http://www.androlib.com/android.appl...diko-jmEC.aspx

http://www.androlib.com/android.appl...droid-xwz.aspx

http://www.androlib.com/android.appl...ader-pjjA.aspx

http://de.androlib.com/android.appli...layer-xtj.aspx

There are so many book readers already for Android. Ahh, you mean because of DRM? Then why not iRiver, iRex, Barnes & Noble or any other company who (officially) knows how to decrypt ADE?

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Old 07-08-2010, 05:23 AM   #40
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Yes, it does. I'm sure Collins and Haggard are both surprised.
I'm sure Haggard would be ....
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Old 07-08-2010, 07:15 AM   #41
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So do I have to download the Borders app in order to purchase books from Borders? I don't have to download any additional software (outside ADE) for Kobo's bookstore. I find the fact that I have to download software from each store in order to buy from it beyond annoying.
I bought a book, it asked me to use Adobe Digital Editions. I already had it. I downloaded the book and immediately cleaned it up with ineptepub and it works great on in iBooks on my iPad and iPhone

It's good to have another choice at least. Whether it will make any difference... I don't really care!
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Old 07-08-2010, 07:38 AM   #42
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You really don't need their software to purchase the book, all you need Adobe Digital Edition. You can purchase it via the web and that's great. You need the Adobe software to download the book after purchase, I actually had a choice of which software to use (using a Firefox Browser) and chose the Sony Reader software to download the book.

I have screen shots and a brief tutorial for the Sony Reader Owners (Should also work for the Nook owners.)

http://sonyreaderboards.com/index.cg...lay&thread=626

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Old 07-08-2010, 10:59 AM   #43
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Thanks zacheryjensen and Lilly! The instructions on their website tell you to download the Borders software. Glad to hear that this is not necessary.
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:17 AM   #44
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"Would love to buy from Amazon's terrific selection if they supported ePub and allowed me to download my books and keep them safe like I can with ePubs I archive on my PC and have available for reading on my Sony PRS-505!"

If you shop Amazon, scroll down to where it says:

Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

If you see these words, the Kindle file is DRM-free. You can download the file to your computer, "add" the book to calibre and convert it to ePub.

When I uploaded Risen for Kindle, I had the option to apply DRM or not and chose not to. I assume that other publishers have this option as well, so I would blame them for using the DRM that cripples your use of the books you've bought.

It's too bad that bookstores are locked in this "Beta vs. VHS" type of format war, but it seems that corporations are incapable of learning from history. They are like dogs that have to growl and snap at one another for awhile before sorting it out and learning to peacefully coexist to their mutual benefit.
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Old 07-08-2010, 11:53 AM   #45
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I went to the new Borders Ebook store yesterday and bought a book (cheap) to see if it worked with my Sony 505. I see no substantive difference between what I downloaded (Stephen King's The Colorado Kid) and the others I have purchased from the Sony site. I did this because some (I have not done an exhaustive search by any means) of the Borders books appear to be cheaper (e.g., Lee Child's Enemy 8.99 at Sony, 7.79 at Borders) while others are identical. I routinely get percentage off coupons from Borders through email that always exclude ebooks. I am assuming (hoping) that with the new store I will begin to see percentage off coupons for the Borders ebook site that will make it cheaper to buy there.
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