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Old 07-11-2010, 03:49 AM   #1
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Where Do You Get Your Books? (A Survey)

Thought it might be interesting to discuss where we all get our ebooks from.

I know a lot of people buy them through Borders/Kobo or another store, some use a library, and some of us have special internet friends with eye-patches that let us download copies of their books for free.

So which way do you do it?

If you have a particular site you use and have found to be good please feel free to share!
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Old 07-11-2010, 04:09 AM   #2
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I've found the book depository (www.bookdepository.co.uk) to be a very nice site with good prices and a large range of SF which is sorely lacking in the Aussie online stores.

Baen books http://www.baen.com/ is the home of good online SF

A lot of the other big US sites are useless for Aussies since there seem to be irritating publisher related geographical restrictions.
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Old 07-11-2010, 04:25 AM   #3
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I get my ebooks where I can...

Diesel
Fictionwise
Smashwords
Baen
Double Dragon et al

It is difficult at some sites to get past geographic restrictions but not impossible given enough perseverance.

Baen is the shining light if you like SFF books. Low prices, no DRM, no GR and any format ebook downloading
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Old 07-11-2010, 05:10 AM   #4
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All sorts of places, just tend to poke about on the internet looking for epub/ebook sites. Plenty of rubbish, plenty of good stuff. I have bought one book from the kobo store but it was extremely disappointing in its quality (and of course I don't have the epub file so haven't really 'bought' it at all as it might disappear any time). Very interested to see what replies others come up with...
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Old 07-11-2010, 05:16 AM   #5
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Ditto, there are some really good sites around with epub's etc...
I bought two from the borders.com.au store but as I said in another thread, they are DRM'ed and I cannot read them because it seems only the borders application will allow me to see them and sync them to my reader, and I'm on the latest 1.4 firmware so apparently that isn't compatible with the borders.com.au software yet...
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Old 07-11-2010, 05:22 AM   #6
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Old 07-11-2010, 05:32 AM   #7
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Old 07-11-2010, 09:23 AM   #8
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Other than the stores already mentioned, I have also been following the free book threads in the Deals section and have downloaded free books from both Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and www.bewrite.net. My first purchase was from Kobobooks.com (Dust of Dreams).
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Old 07-11-2010, 09:35 AM   #9
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I've been tracking where I get my books with Goodreads. I definitely now read more e than p -- most of the print books I read, I pull off my own shelves. Most of my purchases are from Amazon and most of my free downloads are from Feedbooks, although I have bought from Kobo and downloaded free stuff from Smashwords as well.

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Old 07-11-2010, 09:36 AM   #10
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Yep, I get my books from multiple sources. I usually look around for the best price and go from there. I have purchased from Smashwords and Fictionwise mostly. As well, I have grabbed free stuff from Baen, Gutenberg, and many other sources. When all of the above have let me down, I have sailed into the darknet to find what I seek.

I have also used my local library but find they are really slow to get newer titles and the wait times on anything popular is insane. I have considered grabbing an international membership for the Philadelphia Free Libary at $15 U.S. but haven't done so yet.

Regardless of where I get my books, I strip the DRM to ensure my purchases are safe. With the exception of the library books of course.
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Old 07-11-2010, 09:46 AM   #11
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best spot to find e-books: inkmesh.com - i usually only grab the free stuff, but you can find $5 books sometimes.
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Old 07-11-2010, 10:03 AM   #12
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I just discovered inkmesh and was amazed. It returned every location of my own books -- and all the titles by a few indie authors I know. Very impressive.
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Old 07-11-2010, 05:36 PM   #13
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I am new to all this ...So just Amazon, Borders, Smash--- (for a participant here's book, Risen) ... and I am not gonna say where I found a copy of "To Kill a Mockingbird" yesterday.

Need to add BeWrite Books at http://bewrite.net/ - a couple of very intriguing titles there!

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Old 07-11-2010, 10:35 PM   #14
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I must be a heathen... i just use the kobo store.
I can't be arsed with using like, 3-5 different programs just to get something readable and then onto my kobo. At least i know the stuff from the kobo site is going to work straight off the bat, even if it is slow off the mark.
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Old 07-11-2010, 10:48 PM   #15
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>> ... I must be a heathen ...

YES, you HEATHEN! (grin) Add me to your "I am a Kobo heathen" bumper sticker mailing list, please.

I have only been involved with the Internet for about 25 years. My wife is pleased with her Kindle 2 that I bought her as a Christmas present last year (we've been married 20 years, so giving each other "hardware" items is OK ... although I do NOT recommend newlyweds give each other hardware (nor software) gifts in their first ten years of wedded bliss). And, honestly, I was JUST thinking to myself ...

Should I feel guilty for enjoying my Kobo as much as I am?

You know what's next: "Clint, you could have WiFi and a easily-replaceable battery with a Nook!" Or, "Dude, just save up an amount the same as totaling three or four online books, and purchase another Kindle2."

And I bought my Kobo (or is it, "kobo"?) sight un-seen - a Borders US pre-sale for arrival last month.

I dunno ... maybe it's the Pina Coladas talkin' tonight ... But I am enjoying my Kobo and the "growing pains" that we've experienced the past month. I cannot IMAGINE Amazon.com being as receptive and transparent as the fine folks at Kobo corporate have been for us this past month. My Kobo lets me read my purchased books and the .pdf docs I have loaded onto my SD card without failure. Do I NEED WiFi? If I leave the house with my Kobo, is there really going to be a scenario where I run into someone who tells me, "You absolutely gotta purchase this book - it's a killer!" while I am on vacation?

OK, so the Pina Coladas ARE typing ...

Long live Kobo.

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