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Old 09-16-2010, 09:04 PM   #1
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Whitcoulls in New Zealand

I've been in a few Whitcoulls stores in Auckland recently and was pleased to see that they all seem to have stepped up their Kobo marketing. They all had stands showing off the Kobo, along with a list of the 100 free books that come with the Kobo, and offers of a demo of the unit by asking a staff member.

Whitcoulls in the Albany Mega Centre even had a comparison table of the Kobo vs other e-readers, and they were also selling silicon gel covers (the first I've seen for sale in NZ, but unfortunately they only had bright red).

Well done Whitcoulls!
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Old 09-16-2010, 10:39 PM   #2
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Moffattm, good to see. Pity their selection of ebooks is so poor and so expensive. I have only bought one book through them, the rest I buy through kobobooks or Book Depository
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Old 09-17-2010, 01:07 AM   #3
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Yup, I've only bought a few books but I've bought them through KoboBooks because I've used their discount codes.

Whitcoulls have also dropped the price to NZ$249. I'm sure it will be down to $199 at Christmas.
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Old 09-18-2010, 04:49 AM   #4
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Are they still selling those with the problems with fonts and battery life first announced in June? Don't buy unless they have firmware 1.4 installed. Ask about after sales service - they may be the only NZ retail ebook reader but unless they are prepared to help users upgrade, may be better to buy offshore.
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Old 09-18-2010, 05:28 AM   #5
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Good to see NZ getting an even break at long last Mofattm. Best wishes. Neil
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Old 09-18-2010, 01:53 PM   #6
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Yup, I've only bought a few books but I've bought them through KoboBooks because I've used their discount codes.

Whitcoulls have also dropped the price to NZ$249. I'm sure it will be down to $199 at Christmas.
you can use a Whitcoulls-bought Kobo eReader to sync your Kobo-bought books. You just need to use the Kobo Desktop application, not the Whitcoulls application.
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Old 09-19-2010, 02:15 AM   #7
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Yup, I've only bought a few books but I've bought them through KoboBooks because I've used their discount codes.

Whitcoulls have also dropped the price to NZ$249. I'm sure it will be down to $199 at Christmas.
Where do you get the discount codes from? I am signed up to receive emails from kobobooks but haven't received anything from them ever - and I bought my kobo in July.
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you can use a Whitcoulls-bought Kobo eReader to sync your Kobo-bought books. You just need to use the Kobo Desktop application, not the Whitcoulls application.
Does this apply even if you have already purchased some books with the Whitcoulls application? Will both the Whitcoulls and the KoboBooks titles be present in the reader?

However, I probably won't be buying any more ebooks until there is some way of determining whether an ebook (non-fiction) includes the original illustrations, diagrams, tables, etc. None of the ones I've bought so far have included illustrations, making the reader somewhat less than ideal.
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Old 09-20-2010, 12:36 AM   #9
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Where do you get the discount codes from? I am signed up to receive emails from kobobooks but haven't received anything from them ever - and I bought my kobo in July.
Kobo have sent me one discount code in the past, but I've found others by people mentioning them on this forum. Have a look at http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=96044
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Are they still selling those with the problems with fonts and battery life first announced in June? Don't buy unless they have firmware 1.4 installed. Ask about after sales service - they may be the only NZ retail ebook reader but unless they are prepared to help users upgrade, may be better to buy offshore.
At NZ prices, you could afford to ship it back and forth overseas a few times for upgrades, etc., and still save money.
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Artig, I was surprised by kobo's post about running the two aps together. I had read that you could only run one. When I buy books from kobobooks I use ADE to sync them to my reader. I only use the Whitcoulls ap for Whitcoulls books (which is now never for me as they are too expensive).

I'd be interested to see if any other NZ'ers are running the Kobo ap instead of or as well as the Whitcoulls one.
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I'm running the Kobo app and Calibre. I've got ADE installed but hardly ever use it. I never installed the Whitcoulls app at all.
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Reluctantly, after advice from the Kobo helpdesk, I've now installed ADE and downloaded the books purchased from Whitcoulls in ePub format. In ePub format the books now have the diagrams and illustrations. It's only the Kobo native format that does not include these. Until it's updated so illustrations are included it will be goodbye Whitcoulls/Kobo desktop app.

At the same time I got Calibre installed and connected to the Kobo.

My main complaint with the ePub/ADE format is that the text lines are now justified, and the fonts and line spacing make it more difficult to read. But I'll learn to live with that.
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Thanks for this Artig. One thing that annoyed me about Whitcoulls was that I did not have the actual epub file - it was saved in the "cloud" under "My Library". However, after reading your post I went back onto their website to my library and I saw a very small link allowing you to download the file into ADE. So I have done this for the books I have bought off them, meaning I now have the files.

The one I had loaded via the Whitcoulls cloud has a cover image, but no pictures inside. The EPUB has no cover image but has pictures inside! How does all that work?
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Reluctantly, after advice from the Kobo helpdesk, I've now installed ADE and downloaded the books purchased from Whitcoulls in ePub format. In ePub format the books now have the diagrams and illustrations. It's only the Kobo native format that does not include these.
"Kobo native format" isn't epub? AFAIK it only does epub and pdf, ne?
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