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Old 05-14-2020, 05:53 PM   #1
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Kobo is becoming my go to store...

For buying DRM free ebooks Kobo is now my go to store. Kobo allows direct downloading of DRM free ebooks. No need for Kobo software or third party software.

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So do Smashwords and Google Play.
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It's a really good store, for both DRM-free and DRM-locked titles, and its price-match guarantee (which actually beats a competitor's price by 10%) really works. And for Calibre users, it's one of the better sources for ebook covers, often having a higher-resolution version than Amazon does.
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Old 05-15-2020, 09:39 PM   #4
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For buying DRM free ebooks Kobo is now my go to store. Kobo allows direct downloading of DRM free ebooks. No need for Kobo software or third party software.
Just out of curiosity, how do you find DRM free books on Kobo's Store?
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Old 05-15-2020, 10:17 PM   #5
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And for Calibre users, it's one of the better sources for ebook covers, often having a higher-resolution version than Amazon does.
How do you add the Kobo Store to Calibre so to get the covers?

I only have Google and Amazon multiple countries as extra plugins.
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Old 05-15-2020, 10:37 PM   #6
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How do you add the Kobo Store to Calibre so to get the covers?

I only have Google and Amazon multiple countries as extra plugins.
You want the Kobo Books metadata source plugin. You can download that through the preferences in calibre. Go to the Plugins page and click the "Get new plugins" button. That will display the list of available plugins.

The size of the cover fetched is controlled by one of the calibre tweaks. The API used appears to generate a cover of the appropriate size when requested.
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Old 05-15-2020, 10:46 PM   #7
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Just out of curiosity, how do you find DRM free books on Kobo's Store?
I would say that the majority of the ebooks I buy are indie or small to medium publishers, On Amazon most have there books marked DRM free or Device Usage: Unlimited.

On Kobo look at the bottom of the book page for:


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Flying Raven Press
Release Date: June 28, 2014
ISBN: 1230000249032
Language: English
Download options: EPUB 3 (DRM-Free)

The big thing is still price but all things being equal I will go will Kobo.

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Old 05-15-2020, 11:18 PM   #8
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Just out of curiosity, how do you find DRM free books on Kobo's Store?
For the most part, I don't notice until I download the book. At that time, I get either a weirdly named .epub file or an Adobe Adept .acsm file. If I am concerned, I can look at the ebook details near the bottom of the page where I'll see the download options such as EPUB 3 (DRM-Free), EPUB 3 (Adobe DRM) or EPUB 2 (DRM-Free) or any other combinations they come up with.
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Old 05-16-2020, 06:45 AM   #9
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For the most part, I don't notice until I download the book. At that time, I get either a weirdly named .epub file or an Adobe Adept .acsm file. If I am concerned, I can look at the ebook details near the bottom of the page where I'll see the download options such as EPUB 3 (DRM-Free), EPUB 3 (Adobe DRM) or EPUB 2 (DRM-Free) or any other combinations they come up with.
Okay. I thought maybe there was a way to search (or filter) for DRM-free books. Thanks for the answer.
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Old 05-16-2020, 07:28 AM   #10
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Okay. I thought maybe there was a way to search (or filter) for DRM-free books. Thanks for the answer.
Star Trek, Tor, Baen are all DRM free.
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You want the Kobo Books metadata source plugin. You can download that through the preferences in calibre. Go to the Plugins page and click the "Get new plugins" button. That will display the list of available plugins.

The size of the cover fetched is controlled by one of the calibre tweaks. The API used appears to generate a cover of the appropriate size when requested.
Thanks! I’ll look into it.
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Old 05-16-2020, 01:09 PM   #12
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ebooks.com is also good i generally buy 99p books but you can sometimes find them on ebooks.com without the VAT every bit helps
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ebooks.com is also good i generally buy 99p books but you can sometimes find them on ebooks.com without the VAT every bit helps
eBooks.com can be better then Amazon (in the UK) because some ebooks.com is able ot follow the new VAT free rules much better then Amazon. No store is yet perfect but ebook.com is so much better then Amazon.

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Why does it matter whether an e-book is DRM-free or not if it's to be read on your Kobo anyway?
I'm not critisizing, I'm trying to understand why that would be important.
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Why does it matter whether an e-book is DRM-free or not if it's to be read on your Kobo anyway?
I'm not critisizing, I'm trying to understand why that would be important.
It's more about futureproofing. If Kobo went out of business, or someone else released a better ereader, DRM free mean you can read elsewhere with no fiddling needed. It also means if you want to tweak the look of the book, you can.
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