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Old 04-20-2012, 01:26 PM   #1
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Kobos terms of service

Here's something I found at the end of their terms of service:
"With respect to Registered Users who utilize a Kobo eReader device, Kobo reserves the right to display advertisements and offers on your device. These advertisements and offers may be displayed when the device is powered off or in sleep mode, at the bottom of the home screen, as a screensaver, or through other areas in the user interface as Kobo may choose.

Kobo reserves the right to alter the software of any Kobo eReader device, including enhancements, bug fixes, etc., at any time and in Kobo's sole discretion."

Does the Kobo show ads when powered off? If not it looks like they have the right to update the firmware to do that.
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:46 PM   #2
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No, most of them don't. There is a Kobo Touch version with "special offers" concept sold only in the U.S. that does have and I suspect this is in the T.O.S. to cover that. There would be a rather huge revolt/lawsuits if they ever tried to add it to any of the other firmware updates, so I wouldn't be too worried about that happening.
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:31 PM   #3
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No, most of them don't. There is a Kobo Touch version with "special offers" concept sold only in the U.S. that does have and I suspect this is in the T.O.S. to cover that.
Also covers the advertisements at the bottom of the screen - euphemistically called "recommendations".
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Old 04-21-2012, 12:13 AM   #4
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Also covers the advertisements at the bottom of the screen - euphemistically called "recommendations".
Do you have to keep doing this?

The bar can be turned into a list of the books in your library, they aren't forcing book recommendations on you.
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Do you have to keep doing this?

The bar can be turned into a list of the books in your library, they aren't forcing book recommendations on you.
I have the US KT with ads and yes they show up when the device is powered off.

I also see the recommendations at the bottom of the screen when I power up along with the books I am reading displayed above them.

So I would liketo know how to change those recommendations into a list of my library books if this is possible as you say.

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Old 04-21-2012, 06:32 AM   #6
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So I would liketo know how to change those recommendations into a list of my library books if this is possible as you say.
On my kobo touch, on the home screen, touch and hold on the words 'recommended for you' and a pop up box appears giving me four options of what to display here: Recommended for you, Featured, New Releases, Shortlist. Choose 'Shortlist' and you will see any books in your library which you have heart-ed. If you have heart-ed none, you see a line of empty book icons.

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Old 04-21-2012, 10:46 AM   #7
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No, most of them don't. There is a Kobo Touch version with "special offers" concept sold only in the U.S. that does have and I suspect this is in the T.O.S. to cover that. There would be a rather huge revolt/lawsuits if they ever tried to add it to any of the other firmware updates, so I wouldn't be too worried about that happening.
That's probably true. Still, I wouldn't want to own a device with such term.
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Old 04-21-2012, 10:55 AM   #8
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That's probably true. Still, I wouldn't want to own a device with such term.
That's a fair comment, but most terms of service have weasel words that allow them to changes the terms of service, even if it's not there now, so I think you're likely relying on public pressure to avoid it being added retroactively any way you look at it.

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Old 04-22-2012, 01:56 PM   #9
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Wow, thanks for the recommendations alternative.
Was tired of looking at them.

Note: If you have purchased a recommendation, and it's still under recommended, it links to the purchased book.

But, I still wonder how I managed to buy the same book twice!?!
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But, I still wonder how I managed to buy the same book twice!?!
Perhaps different editions? I've seen the same book from two different publishers several times. I have a horrible feeling that I will likely follow in your footsteps one day for just that reason.
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Perhaps different editions? I've seen the same book from two different publishers several times. I have a horrible feeling that I will likely follow in your footsteps one day for just that reason.
I agree, I've seen a few editions @ different price points!

But, it turns out it was exactly the same?
I was told, it was listed @ 0.99c @ X-mas, then pulled by the publisher,
and THEN relisted @ a HIGHER price? AND I bought it AGAIN @ $2.99
I think the issue was a diferrent ISBN#?
I was assured this is a VERY rare incident, Sqdancer, so I hope you don't have to go thru the frustration.
Or it happens on a free book!

Oh well. I finally rec'd a store credit. Prolly wouldn't have happened if it wouldn't have still been on my reccomended list!
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