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Old Yesterday, 08:19 AM   #661
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[s]Hmmm that seems.... unfair? Why limit OverDrive use based on Kobo account country settings; if a user has a working OverDrive account, why not allow them to use it independent of what country they choose to buy books from...[/s]

Wait, it actually makes sense. Kobo has to be able to integrate the OverDrive book borrowing in their store, which has country-dependent content...
The fact that Kobo integrates with Overdrive was a big plus for me, a reason for switching from my old PW2 to my Clara HD. Up here at the top of the world in Aotearoa, we're used to being left off maps and left out of EVERYTHING, so Kobo including us was nice. Especially when Amazon decided their fancy new PW4 was too good for us
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The fact that Kobo integrates with Overdrive was a big plus for me, a reason for switching from my old PW2 to my Clara HD. Up here at the top of the world in Aotearoa, we're used to being left off maps and left out of EVERYTHING, so Kobo including us was nice. Especially when Amazon decided their fancy new PW4 was too good for us
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I read a lot of books but Overdrive has always seemed absurd to me. You're registering for at least 2 vendor locked and privacy invading services, installing a ton of software from Adobe (noted copyright trolls and "software as a service" bait and switchers) and going through a few different vendors that will all get your personal data and reading habits. Am I misunderstanding the process - vs just going to my library and getting a book?
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I read a lot of books but Overdrive has always seemed absurd to me. You're registering for at least 2 vendor locked and privacy invading services, installing a ton of software from Adobe (noted copyright trolls and "software as a service" bait and switchers) and going through a few different vendors that will all get your personal data and reading habits. Am I misunderstanding the process - vs just going to my library and getting a book?
I didn't have to install anything on my PC from Adobe when I setup my Overdrive account. "locked and privacy invading services" describes EVERY major seller of ebooks, (Amazon, Google, Rakuten/Kobo) so there's no difference there, assuming one purchases the ebooks one reads. And then of course there's the fact that I read ebooks because I find dead tree books increasingly difficult to read, for reasons of physical impairment that also have a bearing on why I don't "just go to my library"
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Seems to me I have to install Adobe. I have a brand new Clara and don't even have the "Overdrive" setting under the main menu... Seems like I have to go through a computer to do it all.
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I read a lot of books but Overdrive has always seemed absurd to me. You're registering for at least 2 vendor locked and privacy invading services, installing a ton of software from Adobe (noted copyright trolls and "software as a service" bait and switchers) and going through a few different vendors that will all get your personal data and reading habits. Am I misunderstanding the process - vs just going to my library and getting a book?
When you live in Madrid and your libraries are at New York, Philadelphia and Florida, it's not so easy going to get it, and even there, they would give me that awful dead tree
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Seems to me I have to install Adobe. I have a brand new Clara and don't even have the "Overdrive" setting under the main menu... Seems like I have to go through a computer to do it all.
Which suggests you don't live in "Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand" which are the countries where on device Overdrive are supported (as noted on the Kobo website). In that case, yes you do have to go thru your computer. If your library isn't in one of these countries I don't think changing your location in the billing details will help you for library borrowing.
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Which suggests you don't live in "Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand" which are the countries where on device Overdrive are supported (as noted on the Kobo website). In that case, yes you do have to go thru your computer. If your library isn't in one of these countries I don't think changing your location in the billing details will help you for library borrowing.
Ah, good point. I think when I set up my kobo accout initially (i'm on my 2nd device) I made a totally fake address.
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