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Old 12-07-2017, 08:59 PM   #256
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You can always chop them off in Calibre. With me it's the manipulate feeling the titles give. Like the author named it that way to take advantage of the algorithm. Not that the book is necessarily a scam (the Lineage book I linked to earlier looks pretty good), but the author isn't above a little cheating.
That's precisely what I do. I always "fix" my books via calibre.
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Old 12-08-2017, 12:13 AM   #257
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Then why didn't you just say that?
Do I think the files as I know them right now will be around in 30 years? Maybe, maybe not.
Do I think the contents of the files will be around in 30 years, probably.
I am pretty sure I have 2 or 3 different formats of digital ebooks just from first bought to now.
The thing is, it is much easier to change a digital format than to keep an analog copy in mint condition. I have a 105 year old book that looks way better than some done in the last few years.

If Amazon doesn't crash and burn, I am pretty sure I will still have access to my ebooks. If not, I should have backed them up.
Same idea with music or photos, do you think you will still have your digital photos to show your grandkids?
If you want your library whether physical or ebook to survive decades you need to properly maintain it. I've a number of ebooks that I bought because my twenty year old paperback versions were literally falling to pieces; paper books designed to last decades cost more money then I had to spend and still shouldn't be treated carelessly if you want them to last. I've lost a small number of ebooks because of DRM and have had to restore my calibre library from backup; ebooks need their DRM removed, backups made and occasional format shifting in order to be readable for decades.

I still occasionally buy ebooks that I've not been able to deDRM but either the reading platform has to offer enough value to make up for the lack of security or the book has to be of limited lifespan (such as picture books for my six year old emerging reader - I fully expect that no one in the household will want to read them two years from now). Still I rarely buy such books if they are not on sale.
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Old 12-08-2017, 12:30 AM   #258
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If you want your library whether physical or ebook to survive decades you need to properly maintain it. I've a number of ebooks that I bought because my twenty year old paperback versions were literally falling to pieces; paper books designed to last decades cost more money then I had to spend and still shouldn't be treated carelessly if you want them to last. I've lost a small number of ebooks because of DRM and have had to restore my calibre library from backup; ebooks need their DRM removed, backups made and occasional format shifting in order to be readable for decades.

I still occasionally buy ebooks that I've not been able to deDRM but either the reading platform has to offer enough value to make up for the lack of security or the book has to be of limited lifespan (such as picture books for my six year old emerging reader - I fully expect that no one in the household will want to read them two years from now). Still I rarely buy such books if they are not on sale.
Oh yes. I have several classic paperbacks bought in 1968. They look good but don't try to read them as the pages start falling out. Hardback and spiral seem to hold up better.
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Old 12-08-2017, 04:57 AM   #259
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with kindle, when i check a two words combination such as bęte noire in english dictionary, i can find answer, but with kobo, i cannot--it seems kobo can't deal with two words for dictionary.
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with kindle, when i check a two words combination such as bęte noire in english dictionary, i can find answer, but with kobo, i cannot--it seems kobo can't deal with two words for dictionary.
I'm not sure if the problem is two word combos. At least in this example the problem seems to arise because of l'accent circonflexe above the e in bęte. If you had a text where the expression was spelled "bete noire," you could highlight both words with Kobo and you would get the correct definition from the stock English dictionary. Of course the preferred and correct way would be to include the diacritic, so I guess the stock dictionary isn't as good as Kindle).

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Old 12-08-2017, 07:32 PM   #262
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with kindle, when i check a two words combination such as bęte noire in english dictionary, i can find answer, but with kobo, i cannot--it seems kobo can't deal with two words for dictionary.
Yes it can. I accidentally discovered this ages ago when was highlighted "Buffalo Soldier" to look up via google. And I've just read a badly edited short story that had "under stand", "girl friend" and a few other split words like this. In each case, it displayed the "can't find the word, but this is the closest match" and displayed the word without the space. The problem is the dictionary. The Kobo dictionary does not have "bęte noire" in the dictionary. It is generally accepted that the dictionary Kobo have is no where near as good as on the Kindle. Kobo uses a Merriam-Webster dictionary and I suspect it is the smallest that they publish.

If you want to test this, use the search and change to the dictionary. Start typing a term you think will be there and it will show the matches. For example, if you type "buffalo", six two word matches.
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If you are talking about the US kobo does not even compete. You cannot see their product anywhere. If you are talking devices kindle devices are a bit snappier and more durable but kobo software features and screens are very nice. Kobo could make its products more rugged and improve its store but if you dont advertise and compete in the market you are never going to cut into market share.
Agreed, Kindle is available from Best Buy and Staples in addition to Amazon which is ubiquitous Amazon even has a help list of retailers with 20+ names. As a Prime member a Kindle can be ordered and arrive in a day or two while a Kobo ships from Canada via UPS and takes a week or so to arrive in Nevada.
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