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View Poll Results: How many shops have you bought ebooks from?
None. (I use the library and/or Public Domain and/or freebies) 4 3.51%
1 (Why bother with more than 1?) 8 7.02%
2 (The best of both) 7 6.14%
3-5 (Why stop at two?) 37 32.46%
6-20 (I've been buying a long time) 40 35.09%
20+ (A really long time) 13 11.40%
The Blue one next to the Fish 5 4.39%
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Old 01-03-2020, 03:50 PM   #1
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How many different shops have you bought ebooks from?

I just looked at my calibre database, and saw that under my custom 'shops' column, I have 56 different shops listed!

The vast majority of my books have come from just three - Fictionwise, Amazon and Baen. But I was surprised as the number of different places I've bought from over the years. Most are now defunct. (e.g. Books on Board, CyberRead)

How many shops have you bought ebooks from?
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Old 01-03-2020, 03:55 PM   #2
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54. Most of those are one-time purchases from a small publisher. A bit more are from Angry Robot, Baen, a couple of Estonian shops and the defunct shops (AllRomance, BooksOnBoard, Diesel, EbookMall). Some are from Gutenberg. The majority of my purchases are from Amazon, Google, Kobo and Smashwords.
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Old 01-03-2020, 03:59 PM   #3
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Three that I can be recall the identity of - Amazon, Kobo and Smashwords. I have a recollection of buying one as a one-off from some site I can no longer recall, that still leaves me in the 3-5 range.
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Old 01-03-2020, 04:23 PM   #4
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Probably 20 or so counting sales from publisher webstores.
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Old 01-03-2020, 04:24 PM   #5
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I just voted 3-5 immediately (BooksOnBoard, Fictionwise, Nook, Amazon, Kobo).

Looking at the posts though, that reminded me that I've bought the odd book or two from a couple different places:
  • Harlequin (I think I had a monthly sub at one point)
  • Humble Bundle
  • Google Play
  • Smashwords
  • AllRomance
  • Diesel
  • several direct from publishe (mostly comics and manga)

I also found a PDB ebook that I didn't purchase from Fictionwise (my Fictionwise ebooks seemed to have all migrated to B&N). Not sure where I got that from. I think it was from eReader but not really sure.
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Old 01-03-2020, 04:37 PM   #6
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5, but 3 of them are out of business .
I have accounts at 3 other places, but never bought any books from them
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Old 01-03-2020, 04:43 PM   #7
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Four. Amazon Kindle, Delphi Classics, Google Play Books, and Kobo.
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Old 01-03-2020, 05:04 PM   #8
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Five for me, Amazon, B&N, Baen, Google Play, Apple


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Old 01-03-2020, 05:27 PM   #9
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I chose 3-5. I might've forgot some one-off purchases at some smaller or publisher sites, but I think I've only ever bought ebooks from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo and Google Play. Did Sony have its own ebook store? If so then that makes six at least for me.
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Old 01-03-2020, 05:32 PM   #10
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Old 01-03-2020, 05:33 PM   #11
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I know I soar over six, but 20 seems like a reach, so there I am.

At this point, the overwhelming majority of my books are from Kobo and Amazon and this will continue to increase over time, as I buy from Kobo by preference and Amazon when there's a significant price difference. Google would be in third place. This is why I don't bother to back up my books any more; I figure none of these is going to disappear overnight.

This doesn't include the large subset of books in the public domain, which have mostly come from Gutenberg, Adelaide, Faded Page, Manybooks, Girlebooks, and of course our own library.
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I voted 6-20 as I've been buying eBooks a long time from many different stores and a lot are no longer in business.

Sony, Amazon, Kobo, Paperback Digital, Fictionwise, B&N, ebooks.com, BooksOnBoard, Diesel eBooks, Google Play, S&S, BAEN, Smashwords, and probably others I cannot remember.

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I started with Peanut Press( The Complete Enchanter) long ago, though I lost access to that book (but bought it again when Baen put it out). Among the books that I still have - I started with Baen books back in 1998 I think, then Sony starting in 2007, Amazon starting in 2008, Project Gutenberg (sp?) and of course, the MobileRead library. I also have about a dozen books that I've bought directly from Author's websites.

Oh, yea, I forgot to mention that I have about a dozen eBooks that I bought on the Apple eBook store.

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I think a lot of us would be 6-20 as one off purchases do count.
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