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Old 01-30-2024, 09:55 PM   #1
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A Humble Bundle partnership with Kobo? 39 Terry Pratchet books! Ends tomorrow.

A friend showed this to me, but thereís only one day left on the bundle: Terry Pratchetís Discworld https://www.humblebundle.com/books/t...h6zig*_up*MQ..

This is a partnership between Harper Collins and Humble Bundle made possible with the Kobo US store. Usually HB downloads are a mess. The naming conventions on the titles donít match, some are missing book covers, not every book is available in every format, and if you batch download from their site, youíll likely be missing some books. Depending on how large the bundle is, that can be a very big pain. Never mind that they have torrents for each individual book instead of having one torrent for the entire collection.

Now the process is simpler. Purchase the bundle, copy your provided key, then click on a link after your purchase. On Koboís site, you manually select all the books listed on the page. (There is no Select All option, so be thorough. If you fail to select a book, it wonít be redeemed.) Input your key. And tada! 39 books appear in your collection instantly.

Iíve made an archived backup of my purchase already with the help of Calibre.

The bundle sale ends tomorrow. US Only.

Personally, Iíd like to see more official bundles like this. Apparently, I missed a Daw books bundle sold the same way.

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That seems to be only available in the US.
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Old 01-30-2024, 10:10 PM   #3
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That seems to be only available in the US.

Ah! Thanks for catching that. Iíll make a note of it up top.

Wonít it still work for you if you switch Kobo stores?
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Ah! Thanks for catching that. Iíll make a note of it up top.

Wonít it still work for you if you switch Kobo stores?
It might, but I'm not sure whether I want to bother (I'd have to use a VPN at Humble Bundle in the first place). I'll think on it a bit.
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It might, but I'm not sure whether I want to bother (I'd have to use a VPN at Humble Bundle in the first place). I'll think on it a bit.

Right. Iím in the US and I can access the HB website just fine. It would make sense that youíd need a VPN if they locked people out based on geolocation.

The Kobo 𝕏 account constantly advertises sales that are Canada only. In fact, I donít recall them ever advertising a sale for the US store, which says to me that the account is Canadian based. These region only sales can be very frustrating.

Just out of curiosity, what happens when you visit humble bundle? Are you unable to purchase their bundles because youíre not in the states?
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Right. Iím in the US and I can access the HB website just fine. It would make sense that youíd need a VPN if they locked people out based on geolocation.

The Kobo 𝕏 account constantly advertises sales that are Canada only. In fact, I donít recall them ever advertising a sale for the US store, which says to me that the account is Canadian based. These region only sales can be very frustrating.

Just out of curiosity, what happens when you visit humble bundle? Are you unable to purchase their bundles because youíre not in the states?
I can visit them and buy from them just fine. I can't use the promotion you posted without a VPN; when I click on the link, I get the message "this promotion is not available in your region".

I guess I could possibly use it with a VPN and PayPal, but I'm not a particularly huge Pratchett fan, and I'm not sure if the books would even be available to me later in the Kobo store without jumping through some hoops again. If I were a Discworld fanatic, I'd probably try, but I'm not really.
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Ah! Thanks for catching that. Iíll make a note of it up top.

Wonít it still work for you if you switch Kobo stores?
No, you need to have a USA IP for that offer on Humble Bundle and they may detect some kinds of VPN.

Switching Kobo to USA just needs PayPal and a USA address, they don't seem to care about IP.

IP Geolocation is next to evilness of DVD /BD region locking or DRM as the database of locations vs IP addresses could be wrong and these ought to be private anyway. WhoIS is now mostly private and that should always have needed a warrant/court order as should IP location, not just who used it when (which needs a Court Order here).
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The bundle is over, but it was an interesting experience. I hope they do more like that. Aside from having to manually select each book individually, the process was painless from stateside. It is nice having all the books with covers and proper titles, unlike other bundles Iíve purchased.

If HumbleBundle checks for IP, then changing Koboís default country AND using a VPN are likely the only way to get in on future deals.

If youíre seeing less Whois info, itís likely because the domain holders are paying extra for privacy. Itís a scam IMO. I agree that privacy should be by default.
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The Tad Williams bundle also used Kobo, but it wasn't restricted to US customers, so you may not have to jump through hoops for future bundles.
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A friend showed this to me, but there’s only one day left on the bundle: Terry Pratchet’s Discworld https://www.humblebundle.com/books/t...h6zig*_up*MQ..

This is a partnership between Harper Collins and Humble Bundle made possible with the Kobo US store. Usually HB downloads are a mess. The naming conventions on the titles don’t match, some are missing book covers, not every book is available in every format, and if you batch download from their site, you’ll likely be missing some books. Depending on how large the bundle is, that can be a very big pain. Never mind that they have torrents for each individual book instead of having one torrent for the entire collection.

Now the process is simpler. Purchase the bundle, copy your provided key, then click on a link after your purchase. On Kobo’s site, you manually select all the books listed on the page. (There is no Select All option, so be thorough. If you fail to select a book, it won’t be redeemed.) Input your key. And tada! 39 books appear in your collection instantly.

I’ve made an archived backup of my purchase already with the help of Calibre.

The bundle sale ends tomorrow. US Only.

Personally, I’d like to see more official bundles like this. Apparently, I missed a Daw books bundle sold the same way.


Members need to start visiting the Deals and Resources forum on a regular basis. There were suggestions on how to get the Bundle. AND, through the kindness of member Fbone, any members left out of the loop (living on Barsoom, for example..or visiting Lord Greystoke in his natural habitat) could have had it.

You were able to get it, right?

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The bundle is over, but it was an interesting experience. I hope they do more like that. Aside from having to manually select each book individually, the process was painless from stateside. It is nice having all the books with covers and proper titles, unlike other bundles Iíve purchased.
The bundle still shows 5 hours to go for me, interestingly...

I personally wish they'd stick with DRM-free EPUBs like past bundles, personally. I guess HarperCollins wasn't willing to do that. Past bundles through Tor have done it, since their stuff is DRM-free anyway. But all requiring a Kobo account did was make a bunch of people angry at Kobo that they needed to sign up for an account to get their books.
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But all requiring a Kobo account did was make a bunch of people angry at Kobo that they needed to sign up for an account to get their books.
It's not like it was a secret that you needed Kobo for the bundle. Always look at how you redeem a bundle before you buy it.
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Members need to start visiting the Deals and Resources forum on a regular basis. There were suggestions on how to get the Bundle. AND, through the kindness of member Fbone, any members left out of the loop (living on Barsoom, for example..or visiting Lord Greystoke in his natural habitat) could have had it.

You were able to get it, right?

Yes. All 39 books. The collection is missing only two that I can tell, one of which isnít currently available anywhere as an ebook.

I havenít wandered into Deals and Resources in a long minute. Iíll have to check it out again. Thanks for the reminder! I donít see a problem mentioning the bundle specifically here in the Kobo forum, though. I hope some people found it useful.
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I missed that one, too! Itís good to know that not all bundles sold this way will be regionally locked. Thanks
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The bundle still shows 5 hours to go for me, interestingly...

I personally wish they'd stick with DRM-free EPUBs like past bundles, personally. I guess HarperCollins wasn't willing to do that. Past bundles through Tor have done it, since their stuff is DRM-free anyway. But all requiring a Kobo account did was make a bunch of people angry at Kobo that they needed to sign up for an account to get their books.

They got angry at Kobo? They should direct their anger towards HarperCollins instead, but life is too short to get angry about ebooks.

I agree with you about DRM-free bundles. DRM is sure annoying, but fortunately there are ways to circumvent it to make legal backups of our purchases. However, I have to admit that I enjoyed the partnership precisely because all my books instantly synced to my Kobos without any issues once I purchased the bundle.
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