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Old 01-10-2017, 05:19 PM   #16
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Old 01-14-2017, 08:58 AM   #17
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You can only read Apple books on Apple hardware. If you buy those, you're a (bleep). IMHO. Respectfully
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Old 01-14-2017, 04:41 PM   #18
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You can only read Apple books on Apple hardware.
The DRM free ones can of course be read on pretty much anything.
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Old 01-14-2017, 07:03 PM   #19
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The DRM free ones can of course be read on pretty much anything.
iBooks as well?

Are there applications outside of the apple ecosystem that can read them?
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Old 01-14-2017, 07:48 PM   #20
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At this point it's probably not even mostly about eInk, if it ever was.
I suspect there was window between the launch of the 2nd Gen Kindle and the super-saturation of high-res mobile devices when eInk was indeed what it was all about.
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At this point it's probably not even mostly about eInk, if it ever was. Although I don't think I've seen any kind of large scale breakdown most people I know read on their phones or tablets and see a dedicated device as unnecessary.
This may or may not be relevant but there are approximately 4 billion tablets and smartphones compared with about 100 million or less ereaders. In 2014, there were 75 million ereaders total. (The findings are in a thread on this forum. )
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Old 01-15-2017, 12:26 AM   #22
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iBooks as well?

Are there applications outside of the apple ecosystem that can read them?
I don't know about all of them as I know they have some fixed layout stuff and the like, but I've got some DRM free freebies (regular novels) I got from iBooks that open fine in ADE.
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This may or may not be relevant but there are approximately 4 billion tablets and smartphones compared with about 100 million or less ereaders. In 2014, there were 75 million ereaders total. (The findings are in a thread on this forum. )
PCs matter, too.
Increasingly so with the shift to convertibles.

The key distinction is on the reader involvement side: eink matters most to heavy readers and it matters the least to casual readers. Same as with cameras or home theater gear or gaming. The more time you dedicate to the activity the more value you get from optimized gear.
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Done deal now - German Antitrust Authorities have confirmed the deal on Jan 20.
http://www.bundeskartellamt.de/Share...o_rakuten.html
They also have an English landing page but not yet translated this specific article!

English version available now!

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Old 01-23-2017, 02:15 PM   #25
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According to google's translation of the article, Amazon has nearly 50% of the German ebook market, tolino-backed stores had 30-40%, and Kobo was in the low single digits.

(German or German-speaking market?)

Anyway, this seems like an excellent way for Rakuten to get a bigger slice of the German pie.
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