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View Poll Results: Which shops do you purchase ebooks from?
Amazon Kindle 55 67.07%
Apple Books 0 0%
Barnes & Noble Nook 5 6.10%
Blackwell's 0 0%
eBooks.com 7 8.54%
Google Play Books 14 17.07%
Hive 0 0%
Kobo Books 48 58.54%
Smashwords 24 29.27%
Directly from the publisher or author 32 39.02%
Other 18 21.95%
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Old 01-14-2024, 07:15 AM   #1
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Question 2024 Shops Poll

It's been at least a few years since a poll like this. Which ebook shop(s) do you use?
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Old 01-14-2024, 08:17 AM   #2
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Any store whose ebooks can be deDRMed - Amazon, Google, Kobo are the main ones for me. B&N doesn't sell ebooks outside the US, so I've never bought from them.
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Hmm, for the first time I got an Kobo email offering me a 40% discount. Never happened before. Just a coincident?
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Old 01-14-2024, 11:12 AM   #4
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Old 01-14-2024, 02:15 PM   #5
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A few authors I read have either started or upgraded their own direct selling websites, which is a trend I hope continues. It's nice to think most of what I pay actually does go to the author
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Old 01-14-2024, 03:18 PM   #6
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A few authors I read have either started or upgraded their own direct selling websites, which is a trend I hope continues. It's nice to think most of what I pay actually does go to the author
I read far too many authors to seek out their individual websites. I've done it sometimes, but generally it would take too much time, as there are hundreds of them.
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Old 01-15-2024, 05:52 AM   #7
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Old 01-17-2024, 10:36 AM   #8
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Almost always from Amazon. A few direct from publishers (recently Rebellion and Black Library). I have a Kobo account, too, but I haven't bought a book from them since 2019 so I left them off.

I have just realised though, that my second biggest source after Amazon is bundles: Humble Bundle and StoryBundle and the like. It doesn't look like I can edit my vote to include Other.
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Old 01-17-2024, 09:57 PM   #9
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I was buying from Barnes & Noble until they discontinued the Nook for Windows app and my computer died. I can no longer liberate my Nook books, so back to Amazon.
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Old 01-18-2024, 03:37 AM   #10
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Old 01-18-2024, 06:15 AM   #11
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Mostly Amazon except for books published from 2023 onwards when I buy from Kobo or smashwords. Exceptionally I will buy from google or ebooks.com
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Old 01-18-2024, 06:33 AM   #12
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A few authors I read have either started or upgraded their own direct selling websites, which is a trend I hope continues. It's nice to think most of what I pay actually does go to the author
A lot of the indie authors I read sell through Smashwords, among other shops, and that's my preferred one to buy from for those authors. It seems a much better deal for the author.
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Old 01-18-2024, 07:48 AM   #13
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A lot of the indie authors I read sell through Smashwords, among other shops, and that's my preferred one to buy from for those authors. It seems a much better deal for the author.
Yes, the author I buy the most, whom I discovered on Kobo several years ago, now sells on Smashwords too, and I buy her work there now instead of from Kobo
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Old 01-18-2024, 10:40 AM   #14
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We needed a poll for that?
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Old 01-18-2024, 10:43 AM   #15
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A lot of the indie authors I read sell through Smashwords... It seems a much better deal for the author.
Why is that?

I often buy from a small publisher (Piccadilly Publishing). They publish through Smashwords and Smashwords then uploads the files to Kobo.

Should I buy their stuff directly through Smashwords? Does the publisher get to keep a larger percentage of the funds that way?
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