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      • 75. Re: DRM change?

        The problems I have with NookStudy (and Nook for PC) started in October https://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/thread/25091 and have never been rectified, never heard back from Alex about anything either.

        • 76. Re: DRM change?


          • 77. Re: DRM change?

            DeanGibson wrote:


            If one has a cellular account with a data plan, the prices on the current tablets are hard to beat.  In fact, I think the market for WiFi-only devices is going to shrink significantly in the next year or so, which will help close-out prices but not new device prices.


            Speaking of future devices, the Windows tablets have to compete against this:


            WinBook TW700 Tablet - Black 466326 - Micro Center  ($70, including Windows 8.1)


            I don't have one, but I've seen them in the flesh.  Now, if you don't want a Windows tablet, it doesn't matter:  this is the "new competition" for the entire tablet market.  B&N was correct to get out of the hardware manufacturing business.


            The Chinese electronics market is invading everything.  Low-end handheld amateur radio transceivers from established USA firms (Japanese source) have been running about $200 (plus accessories) for the past decade.  The Chinese have recently entered the market with this: Amazon.com : Baofeng UV5RA Ham Two Way Radio 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band Transceiver (Black) : Frs Two Way Radios : Ca…  for $30 (including accessories).  That's less than the cost of a battery from the USA firms.  No, I don't have one of these either, but I've also seen these in the flesh.  They don't have all the features of the radios from USA firms, but they're solidly built (no cheap plastic) and apparently reliable.


            The associated (free) software is, well, better tested that B&N's.

            • 78. Re: DRM change?

              kamas716 wrote:


              ... never heard back from Alex about anything either.


              Alex is a nice guy but in many cases powerless.  After all, do you think B&N would let any decision-maker actually talk to customers?

              • 79. Re: DRM change?

                No, I don't expect B&N to actually communicate with its customers, which is why I fear for it's future and want to back up my 'purchases'. About the only bright spot if they fold would be the (hopefully) rebirth of the independent bookstores.

                • 80. Re: DRM change?

                  Dean Gibson wrote:


                  That leaves eBooks.  So long as I can buy one eBook at a time and "liberate" each one, I don't mind staying with B&N;  the ePub format is worth it.

                  Google sells epubs also, almost always for the same price as Amazon and often less than B&N. Their books use Adobe's ADEPT DRM, with all that it entails (easy liberation, easy transfer to readers, etc.), and they have rather nice web app.

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                  • 81. Re: DRM change?

                    with all that it entails

                    Forgive me, but whenever I read/hear that phrase, I can't but help remember Tony Soprano's saying, "Well, that's to be expected, what with Vito's passing and all that entrails."  LOL.

                    Sopranos ep107.jpg


                    Photo source: Tony Soprano - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

                    Photo caption: James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano

                    • 82. Re: DRM change?

                      Whaddya gonna do?

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                        • 84. Re: DRM change?

                          MG writes "B&N discontinued support for Nook for PC and Nook for Mac sometime back, they just didn't remove the pages that have the downloads."


                          They neglected to do a bit more than get rid the download page - they don't say on that page, at least anywhere I can see it,"by the way, this software is no longer supported." 


                          For those who like ebooks, epub format ebooks, and the Nook app on their platform of choice - you can futureproof Kindle titles pretty easily too, and once you've done so you can pick your own format.


                          It's not always perfect, but BNs titles weren't always perfectly laid out, either.

                          • 85. Re: DRM change?

                            I agree with Keriflur. I too have lost all faith and respect for Barnes, especially after never receiving an email response to my pickup in store request. The only way they're getting my money is if I'm in the mood for coffee or actually have a physical copy of a book I really want on their shelves, which won't be too often from now on.

                            • 86. Re: DRM change?

                              I presumed the hiding of the pages was their way of discontinuing support.  But who knows, I've long ago given up trying to figure what anyone above the store level it thinking.

                              • 87. Re: DRM change?

                                roustabout wrote:

                                For those who like ebooks, epub format ebooks, and the Nook app on their platform of choice - you can futureproof Kindle titles pretty easily too, and once you've done so you can pick your own format.


                                It's not always perfect, but BNs titles weren't always perfectly laid out, either.

                                There is a bit of a rub here - there's as yet no way to strip DRM from a KF8 file, so to convert you have to download a mobi version (which is what the kindle for pc app downloads - I assume the mac app is the same). Mobi lacks a lot of formatting support, so you're converting from a lesser version. I'm not saying it doesn't work, or that the files come out poorly (they don't in my experience), but you might be missing some pretty that you'd get if you just bought an epub version to begin with.


                                Since Google and Kobo are happy to sell you epub format (well, sometimes Kobo is happy to sell epubs) and Google generally sells at the same price as Amazon, there's very little reason to deal with the conversion, just buy the epub.

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                                • 88. Re: DRM change?

                                  The KF8 (.azw3) files can be downloaded with Kindle for PC and the DRM removed.  Of course, not all kindle files are available in KF8.  And I don't think there's any way to know beforehand if it will be KF8, mobi, or topaz.  I still think the epubs are really a better format to begin with, but the KF8 files do convert to epub pretty well.


                                  I prefer to buy from Kobo and Google myself.  Kobo did have some books that were only available in their kepub format, but they have been working to make them all available in epub as well.

                                  • 89. Re: DRM change?

                                    kepub is really just epub with some tweaks, so converting from kepub to epub should produce the same book.  Keeping in mind you'll need to remove DRM.  I've actually made the switch to kepub from epub since the firmware I loaded on my Kobo H2O (3.13.1) allows for sideloaded kepubs to have many of the benefits of kepubs downloaded directly from Kobo.  I think it's just the reading tracking, so how fast you're reading the current book, and chapter, along with projected amounts of time for finishing the current chapter, the next chapter, and the book. 


                                    Kobo also just announced a Glo HD, a 6 inch eink reader with a DPI of 300, it compares very favorably with the Kindle Voyage, both of which are higher quality displays than the Nook Glowlight.  It's not yet available for pre-order in the US (I think that happens on April 24th), but it's going for something like 103$ (converted from the price they have in Canadian dollars).  Interestingly Kobo has removed the SD Card slot from this generation of the Glo, though the fact that Amazon's Voyage and the Nook Glowlight both lack one (at least as far as I can recall for the Voyage, it doesn't appear listed as a feature on Amazons page).

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