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Anncb
18th June 2010, 10:01 PM
I wish to buy some ebooks but all the sites, books on board, fiction wise, etc. Have geographical restrictions what do you do in this instance.
thanks Ann

kyte
19th June 2010, 07:29 AM
I wish to buy some ebooks but all the sites, books on board, fiction wise, etc. Have geographical restrictions what do you do in this instance.
thanks Ann

Download the Borders app, set up an account at borders.com.au and go for your life :)

Many of the US sites have freebies which you can get no matter where you are...

I tend to use Stanza a lot, and "Books from Munseys" has a lot of free stuff that is different from the usual classics and other expected freebies. Some are relatively recent.

Smashwords (linked in stanza, like munseys) has books for sale but you can get a taster for most of them. These books are by new authors who self publish. There can be gems amongst them.

DanGleibitz
19th June 2010, 08:25 AM
I wish to buy some ebooks but all the sites, books on board, fiction wise, etc. Have geographical restrictions what do you do in this instance.

If I can't buy, I steal.

Dust For Eyes
19th June 2010, 09:47 AM
You could always try a library (http://www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/A_sense_of_community/Library/Downloadable_audiobooks_and_eBooks/index.aspx).

Angus and Robertson sell ebooks (http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/ebooks/ebooks/45/). Dymocks does as well (http://www.dymocks.com.au/ProductDetails/ProductDetail.aspx?R=9780553285789). They don't sell them in the ePub format, but you can use Stanza (http://www.lexcycle.com/) to either read them or convert them if you want to use iBooks.

faberman@mac.com
19th June 2010, 10:22 AM
get the kindle app on the ipad or iphone and you'll be fine, thats where I get most my ebooks, oh and don't steal like Dan, he's a bad man.

dickg
19th June 2010, 05:36 PM
This is exactly what I have been looking at (Randwick that is). I believe the Gold Coast library offers the same service. I have been in touch with my local library and sent them a screenshot of the Randwick page because this is the major justification of my iPad purchase.

Hey, I wouldn't mind renting eBooks a la DVDs but I don't want pay retail for a book I may only read once.

ednap
20th June 2010, 02:37 PM
I'm using Fictionwise and Amazon to buy books. Have also used Calibre on my PC to convert exiting library to ePub format and worked a treat

bartron
11th October 2010, 11:09 AM
I just had a frustrating ebook experience. Bought an unrestricted (supposedly) PDF for a book....but it required adobe's flash based reader software. Hardly what I'd call unrestricted as I can't read it anywhere else (I got the PDF so I could have it on my iPad and iPhone but it just shows up blank on anything but adobe's software). The store did have an iPad version but that is unreadable on anything else.

No refund available so I thought 'fuck it' and found an unprotected version of the PDF on the inter webs and now I can read it.

I still have the purchased copy but this whole ebook thing is a bloody joke.

edit: I'll just add that the book wasn't available in the iBook store and while it is available in the kindle app through Amazon, it's US store only...not available in Australia. Wake me when we emerge from the 15th century.

DJY
11th October 2010, 12:17 PM
get the kindle app on the ipad or iphone and you'll be fine, thats where I get most my ebooks, oh and don't steal like Dan, he's a bad man.

This is what I do.
All my books thus far have come from Amazon.
Great news is it syncs to my iPad and iPhone - and even remembers where I was up to when I bookmark a book (for the very rare occasion when I want to read on my iPhone).

I have two addresses stored in my Amazon account - my usual Australian residence, and also the address I stay in when I'm in the USA.

mmulhern
11th October 2010, 12:39 PM
Screw iBooks. If the large publishers can't think and act global, support the small publishers.

I get my Sci-fi from Baen Books Science Fiction & Fantasy - Home Page (http://baen.com/) via their WebScription Ebooks (http://www.webscription.net/) site.

Reasonably priced, no DRM, and multi-format

Ebookwise/Rocket Format
Mobi/Palm/Kindle Format
EPUB/Nook/Stanza Format
Microsoft Reader Format
Sony Digital Reader Format
RTF Format

If you download the ePub format, you could load into iBook via iTunes, but I'm happy to download my purchases directly into Stanza from my Webscriptions library.

blk7
11th October 2010, 03:14 PM
I had an interesting experience purchasing an O'Reilly tech manual from Amazon. The book opens at a page offering an unrestricted version(s) of the text in epub and pdf for an extra 5 bucks.

I am not sure whether I am impressed, annoyed, or amused.

kyte
15th October 2010, 11:06 PM
Baen Books also has a decent free library.
Baen Free Library (http://www.baen.com/library/defaultTitles.htm)

[edit] actually looked to see they have a URL specifically for Stanza, if, like me, people are still using it in preference to iBooks
Instructions for entering the catalog are as follows

You can also download the Stanza application by going to the Online Catalog, clicking the + button at the bottom of the screen, and entering the URL for WebScription.

Baen WebScription Catalog (http://www.webscription.net/stanza.aspx)


http://www.webscription.net/stanza.aspx

The WebScription catalog has three sections: an About section; a Free Library section, with eBooks that are free to download; and a My Books section, with eBooks you have previously purchased.

Logging in and downloading eBooks

Until you log in, you can only download Free Library eBooks. To log in so that you can also download books you have purchased,
navigate to My Books. Enter the email address and password you use for your normal WebScription login. Note that you cannot download eBooks other than Free Library eBooks until you login.

yagankiely
16th October 2010, 01:55 AM
Screw iBooks. If the large publishers can't think and act global, support the small publishers.Indeed! Publishers generally annoy the hell out of me. (Major ones anyway).

yagankiely
16th October 2010, 02:49 AM
Screw iBooks. If the large publishers can't think and act global, support the small publishers.Indeed! Publishers generally annoy the hell out of me. (Major ones anyway).

toholio
19th October 2010, 08:46 AM
No refund available so I thought 'fuck it' and found an unprotected version of the PDF on the inter webs and now I can read it.

Write a short letter to the publisher. It only needs to be a paragraph saying exactly what your post did and it will do far more good than a thousand forum posts.

I wrote such a letter to Random House Australia and got back a polite reply that basically said it annoys them too but they're stuck with shitty contracts and drawn out negotiations.

The book industry is making all the same mistakes the music industry did only slower. If nobody tells them that they are actually only hurting the people who are trying to give them money then it could take them years to work it out.

Maxim Litvinov
26th October 2010, 08:21 AM
I'm wanting something modern, fast-paced but easy to read on iBooks.

It's a toss up between Winnie the Pooh and Sense and Sensibility at the moment.

I figure if I wait 100 years then either Apple would have added something newer or at least today's texts would have entered the public domain.

reemixx
26th October 2010, 10:32 AM
Kindle (or iPad/iPhone + Kindle app, or Mac running Kindle app, or the new web reader) with a US Amazon account. Plenty of tutorials out there on how to set this up and make purchases. I've been buying my eBooks this way since the Kindle 1 was out in America. I was excited when we finally got an Aussie Kindle store, followed by disappointment when I realised they didn't offer half the books I wanted, and yet they're available on the US store. Not sure if the situation's changed any, but somehow I doubt it. The state of eBooks in Australia is pretty bleak. Almost as bad as Australian TV.