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Initial post: Aug 12, 2014 8:55:13 PM PDT
R. Yanick says:
Kindle versus e-book readers in general - I understand the marketing of the Kindle for Amazon's sake, but I am on my second Sony e-reader, and I like it just fine. So, the question is: why cannot Amazon offer the book to me in a format (pdf?) that I can read with the hardware I currently own? Because I cannot afford another version of what I already have, just to get a book...

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 8:59:49 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2014 9:12:51 PM PDT
Artist says:
You should be asking Sony why they don't allow your e-reader to read Kindle books. Let us know what they say.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2014 9:22:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 12, 2014 9:30:54 PM PDT
Loz says:
If you like the Sony reader just fine, why do you care whether or not you can get Amazon books on there? Just purchase your books through the supplier for Sony readers. Which is probably epub format anyway.

But it's all a moot point - http://hexus.net/mobile/news/e-readers/72933-sony-quits-ereader-device-market/

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 12, 2014 9:23:55 PM PDT
A. Dietz says:
And then ask Apple when they're going to come out with an Android app that lets people read Apple eBooks on a Kindle. Amazon has an app that lets iPad users read Kindle books, why nothing the other way around?

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 6:48:17 AM PDT
R. Yanick says:
I understand the idea of proprietary software - I just thought Amazon would want my money any way they could get it. And, the same for Sony. And, if a book is available *only* on Kindle, searching thru Sony's selections seems a waste of energy...I'd rather be reading!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2014 6:54:28 AM PDT
Dittie says:
The Reader Store closed months ago. PDFs, by the way, should work on your Sony Readers. They're a different format altogether from Amazon's format and from ePub.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2014 6:59:09 AM PDT
Millions of people have registered other devices to Amazon through a Kindle app. Their smartphones, tablets, PCs, etc... You absolutely CAN read Kindle books on other devices.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 7:49:17 AM PDT
C. Mazzucco says:
I cannot find any information in regards to purchasing books on any site besides Amazon. With a kindle, is it possible to purchase / download books from other ebook web sites, or is the Kindle restricted to only Amazon's site?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2014 7:51:25 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 13, 2014 7:51:36 AM PDT
Yes. You can get books from other sources.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2014 7:58:31 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
I do all the time - you just have to make sure that the format is supported

the e-ink Kindles support Kindle format, mobi files and odds

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2014 8:05:49 AM PDT
flipoid says:
"odds"? Auto correct for pdfs?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2014 8:29:07 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
oops, yep

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2014 4:41:39 PM PDT
Artist says:
As you were advised, there are many other devices that use Kindle apps to read Kindle books. However, since you choose to only consider reading on the Sony (which does not support a Kindle reading app), you need to find books that are compatible with your device, not expect booksellers to find some way for you to use a non-compatible device or to create non-Kindle formatted books so that you can read them on that device.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 11:45:14 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2014 11:53:09 AM PST
Dittie says:
Then get an ePub reader. Get both. Get neither. You have the same choices the rest of us have. Crazy, huh?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2014 12:11:48 PM PST
Scott says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2014 12:22:10 PM PST
King Al says:
I think you're a troll. It is really none of anybody's business whether Amazon (or Apple or nayone else) decides to use a proprietary DRM format. If you don't like it, go buy it somewhere else.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2014 12:24:50 PM PST
King Al says:
If someone had an exclusive right to sell an ebook as ePub, then explain how Kobo, B&N, Google, and Apple all sell the same books as ePubs.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 12:50:13 PM PST
PDF is not an ebook format. It is designed for a fixed page size, usually 8.5 x 11, which is not well-adapted to ereaders.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2014 1:27:48 PM PST
Mayfayre says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2014 1:36:23 PM PST
Dittie says:
The proprietary Kindle format and DRM were in use before there was an ePub format. Sony's format and DRM were proprietary even before there was a Kindle, and was later dropped in favor of ePub.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2014 1:48:10 PM PST
King Al says:
It is irresponsible of you to fail to mention that this is illegal in the US and many other countries.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 1:59:30 PM PST
Mayfayre says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2014 2:12:14 PM PST
Scott says:
Apparently the concept of the illustrative example eludes you, explaining why you appear to have placed words in my mouth about exclusivity of the ePub format. No matter how many times I read what I actually said, I cannot find any instance where I state that anyone has the exclusive rights to sell ePub files. Even if I had, it would have been in the context of the content owned by a specific publisher as opposed to the format itself. Of course, as I figured was rather obvious if you actually read what I said, I was merely trying to provide an example to illustrate the point that such seemingly bizarre and silly restrictions only appear that way to someone operating with incomplete information. If, -=*FOR EXAMPLE*=-, Publisher X signed an agreement with B&N to be the only one to sell Publisher X's content in the ePub format and then another deal with a different company to be the sole provider of the PDF version, it would then obviously not sit well with B&N and the other company if Publisher X then allowed Amazon to sell the same content in those formats on demand.

In the future, might I ask two simple things from you? First, do not attribute things to me that I did not actually say. Second, if you seem confused by something I say, like how multiple entities can be selling the same content in essentially the same format, first see request #1, then ask yourself if it might make more sense if it was an example made to help illustrate a point. An example being something that is not 100% representative of reality (otherwise it would be reality), but aids in the understanding of a complex and/or abstract point. Now, if something I actually said makes no sense, even as an example, by all means call me out on it. I just ask that you do those two simple things before responding.
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Initial post:  Aug 12, 2014
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