Thanks to everyone who gave suggestions for alternatives, if you have any more suggestions (or feedback on these alternatives) please reply to this post.
@switchingsocial how about adding riot.im (matrix.org) as a whatsapp, messenger and skype alternative?
A lot of people have suggested riot.im, it seems to be a very popular platform!
However, it still seems quite oriented towards technical users?
This is of course a matter of personal taste, but the riot.im site strongly implies people should click on "launch now", then they are taken to a slightly confusing screen.
It's unclear what the user is meant to do next, or even what the screen is for. The biggest icon encourages users to click on the directory, but this is just a list of technical topics.
I guess this isn't a problem with the software itself, but its presentation?
Hey, no offence taken, I guess we are talking about two different things anyway (me the site, you the actual software).
I'm trying to be careful to only present options on switching.social that non-technical people can easily get a handle on.
Part of the reason FB Messenger, Whatsapp etc are popular is that they are so familiar. People can easily default back to a familiar app if the alternatives look too complicated 😕
There is some hope though, for example US teenagers have genuinely been abandoning Facebook in large numbers over the past couple of years:
Yes they went to other non-open platforms, but they did leave. It shows if there's an alternative they prefer they will go to it.
Really? I guess this shows how much of a personal choice it is.
I had tried all sorts of alternatives but they didn't want to work with my computer, then Ring worked perfectly.
I guess Matrix is better for group chats, while Ring is more for one-on-one calls?
@wraidd Yup, the problem with FB isn't just the management but the structure, it's inherently going to corrupt whoever controls that amount of data, no matter what their original intentions.
I'm dubious of supposedly privacy-friendly platforms like MeWe which have no structural differences to FB. If they became popular, they would rapidly turn into another FB.
Good intentions aren't enough, users need structural protections so that they can change providers without leaving the network.
XMPP is ok once you've registered an account, something like Conversations is a great and easy to use app.
But registering an account on XMPP is sort of scary, there's no obvious site to go to and sites that do exist tend to look a bit odd.
It would be nice if there was some equivalent of joinmastodon.org for XMPP.
Ring is decentralised too, by the way.
I can't comment on that much on buying proper from AMZN itself since I've been vastly cutting down on purchases.
But wrt the Kindle, mine has never ever had been connected via wifi. Everything is dumped straight from the connecting PC. Strictly speaking, epub/mobi is such a static format that planned obsolescence is never an issue and if you don't connect to the internet security isn't an issue wrt to the Kindle either.
Thanks for the feedback!
It's a fair point that the Kindle can be used to view certain non-DRM files, though Amazon doesn't promote it in this way.
Just one thing though, as far as I can tell Kindle doesn't support epub?
@switchingsocial just a note, not everything in the kobo store is DRM, it’s the publishers choice!
Thanks for the info, I've updated the page.
@switchingsocial Thanks for the list!
I'm a long-time user of Kindle e-reader (starting from Kindle Keyboard model) and I really like it, but I don't like how Amazon treats their workers and how closed their ecosystem is.
I try to buy in other online stores, if possible. So it's really nice to have a list like this for my future e-book purchases.
@switchingsocial i truly love my kobo reader! thanks for the list of other places to purchase ebooks 👍
Several publishers like Angry Robot sell DRM-free epubs of all their published works off their own sites.
Ah, I missed that.
I'll try to make the link more prominent 👍
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