I've updated the "Alternatives to Amazon Books" page to make it clearer.
If you're looking for alternatives to Amazon Books, or Amazon's book-related properties (Kindle, Goodreads, Audible), here are some suggestions:
You are suggesting kobo ereaders. Should take a look at bq Cervantes. The software is under GPL and the quality is really good.
Yeah, obviously that would be the best option, but AFAIK you can't buy the GPL version of Cervantes any more?
@switchingsocial Are there any quality alternatives to the Kindle hardware other than the Kobo readers? Those are made by the Japanese internet giant Rakuten, which is maybe not as bad as Amazon, but still far from being the kind of company I'd want to support.
As far as I know, no.
Kobo is a "least worst" alternative, which is unfortunately a very common phenomenon when it comes to hardware.
The GPL version of Cervantes was mentioned in this thread and earlier threads, but it doesn't seem to be available any more.
@switchingsocial Thank you. That's really too bad!
@switchingsocial Where does Scribd fall on this spectrum? You don't actually buy books at all. You're just buying access to read them--like buying Netflix isn't the same as buying a season from Amazon.
"netflix for books" = a library 😁
You can borrow ebooks from public libraries, and from Open Library.
@switchingsocial Yeah, I know. I was just wondering if it's less evil than Amazon, more evil than Kobo
I just can't see the point of using a for-profit VC company like Scribd when we already have excellent well-established non-profit alternatives like public libraries and Open Library.
Kobo is listed as a "least worst" alternative rather than a positive recommendation. If there was a free open alternative to Kindle I would be listing that instead.
Just to make clear, there's nothing innately wrong with private companies charging for their services.
However, for-profit VC-owned online companies will tend to have more financial incentive to spy on their customers
@switchingsocial Very this. Also, it helps if you ask your local bookstore to order in books that you want! They are usually more than happy. Local businesses need more love.
Yes, I have local bookshops listed at the top of the alternatives! 👍
I've had really really good experiences with my local bookshop. When I've asked them to order titles, they have often got me my books within 24 hours!
This is faster than Amazon, which takes at least couple of days in total from order to actual delivery.
Local bookshops are a treasure ❤️
@switchingsocial feedbooks.com is also a great source for public-domain and DRM-free ebooks. Narrower public domain selection than Gutenberg but much better typesetting, and for books they sell they indicate the DRM status
@switchingsocial under "Public Domain eBooks" I miss https://ebooks.qumran.org/ with its almost 10k German EPUBs (and 1k English). Maybe you want to add that? Especially as from within Germany, Gutenberg.org is blocked (court cases).
Disclosure: It's my site (i.e. I pay all the server costs, wrote the software/website, add the books etc).
@switchingsocial thanks for this worth noting that abebooks are part of amazon too. I didn’t realise for a few months after switching from amazon to them 🤦♂️
And through Abebooks, Amazon also owns 40% of LibraryThing, which is why it isn't listed either.
BookFinder.com is also owned by Amazon through Abebooks.
It's amazing how many companies there are like this, where they do their best to hide their parents' identity.
(In real world products, the "Innocent" brand of smoothies implies it is independent, but it's actually part of Coca-Cola.)
@switchingsocial You have a typo on that page - “publihed”
Thanks, corrected now 👍
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