What happens to eBooks bought on Kindle?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ozzyman500, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. ozzyman500 macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2009
    I finally dove in got the Amazon Kindle app and bought a book on it right away. How does this work when I go and sync it back to computer and where is the location on my phone?
  2. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    They keep track of your purchases on Amazon.com via your account, and you can load the books onto any registered device via the website.
  3. tboooe macrumors regular

    May 22, 2009
    I am just getting into this whole ebook thing but as I understand it, Amazon has its own proprietary ebook format? If so, books bought on Amazon will not be compatible with other ebook readers other than the Kindle. I would like to be free to purchase any ebook reader I want. Recently, there has been quite a few other manufacturers releasing ebook reader (Sony, etc). I also do not think the Kindle iphone app lets you upload books in any format other than Amazon's. This is why I also have Stanza on my iphone. I think I will not be purchasing books from Amazon anymore.
  4. ozzyman500 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 4, 2009
    That's cool. Kinda what I figured. Thanks.
  5. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    That's the way I understand it. But I think the Kindle app and Amazon's sales/selection are so much better that I don't care that it's proprietary. Same kind of deal with Apple's protected iTunes music before everything was DRM-free. I almost never used Stanza because nothing ever seemed to be cleaned up (although it was all free). I hope over time that Kindle evolves like iTunes/iPod did and problems get fixed. I would love the reader software on my MacBook Pro or an actual Kindle for $99. I don't read enough to justify even $300 on a single-purpose device.
  6. Flhusky macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2007
    ...and as Amazon has already shown, you DO NOT OWN the 'books' you purchased. They can at any time and for almost any reason delete your 'book'. So enjoy them while you can, I'll collect dead trees thank you very much.
  7. firewood macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    My bookshelves overflowed over a decade ago.

    With Kindle I need to dump less old favorite books to make room for new books. At around $10 a pop for the maybe-vanishing digital version, plus $15+ for rebuying the same dead tree hardcover, I break even if only one-in-three digital reads turns out to be good enough to be worth throwing out one book so I have room on the bookshelf to preserve another dead tree edition.

    e.g.: 10+10+(10+16) < 16 + 16 + 16
  8. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I think (think!) they gave full refunds on those books, so no harm no foul really, especially if you only own the iPhone app. That's obviously a concern, but it would've been kind of the same deal with DRM music if the service shut down. No DRM server, no use of music.

    The entire ebook market has a bunch of maturing to do. I just like the Kindle books the best so far despite the drawbacks. I really hope Apple partners with Amazon instead of competes with 'em in the legendary rumored Apple tablet. I still think Amazon's future is to be a huge seller and not a hardware maker, so it would be smart for them to get their reader software on a lot of platforms.

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