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Old 03-27-2014, 09:37 PM
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Default Buying ebooks for Windows device - Where to buy?

Okay, I want to be able to buy ebooks, for example a book on SAS. It seems like several of these are $20-40 cheaper if you buy the electronic version. So, I would like to do this. But, where should I buy the books? Amazon? Google Play? Other? I would be buying these for a Windows machine.

My main concern is that I want to be able to keep these books forever. For example, if one of these limits downloads, then after I get a couple new devices over the years I can no longer read these books that I paid for. What are your thoughts on the various sources?
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Old 03-27-2014, 10:21 PM
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If you can get it in PDF, do that. But that's hard since most technical book publishers are going to avoid PDF to restrict sharing.

Kindle is probably the safest bet other than PDF. There's a Kindle app for Windows, and of course you'd be able to read it on a Kindle device, any smartphone, or tablet. It will stay in sync and pretty much be available everywhere.

Kindle is so common now, it's hard to imagine it going anywhere any time soon. And even if it one day does go away, there will be conversion tools surely. Actually there are conversion tools today.

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PDF is probably the best; Kindle is your next best bet - Amazon has been pretty committed to 1 book, any device.

Technical books I'd be less concern about them lasting forever though....
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In addition to the Windows application for Kindle, there is also a Kindle Cloud Reader so you can just read your books in your browser if you can't download the application.

But yeah, Kindle is best if you can't get it in PDF.
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I've found technical books to be more difficult to read in the kindle format than paper. References to figures and tables cause a lot of bouncing back and forth that is more bothersome to navigate with Kindle. I still do it for some technical books, but the format is much better for novels and general business books that you read in a more linear fashion.
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