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geoffw
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 Message 521 of 1317
14 April 2013 at 3:10am | IP Logged 
geoffw wrote:
patrickwilken wrote:

Even if it isn't, there are a number of German ebook providers apart from Amazon, and these are not restricted to
German only CCs in the same way.


Link? I've tried about a half-dozen sites looking for German ebooks, and every single one said I couldn't access
their content from the USA. Perhaps they're open to Europe only?


Persistence pays off? In case anyone is interested, I seem to have just had success with the site buecher-rueffer .
shop-asp . de. Looks like seventh time is the charm.
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emk
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 Message 522 of 1317
14 April 2013 at 2:17pm | IP Logged 
geoffw wrote:
I've had no problems buying a few eBooks from ePagine.fr, BTW. There also are some places hosted in CA that I didn't try (because the prices tended to be much higher at those sites).


Ah, ePagine is another excellent find. Thank you again, geoffw. I haven't actually tried buying anything yet, mostly because (1) I have a backlog of interesting reading in French right now, and (2) Adobe DRM always gives me a bit of a headache. At least ePagine seems to have some DRM-free books and books watermarked with the purchaser's name, both of which are easier than Adobe's headaches.

The selection at ePagine is much smaller than Amazon.fr (they don't have Le Pont de la rivière Kwaï at ePagine, for example, which I've been looking for in eBook format). But it's much better than Amazon.com's thin list of old French classics and dubious self-published titles.

One really great find at ePagine is Angle Mort ("Blindspot"), which appears to be a magazine of literary science-fiction without any DRM. You can either read the stories online for free, or purchase ebooks in your favorite format with some nice extras, including interviews with authors.

Thank you again for another excellent link!
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Teango
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 Message 523 of 1317
14 April 2013 at 9:04pm | IP Logged 
Thanks for all the advice, guys! I never realised what an uphill struggle it was to get hold of French resources in the US until last week. I always assumed, perhaps somewhat naïvely, that French companies and organisations would jump at a chance to promote and circulate the lingua franca to all parts of the globe in place of the ubiquitous lingua anglica, especially given the estimated 1-2 million French speakers in the US (e.g. New England, Missouri, Louisiana) and the 7+ million in Canada. I guess I'll keep on trying and keep my fingers crossed that, as geoffw reassures us, persistence will pay off.
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patrickwilken
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 Message 524 of 1317
14 April 2013 at 11:47pm | IP Logged 
geoffw wrote:
patrickwilken wrote:

Even if it isn't, there are a number of German ebook providers apart from Amazon, and these are not restricted to
German only CCs in the same way.


Link? I've tried about a half-dozen sites looking for German ebooks, and every single one said I couldn't access
their content from the USA. Perhaps they're open to Europe only?


Geoff: Sorry I was away and off Internet over the weekend. It's possible I mislead you. I using a UK CC and have a UK Amazon account, which unfortunately blocks me from Amazon.de. I think UK CCs work fine here for other stores (the work for Amazon.de if you haven't already associated the card with another Amazon store), but that could be because it's an EU card. I can do a direct debit at any shop here in Berlin with my UK card, even though store owners often don't believe this is possible until it's demonstrated.

For German ebooks as far as I can tell the selection on Amazon.de and Amazon.uk are identical, which is why I haven't bothered to change accounts yet, but I haven't done an exhaustive survey so it I could be wrong.

This link maybe helpful: http://www.kobobooks.de/
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 Message 525 of 1317
15 April 2013 at 5:50pm | IP Logged 
Bonjour emk,

Peut-être quelque chose qui t'intéresse?

Franglais et
anglicismes


Il s'agit de l'influence linguistique de l'anglais sur le français, et la quête pour
trouver des remplacements pour des anglicismes dans la langage courante qui sont plus
français.
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 Message 526 of 1317
26 April 2013 at 9:44pm | IP Logged 
emk or whoever it may concern: I want to start reading epubs in French on the iPad and I'd be glad to find a pop-up dictionary, like the one you can find for English in iBooks itself. Is there any available for iBooks? Or is there another reader you guys could recommend with this feature?

Thanks in advance! I've finished my first paperback novel and I'm very delighted. Feel free to visit my log, I've written a report in French over there. =D
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jhaberstro
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 Message 527 of 1317
26 April 2013 at 10:22pm | IP Logged 
Kindle has a pop-up dictionary, but it's a not bilingual dictionary so you'll get the definition in the target language
which is only useful if you're advance enough.
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 Message 528 of 1317
26 April 2013 at 10:41pm | IP Logged 
That could be useful for French anyway. I found this iTranslate Reader which claims to have built-in French dictionary, but I haven't tried it yet.


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