What I find more interesting is that my source reported that BBB originally stocked their Canadian stores at the same time as the US ones. The Novel was pulled from the shelf, of course, because you can’t buy B&N ebooks outside the US. But now that the app has been replaced by Kobo, they put it back on the shelf.
Here’s what he reported:
When I saw the pandigital in a Bed, Bath, and Beyond (reason?) flyer my eyes popped out of my head – perhaps I should explain that I live in Canada. I called and of course it was a mistake. They had to pull them from shelves in Canada because they realized the ereader library software would not work in Canada. Licencing N’est Pas? So I got my name on a list for whatever ereader falls through their doors. This was a well forgotten month and half ago.
I got the call (or rather my Wife did) and three days later when I actually got the message I called. The poor clerk on the other end confirmed for me that, yes they are in. I can image the look on her face when I asked: “So what brand of ereader is in?” I tried to explain the situation that they put my name on the list for “whatever” showed up.
They confirmed it was the pandigital (white? Black? Is the Canadian version plaid?). So I risked it an drove on over fearing that I might bump into an Adam Sandler product placement movie. Or worse, Christopher Walken.
Sure enough there was the shiny display with the price obscured. Another clerk and I finally found the price display hidden behind another display. The display had an army of empty Pandigital boxes neatly displayed. The price: $219 CDN. So I took my shiny empty box to the cash (don’t think of it as a box, think of it as a box and air) and paid for it. Then they had to call the manager who had the key for the locked cabinet. She eventually showed up with another box (with contents) wrapped in another security mechanism. So not only were they in a locked cabinet (a safe with a Bengal tiger standing guard?) but each box itself was wrapped in a security device.
The clerk asked me if I wanted a bag. I said: “Sure, if your sniper outside will shoot me down if he sees me leaving the store with one of these things.”
So now I have it.
The bookstore is kobo. I need a kobo account and a adobe account to read their books. Perhaps I will play with it a bit. Then I will flash it to be a android tablet. I have yet to try it with the pdf content I alread own. Maybe I will need to convert to EPub. Calibre here I come.