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Your move, Amazon: Kobo announces a new frontier E-Book Reader

August 19, 2016

Your move, Amazon: Kobo announces a new frontier E-Book Reader

I always want there to be competition for the Kindle.

It’s a good thing…it drives innovation.

Frontlit EBR (E-Book Reader)? NOOK was first.

Lending to your friends and family? Again, NOOK first.

Well, while the NOOK line has been imploding, Kobo has been continuing to improve its EBRs.

Available for preorder August 30th is their latest:

Kobo Aura ONE

While I’m not at all tempted to switch, I am impressed with the features…and with a marketing introduction which I admire, and appears to be working; it’s been years since I’ve seen the “Kindle Killer” stories in the blogosphere. 😉

I’m sure it’s not a Kindle Killer…but in the paraphrased words of Nietzsche (and exact words of Kelly Clarkson),  “What  doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” 😉

The price is $229.99, which is $60 less than Amazon’s top of the line Kindle Oasis…in fact, you could buy the new Kobo and the entry level Fire tablet for the price of the Oasis.

What does the Aura ONE have going for it?

It can automatically adjust the amount of blue light, meaning it has a day mode, and a mode which won’t tend to disrupt your sleep. While the Fire tablets now have a blue light filter option (“Blue Shade”), that doesn’t adjust automatically and it’s not on the Kindle EBRs. You can also adjust it manually.

Do we want this for the Kindle EBRs? Sure, why not? I actually have my

Kindle Voyage (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

light turned all the way down when I read in bed…but I do have superior night vision, which may be connected  to some color vision deficiency.

It has built-in Overdrive: borrow e-books from your public library easily. It looks to me like you set up OverDrive with your public library, and then you’ll have a choice of buying it or borrowing it from your public library (if available). Seems like it will just be a tap of a button, although it might not be quite that simple.

Why would they do that? Won’t that hurt their sales?

They say they looked at data, and that people who were serious readers both bought and borrowed books.

Yep…there is a “myth of scarcity”, that suggests that there tends to be only so much of a resource, so it will only be allocated in limited ways. In this case, it would be that people spend X amount for books…so, if they borrow a book, that reduces the number of books they buy.

However, it could be that they buy the same number of the books they did before, plus they borrow library books. It could even be that they buy more books…they borrow a book, like  it, and then buy other books in the series or buy that book for other people.

Before I mention more features, I want to mention that marketing angle.

Kobo is positioning this as customers being involved in the design process. They say, “Designed with the help of our most passionate customers.”

Now, Amazon has clearly had customers looking at devices before they are released (that’s why they can have blurbs for the announcement press release). They don’t, though, identify those people in the way Kobo is doing. I think that’s effective. It makes people think that Kobo is listening to its customers.

More on features:

  • It’s waterproof:  something Amazon has yet to do (but I think we may see that in new models in September)
  • They have a lot of options for the appearance of the text: “…weight and sharpness settings exclusive to Kobo, as well as the ability to choose from over 50 font sizes and 11 font types”. The Oasis has nine fonts and eight sizes
  • The ONE weighs 230g: that’s more than the Oasis when it doesn’t have its cover (it’s 131g or 133g, depending on whether it has 3G or not). The cover adds 107g…which makes the Oasis in its cover heavier than the ONE without a cover…but I would guess many people will read the ONE in a cover
  • The ONE has 8gb of memory…the Oasis has 4gb
  • The Kobo has 14 file formats supported natively (EPUB, EPUB3, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR). The Oasis supports these: “Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion”. CBR is for comic books, and that’s popular

The other big difference is that it is, well…bigger.  😉 That’s in terms of screen size: it’s 7.8″, compared to 6″ for all of the current Kindle EBRs.

Honestly,  I don’t think I’d like that better. I had an 8.9″ tablet (one of a bunch of devices stolen in a home break-in), and it was too big to fit comfortably in pockets in my “utility vest” which I wear on the weekends. I like the form actor of the Voyage and Paperwhite. On the other hand, my now discontinued Kindle Fire HDX 7″ isn’t too big,  so  maybe it would be okay.

Bottom line: I think this has some great features, and Kobo has been, I think, thoughtful in the design. Amazon has other great features, and the obvious one is that it’s compatible with my Kindle books. 😉 That’s by no means the only thing, though: Amazon’s customer service is so good (in my experience, and based on surveys) that it is a major advantage.

I expect this will drive further development on Amazon’s part, giving us Kindleers even better devices in the future.

Bonus deal: speaking of devices, two Kindle EBRs are $20 off at time of writing:

All-New Kindle E-reader – Black, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) $59.99 instead of $79.99


All-New Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) $99.99 instead  of $119.99

Those are both good models (I own the both). I like the Paperwhite very much, and this is the new entry level Kindle with Bluetooth audio.

What do you think? Which of these features would you want in future Kindles? Have you owned or do you own a Kobo? What would make you switch to another model…if anything? Would you have two different  libraries to use two different devices? Feel free to let me and my readers know what you think by commenting on this post.

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EBRs beyond Amazon: January 2016

January 23, 2016

EBRs beyond Amazon: January 2016

When the Amazon Kindle was first introduced in November of 2007, there were already more than ten devices dedicated to reading e-books in the US market…it’s just that none of them were doing much here. 🙂 Even Sony, which was a powerhouse in the consumer electronics market, had them…and that included with a non-backlit screen.

Amazon revolutionized the market with their $400 device…having an E Ink screen was important, but there were really two other things which moved it from a techie, niche device to a more mainstream one (at least among readers).

One was the ability to wirelessly download books. Having to cable your device to a computer to get a book was a considerable hurdle to many people.

The other one was…that it was Amazon. 🙂 Now, there was intense skepticism among tech writers that Amazon could successfully introduced hardware, but there wasn’t any skepticism among readers that Amazon could sell them books.

Before the Kindle, the e-book market was techies.

With the Kindle, the e-book market was readers.

Over time, I’ve written about a number of non-Amazon devices…and they aren’t all still around.

I leave the links on the website, even though some of them don’t go anywhere, partially to preserve the list historically. For those of you using screen readers, and even those without, I know it can be difficult to click on a broken link. I’ll go through and re-label those or do something with them to explain the situation.

Here are the links (again, some of these may not go anywhere):

So, in the USA, for non-backlit EBRs (which is part of how I define an EBR now), it’s largely the Kindle, the nook, and the Kobos.

Part of that may be that people have transitioned reading e-books to tablets…you can get a tablet cheaper than an EBR, and have color, text-to-speech, audiobooks, and animation (for enhanced e-books). The sight-reading experience for me is better on a non-backlit device (I usually read on two different ones a day), but because of text-to-speech, I’d say most of my reading is on my now discontinued Kindle Fire HDX. That’s not just because of using TTS…since that’s my device that does TTS and I usually use that for hours every weekday, it’s the device I carry with me. When I do sight-read at work, it’s on my Kindle Fire.

Okay, let’s take a look at what is available currently (not used or refurbished) from those three companies.


I read on a Paperwhite and a Voyage (two different rooms), and like them both.

The basic Kindle above doesn’t have a light.

The Voyage has a different way to change pages than the Paperwhite.

We may get a new model or more from Amazon this year…I’ve predicted they’ll do a “waterproof” one.


  • Kobo Touch 2.0 $89.99
  • Kobo Glo HD $129.99
  • Kobo Aura H20 $189.99

Kobos are seen as being quality devices, and I would consider them perhaps the strongest competitor (going into the future) for the Kindle.

Their Touch is $10 more than the basic Kindle (which also has touch), and the Glo is $10 more than the Paperwhite.

The H20, though, is $10 less than the Voyage…and it is “waterproof”.

Also, those prices are compared to the lowest Kindle prices…and some people don’t want to see ads on their devices in order to get them initially at a discount. If you don’t want the ads, the Kobos are cheaper.


  • NOOK (they have been inconsistent on capitalization) GlowLight Plus $129.99

Frontlit, touchscreen, waterproof, and it does DRM ePUB (Digital Rights Management protected) which the Kindles don’t.

So, what would I recommend?

First, I wouldn’t go with the nook, unless you are already heavily invested in nook books. I just don’t think you can count on the company’s future, especially with regard to EBRs. The company name might be around for a long time, and the nook name may be on tablets, but I think it’s a risk. Also, right from the beginning, the customer service for the devices has been markedly superior (both in execution and policies) for the Kindle over the nook. If you already have nooks and want to stay with this, this is a good model with some nice features.

The Kobos are, from what I understand (I’ve never owned one), good devices and their owners like them. I think Kobo is a much more stable company than Barnes & Noble (looking at EBRs for the latter for sure). I don’t think this is a bad choice, but…

I’d go with the Kindles. Again, Amazon’s Customer Service is great on these, and they fit pretty nicely into the Amazon ecosystem, which you may be using for other things. I also like them as devices. 🙂 For most people, I would go with the Paperwhite. Having the light (it’s a frontlight, not a backlight) is really worth it over the least expensive model. The Voyage is a bit nicer, and there’s nothing wrong with going for that. Again, for most people, though, I think they’ll see the Paperwhite as a better value.

If I look at this again two years from now, I’m not convinced we’ll have the nook (it should survive this holiday season, but might be eliminated in 2017), but I do think we’ll have the Kindles and the Kobos. I don’t see somebody else getting into the market right at this point, although that might happen if reflective screen technology gets a lot cheaper. We may also still see some sort of “dualume” screens, that have both reflective and backlit screens, or reflective screens may add color and/or animation as their technology improves.

What do you think? Did/do you own a non-Kindle EBR? How do you feel about it? Have I left off an EBR in the USA? Am I underestimating Barnes & Noble’s future involvement with EBRs? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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Round up #266: genre map, Hachette’s sales are…

September 1, 2014

Round up #266: genre map, Hachette’s sales are…

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Hachette e-book sales down 34%

Behold the awesome power of Amazon!

Er…sort of. 😉

According to this

Publishers Weekly article by Jim Milliot

traditional publishers didn’t have a great first six months of 2014.

It’s worth reading the article to get the stats for the reporting publishers involved (HarperCollins, which I now tend to think of as one of the most customer-friendly of the tradpubs…traditional publishers…seems to have done the best).

While not taking too much away from it, I will call out this:

“The increase came despite a decline in U.S. e-book sales, which fell to 29% of trade HBG [Hachette Book Group] sales in the first half of 2014, down from 34% in the same period last year. HBG cited fewer movie tie-ins and the “punitive” action of Amazon as causes of the drop in revenue.”

Book Country interactive genre map: are publishers figuring out how to do discovery without Amazon?

I’ve written before about how Amazon is looking for a way not to be dependent on the tradpubs, and the tradpubs are looking for a way not to be dependent on Amazon.

I think Amazon is making progress…

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

may train people away from just reading “People Magazine books” (the books you would read about in that mainstream periodical). That’s just one place.

The tradpubs?

Well, they do keep trying things, but I’m not sure I’m seeing that much evidence of success.  HarperCollins is participating in the Oyster subser (subscription service), which is one path…and could have contributed to the better year we see above (although it’s hard to say how much influence that income could have, since we don’t know what it is).

One main reason why tradpubs need Amazon is for discovery: how will people find your books if they aren’t on the increasingly easy to access e-tail behemoth?

Here’s an interesting (and useful) attempt at a solution:

Book Country Genre Map


for the heads up on that!

What you do is hover over the map to find a genre you like, then click on it.

Once you do that, you’ll get

  • a definition of the genre (those seemed okay to me)
  • subgenres
  • “landmark” titles in the genre (I wouldn’t have picked the ones listed
  • Book Country titles in the genre (I got 165 results for science fiction…none of them well-known that I noticed at first)
  • latest science fiction discussions
  • Book Country science fiction people

As you can probably tell, there’s quite a social component to this (there are reviews and such) and what certainly seems to be independent publishing.

The “landmark” titles could be clicked on and purchased…and those appeared to be from tradpubs (traditional publishers).

The site is run by…Penguin Random House.

I think this shows that the tradpubs are trying new things…not sure how successful it will be.

You may find it useful for discovery.

Back in 2009, I listed literary websites, and one of the ones I mentioned (still in operation) is I think that has an interesting discovery system, where you can put in elements, and it will find books for you. For example, you could search for a humorous time travel book with clones (I found several). You can search for a librarian who is a super genius (aren’t they all), and so on.

I think we’ll continue to see Amazon and the tradpubs try to make it on their own. I have to say, I probably give the edge to Amazon, since I would guess they have many more customer transactions in a year, giving them more opportunity to figure out what works.

Win a Kobo Touch

You can enter this


to have a chance to win a Kobo Touch. You have to enter by September 1st.

Kobos get good reviews and have a lot of fans…I would say they are seen as somewhat upscale compared to Amazon. In fact, their new “waterproof”

Kobo Aura H20

can be ordered starting September 1st (that’s not the one being given away).

It is $179.99, so certainly on the high end for an EBR (E-Book Reader)…but lots of people worry about reading their Kindles in the bath or at the beach, and this seems like a good solution. In case it starts to rain, I carry a gallon-size Ziploc bag. I can seal it…and keep reading. 🙂

What do you think? Besides Amazon, where do you find out about books? What’s the weirdest, most specific book topic for which you’ve ever searched? Had a Kobo? Have you had an EBR/tablet water damaged? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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Kobo announces new hardware

August 28, 2013

Kobo announces new hardware

Kobo announced new hardware today…although weirdly, it isn’t on their website yet.

Hypothetically available to order today, according to this

CNET review by David Carnoy

and other sources, Kobo will have the Aura available for $149.99.

It’s a frontlit (like the Paperwhite) 6″ capacitative touch screen model.

What I’m reading makes it sounds like they’ve improved the appearance. Also, reportedly, you’ll only see the screen redrawn every 100 screens or so…and battery life still sounds comparable to competitors’ devices.

Certainly, Kobo is a worthy company in the EBR (E-Book Reader) market, even if they aren’t that big here in the USA.

They’d best bask in the spotlight while they can. No wi-fi Paperwhite appears to be available new from Amazon now, although the 3G model is. That strongly suggests to me an announcement soon…it wouldn’t surprise me if it was tomorrow (given Amazon’s history with Wednesday announcements).

Kobo will apparently continue offering the more expensive Aura HD, and their other models (mini, glo, and touch).

They are also introducing three new tablets in their ARC line.

They range from $150 to $400. Let’s go with CNET again with this

post by Eric Franklin

Amazon’s lowest priced tablet is $159…and that might drop if Amazon introduces new hardware soon ($149 is certainly a more attractive price point for a lot of people).


TechCrunch article by Ingrid Lunden

has some interesting information on the software/features side.

One is “reading mode”. Essentially, that cuts off all distraction from reading…saving battery charge life and making the “unitaskers” out there happier. 😉

They are also spiffing up the stores, with interest specific stores…kids’ books and magazines, for example.

I’ll stop there, since I don’t want to take too much away from the reporting of others.

Does it make sense to buy a Kobo?

I do think they are an innovative company with an interesting future, even though they may not tend to do anything too wild or out there.

However, I don’t think they can match Amazon in services, including Customer Service.

For example, one of the big attractions for me of the Kindle store is that you can “return” a Kindle store book for a refund within seven days of purchase. You can decide why you want to return it…up to you. Naturally, if you abused the privilege (you bought 100 books in three months and returned every single one, as a hypothetical), you’d hear about it from Amazon and they might drop you as a customer, eventually (that’s about the last thing they ever want to do).


Terms of Sales

say it quite bluntly: “All Sales (sic) are final.”

That doesn’t make them out of the norm…last I checked, you couldn’t return e-books to Barnes & Noble or Sony, either.

It just makes Amazon extraordinarily good in this.

My guess is that Kobo users are happy with their devices, and that they will continue to come up with tweaks that make the reading experience better. I expect them to be around for quite a while, in part because of their strength outside the USA (I can’t say the same for Barnes & Noble…I would put B&N more in the category of “I think they might…”).

I do think that Amazon offers more in terms of the broad customer experience. Their integration of books with other content, and with physical objects, does make sense to me. Why shop in ten stores if you can shop in one and get better services, prices, and selection?

Amazon just announced something that might become very important in this

press release

The Mobile Associates API (Application Programming Interface) will let app studios add in-app purchasing of physical items, and they’ll get advertising fees, the way Amazon Associates do now.

That may not sound like much to you, but it could really change some things.

An app doesn’t have to be a game (but it could…you could buy cosplay Doctor Who items while playing a Doctor Who game, for example…or any of the many TARDIS items). It could be a store simulation.

You could be using a sporting goods store simulation app, and actually buy the products right there.

Another way Amazon may become your Everything of Choice (gee, maybe I should trademark that) 😉 is by providing its own new wireless way to connect to the internet.

Yep, not wi-fi, not 4G…possibly something different, maybe more accessible, and perhaps free (hard to say at this point).

I think I first saw this story in this

Bloomberg article by Olga Kharif & Danielle Kucera>

and I was also alerted by a reader in a private e-mail (thanks!).

Imagine that Amazon owns its own network…and that it is better than what you are using now.

Oh, that doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t perhaps let other companies use it…for licensing, fees, of course.

This would be like…Amazon owning the biggest store in town, and then building a brand new, superfast and convenient public transit system.

If other, smaller stores want to have their customers use the hypertransit, they have to pay Amazon.


So, would I buy a Kobo?

I wouldn’t suggest you don’t do that, but you aren’t going to be reading your Kindle store books on one of their readers, although I believe you can install the Kindle app on the tablets.

In other words, I wouldn’t walk away from Amazon for a Kobo…but nobody says you need only one e-book ecosystem.

This is all good new for Kindle users, of course…competition drives innovation and price deflation.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

Round up #182: Outlander TV series, Advanced Search for Kindle store

June 27, 2013

Round up #182: Outlander TV series, Advanced Search for Kindle store

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

Amazon adds Advanced Search to USA Kindle store

Well, this is nice to see, and I’m not quite sure when it happened!

In the past, I’ve gone to the Books (not Kindle Books) part of Amazon, and then used the Advanced Search there (limiting it to Kindle format) to find things like books being released in the future.

They’ve now added that feature (I’m not sure when) to the side navigation links in the Kindle store:

Kindle eBooks: Advanced Search

Here’s what it looks like:


They have four categories of ages for kids, and quite a few subjects.


Kobo Mini under $40 for the USA

That’s right…you can get a major company’s reflective screen (non-backlit) EBR (E-Book Reader) for $39.99 through July 18th.

Now, it’s important to note that this a 5-inch screen (not a 6-inch, like most non-backlit EBRs), but it is a touchscreen. Amazon’s cheapest touchscreen is the Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers for $119.

You can’t read your Kindle store books on it, but it does do Adobe DRM (Digital Rights Management). It might be good for emergencies…you know, like that little donut spare tire in your car. 😉

It also might be good for classrooms or offices, if you are just doing public domain titles, or proprietary company documents.

I don’t think this will force Amazon to match the price with the Mindle, but I’m sure they are not unaware of it, and will be looking to see how it does as they st the pricing for any new hardware they might introduce this year.

Um…like forgetting how to punctuate a contraction? 😉

On the other hand, I have to admit I was amused by this with Kobo. I really try to match my adult kid’s approach to grammar. My kid is a linguist, and tries to get me to not be so strict about English, since it is evolving.

However, the irony of the headline on this Kobo blog post caught my eye:

Schools out for summer, but books are always in! (sic)

Now, I know that part of why people talk about wanting to keep kids reading in the summer is that it tends to reduce the “brain drain” that supposedly occurs during the academic break.

What’s funny to me is that the first part of the headline should be “School’s out for summer”, right? It’s a contraction of “school is”…

Amazon’s “Summer Sun, Reading Fun”

Amazon has a bestseller list of books for

Summer Sun, Reading Fun

Since this is a top 100 list, it should change from time to time…but there were some interesting suggestions in there.

Not all games are apps

While apps for the Kindle Fire certainly get a lot of attention, the “active content” for the RSKs (Reflective Screen Kindles…anything but a Kindle Fire at this point) are still growing.

I thought this was an interesting category:

Interactive Fiction for RSKs

Oh, they don’t call it “RSKs”, by the way…that’s one of my terms, and a lot of people don’t like that I refer to them as “reflective screen” devices. 🙂 Technically, that is what they are (you read by light reflecting off the screen, the same way you read paperbooks), but people think a reflection means a glare, so they do (I think understandably) think there might be some confusion about whether a hard-to-read-in-the-sun tablet is a reflective device or not. It’s not reflections that make those backlit devices hard to read, it’s because they are competing with the sunlight…but I understand.

These are books for the Kindle Paperwhite, Mindle, DX, that kind of thing…where you make choices which affect how the story continues.

While the Fighting Fantasy and Lone Wolf books (which some of you may remember from paper) are classified here, the Choose Your Own Adventure books are not. I think that might be up to the publisher, as most  categorization is.

These can certainly be fun, and I think they can appeal especially to tweens, who do find the ability to control things (besides just their families) 😉 something that they don’t always have, but are looking forward to being able to do in the future.

Outlander to be a series on Starz

I know a lot of people are fans of Diana Gabaldon’s

The Outlander Series

I’m linking the seven-book bundle, which doesn’t block text-to-speech access, and which looks like it saves you 20% overall.

I’ve always liked time travel books, but I haven’t read this romance series.

Obviously, broadcasters are looking for the next Game of Thrones, and they might think this is it.

According to this

USA Today article by Bill Keveney

Starz has ordered 16 episodes, to be broadcast in 2014.

John Grisham to Broadway

Speaking of adaptations, John Grisham’s A Time to Kill (I’m not linking to it because it blocks text-to-speech access*) is heading for Broadway.

According to this

Entertainment Weekly article by Jason Clark

the play (not a musical, I think…disappointed?) 😉 will be written by Rupert Holmes, who did The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Re-purposed books…as art

Okay, this is probably about as close as you’ve seen from to a rant. 😉

From time to time, we are either in places where artists are selling their works, or I see them online. People will take books (and vinyl records), and gut them, or restructure them some way to turn them into art. They may use actual book covers to create other book covers, or tear up pages to get words all in a mish mash.

Yes, it looks arty, but a little part of me dies every time I see one. 😉 Intellectually, I know that the books are the words, not the physical objects, but still…somebody could have read that book, and can’t now.

This is one of those cases where I’m guessing that some of you have the same reaction…but I know that people technically have the right to do that sort of thing with copies of paperbooks.

What do you think? Is making art of books okay? Are you a big Outlander fan? How do you feel when you see something where it looks to you like the grammar is “wrong”…and do you do anything about it? Feel free to let me and my readers know by commenting on this post.

* A Kindle with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books. In this particular post, I decided to list the title, since the news story is more about the play than about buying the book, but I did not link to it

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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