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Old 12-28-2012, 08:31 AM   #1
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Where are all the Canadian eBooks?

So I discover there's this section of books called CanLit. Intrigued, I do a search and find this web site: http://www.cbc.ca/books/2012/06/10-c...#igImgId_44310

But then I go to the Kindle Store, the Nook store, and finally, the Canada-based Kobo store and find that almost none of these titles are on their shelves. In at least one case, Amazon doesn't even carry the print version (but you can buy it through them from other sellers.) Am I missing some grand repository of Canadian eBooks, or do our friends up north still adhere to the printed page?
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:19 AM   #2
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*shrug* Other than certain government entities that have the mandate to promote Canadian culture (and thus get to impose rules on broadcasters like the CBC), "CanLit" is something you generally only see as a category on temporary bookshelves during the last couple of weeks in June (the lead up to Canada Day on July 1st) or when the Governor General's Literary Awards are given out (Wikipedia has lists of the winners by year, if you want more suggestions for Canadian reading).
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:38 AM   #3
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The Tanis Rideout book is available at Kobo in its Boxing Week Sale. I can't remember the exact price off-hand but it is $5.00 or less.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:09 PM   #4
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llcj, you have just illustrated my problem perfectly. In the US, if I search on Tanis Rideout on Kobo, I get 0 hits. I did search Amazon for that one, and it shows it as "prerelease" (both hardcover and Kindle) - due out in the middle of February. Ditto for the Nook. Nothing on Google Play or Kobo (no hits, no message of upcoming releases.)

Undoubtably, this is partly a rights and distribution issue, which defeats the whole benefit of the Internet and eBooks in the first place. This kind of utter nonsense is exactly why the publishers of dead tree material are imperiled. My TCP/IP packets have no idea when they cross over a state or country's border. My books shouldn't, either.

This is exactly the kind of stuff that makes me believe that the eBook concept is fatally flawed.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:55 PM   #5
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The eBook market is indeed flawed, but eBooks themselves are just victims of our politics.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:47 PM   #6
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I'm confused about why any publisher wouldn't make every book possible for sale as an ebook: the cost of converting must be next to nothing, and anything they sell is pure profit.
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:18 PM   #7
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Where are all the Canadian eBooks?

They're all over the place
  • Catcher in the Rye, Eh
  • Fahrenheit 451, Eh
  • Gone With the Wind, Eh
  • etc, etc, eh
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:14 PM   #8
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I thought all of the Canadian ebooks were in Canada.
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:41 PM   #10
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Both Alice Munro's and Margaret Atwood's books seem to be easily available as ebooks. They are both very well known names internationally, though. Yet you cannot even get Robertson Davies' books unless you want to get them from a pirate site.
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What about Jalna?
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The Jalna series (one of my favorites) is available at both Kobo and BoB, and you can use coupons!

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Slightly off topic, but I get the distinct impression that Canada is the country of choice when it comes to the ebook upload forums here. Am I right and, if so, is it something to do with copyright?
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Slightly off topic, but I get the distinct impression that Canada is the country of choice when it comes to the ebook upload forums here. Am I right and, if so, is it something to do with copyright?
It is where the eBooks in the library here are uploaded. Canadian copyright is Life plus 50 as opposed to Life plus 70 in many countries or Life plus 100 in Mexico, no idea if that's the reasoning for the servers location.
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