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Old 10-15-2010, 06:18 PM   #1
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"I'd like to read this book on Kindle"

Such a nice little link under all the books we'd like to see as ebooks but are not yet available in that format.

It does make me feel like my opinion is important to Amazon (and maybe even the publishers-!-) but does anyone know if it makes any difference at all whether you click the link or not? I can't really imagine Amazon saying to a publisher or copyright holder, "Hey, someone requested your book in digital form, you'd better do it quick!"

Have any of you seen a book they requested as ebook actually appear as an ebook later?
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Old 10-15-2010, 06:25 PM   #2
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Nothing that I've personally clicked, but someone on the Amazon forums recently reported that a book they'd clicked had become available on kindle. Just don't know whether it was due to the clicking or not...it's very possible it was a coincidence.

I'd suspect they'd need quite a few clicks before the publisher would think there was a big appetite for a particular title.
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Old 10-15-2010, 08:07 PM   #4
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I'd like the equivalent for the kindle store. I'd like to buy this in <<Australia>> there are too many books just not available, and as a consumer, there is no good reason for it. Perhaps such an action would encourage publishers to pull their fingers out...
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Old 10-15-2010, 08:13 PM   #5
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I have seen kindle books appear after I have clicked, but it normally takes a long time, and it is probably less than 10% of the total clicked. It's difficult to tell whether the clicking helps. Hopefully Amazon presents the statistics to the publishers. On the other hand, it may be a way of getting us to stick around -- hoping that we are making a difference. Either way, it is a good marketing strategy.

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Old 10-15-2010, 09:04 PM   #6
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I seem to recall a statement by someone presumably in the know that the clicks are accumulated for a period (such a month) and then sent to the publishers.
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Old 10-16-2010, 01:34 AM   #7
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Hope it works for "The History of Love"

Bought Nicole Krauss's new novel, Great House, for the Kindle today, and tried to buy her earlier one, The History of Love, but it wasn't available as an e-book so I clicked "I'd like to read...." The NYT review of Great House talks about how it reworks some of the same themes from The History of Love, so it'll be interesting to see if the new book generates demand for an electronic version of the earlier one.
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Old 10-16-2010, 06:21 AM   #8
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I have to agree with malliemcg. I'd prefer a "I demand this ebook available in Europe" in Kindle Store.
Georestriction is utterly stupid!

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Old 10-16-2010, 10:46 AM   #9
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Such a nice little link under all the books we'd like to see as ebooks but are not yet available in that format.

Have any of you seen a book they requested as ebook actually appear as an ebook later?
Yes I have seen several.
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Old 10-16-2010, 12:31 PM   #10
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It is good to hear that some people have seen books become eBooks after they have clicked the Amazon link requesting it. I haven't yet seen any of my requests granted, but in hopes that it makes a difference - eventually - I will continue to use the link.

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I have to agree with malliemcg. I'd prefer a "I demand this ebook available in Europe" in Kindle Store.
Georestriction is utterly stupid!
I am in the US so haven't noticed the geographical restrictions that have been placed on some (many?) eBooks - I am sure there are some that aren't available in the US, though - but agree with the non-US folks here that it makes very little sense. Is the restriction placed on them by the publishers due to some obscure international law? I can't imagine the authors have anything to do with it - certainly they would want their creations available to the widest possible audience. On the other hand, wouldn't the publishers also want to sell to the widest possible audience??

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Old 10-16-2010, 03:51 PM   #11
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It probably helps Amazon let the Publisher know what books folks are looking for and could effect which books the Publishers put forward.
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Georestrictions stem largely from the rights that publishers negotiated with authors. If a publisher did not specify in their contract with an author that they had the right to publish and ebook version of "Book X" in Australia, they simply have no legal right to sell "Book X" in Australia.
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Georestrictions stem largely from the rights that publishers negotiated with authors. If a publisher did not specify in their contract with an author that they had the right to publish and ebook version of "Book X" in Australia, they simply have no legal right to sell "Book X" in Australia.
So the author has to bring a list of countries, including the USA, in which she or he wants their book to be published, otherwise it's only available in Massachusetts, (just as an example )?? That doesn't seem as if it would be in the best interests of either the author or the publisher, and still makes little sense to me. But then, I have no experience with publishing nor with what an author goes through in order to get a book (eBook or pBook) published and distributed, so I just have the point of view of a reader. As a reader, I think all books should be available to all people everywhere.

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If you are a self-publisher author, your ebooks are available anywhere, no restrictions. In the old model of printed books, if your books are sold through a publisher, that publisher may make deals with publishers in other countries for those companies to print and sell the books there (it saves shipping and distribution costs for the first publisher, and provides for some localization like translations). This is an agreement between the two publishers that neither will sell into the other's area. The first publisher gets a cut of the selling price. This is a reasonable way to handle things if you have to transport physical items. It's not necessary in the ebook world, but these agreements are for the most part still in effect, meaning that some ebooks cannot be sold into other countries until the agreement expires, which may take many years.

The author has no say in any of this.

I would be surprised if this model lasts much longer. It may be that in future contracts, ebooks will be excepted from such contracts.
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