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Old 11-04-2010, 04:07 PM   #1
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Lostbooksales.com is up and running

Earlier this week Dear Author had a post about Geo-restrictions. One Commenter wished there was a website to report lost book sales. Jane at Dear Author thought it was a good idea. And now the webpage is up. The point is to make Publishers realise exactly how much they lose on Geo-restrictions, and on high prices.
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Old 11-04-2010, 04:17 PM   #2
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Love the site! To be fair, it's not always one publisher's fault, especially in cases where the author sells different publishers the rights to sell in different countries (usually in the contracting phase).
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Old 11-04-2010, 04:31 PM   #3
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Love the site! To be fair, it's not always one publisher's fault, especially in cases where the author sells different publishers the rights to sell in different countries (usually in the contracting phase).
Geo-restrictions aren't the only reason.
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:10 AM   #4
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The purpose of the website isn't to assign blame.

Its to collate data from real potential customers to prove that there is a demand.
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:06 PM   #5
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Earlier this week Dear Author had a post about Geo-restrictions exactly how much they lose on Geo-restrictions, and on high prices
Well, according to that article, Books On Board told a Canadian customer that:
The publisher territory restrictions prevent users from purchasing titles from retailers who are not in their same country. They are designed to ensure that ebook purchases in countries where these are taxed cannot avoid paying taxes by shopping abroad.
I've read a lot about geographic restrictions these last couple of years, but this is the first time I've heard of them being explained as a way of stopping tax avoidance.
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Old 11-06-2010, 11:10 AM   #6
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Mike L, it's goofier than that. I purchased a title from BooksonBoard a couple of weeks ago but mis-understood the icons its uses for ADE PDF and ADE ePub. I "bought" two freebies and one paid for title. The moment I paid and opened, I realised the PDF error. I wrote to customer service immediately and they flipped on the ADE ePub.

Ooops. Except for one thing. The ePub can't be sold in Canada, but the PDF -- same edition, same publisher -- can be. The delivery system prevented me downloading the ePub but happily supplied the PDF. They refunded my money. Kudos for the customer service but how dumb are those geo-restrictions?
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Old 11-06-2010, 11:25 AM   #7
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Ah, this is definitely interesting. I am most interested to see what becomes of this as I too think that some common sense needs to be knocked into a lot of heads in the book world. Let's just hope something happens from this.
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Old 11-06-2010, 12:00 PM   #8
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Every lost book sale for Ayn Rand is another mind freed to make its own decisions.
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Old 11-06-2010, 03:00 PM   #9
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:19 PM   #10
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I presume Steven Lake is rofl at Post 8 and I chuckled immediately upon reading it. Thanks for the laugh.
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Old 11-06-2010, 07:43 PM   #11
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Yes, it was at post 8.
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Old 11-07-2010, 12:19 AM   #12
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Every lost book sale for Ayn Rand is another mind freed to make its own decisions.
Awww. Atlas shrugs at your disdain for Rand .
Yeah, she's a bit cuckoo at times, but more useful than most philosophers I've read. YMMV ofc
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Old 11-08-2010, 02:30 AM   #13
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thanks for the heads-up. i've already bookmarked the site and submitted a lost sale.
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Old 11-13-2010, 11:09 AM   #14
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I submitted one this morning.

I noticed that of all the entries, so far, there are only two "found" sales. I hope that will change as time goes on.
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Great site! I also just submitted one. A friend from oversea e-mailed me a copy since I could not get it in ebook format in the US.
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