|11-25-2010, 07:50 PM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Adelaide, Australia
Device: IRiver Story HD, Google Nexus 7" tablet, Galaxy Nexus, Asus 1005HA
Who gets frustrated buing ebooks?
OK, I know ebooks are reasonably "new" technology (like they've only been out for several years), but are books publishers ever going to get serious about this cutting edge technology? Another frustrating experience this morning as I searched for some of the OUP's very useful "A Very Short Introduction" series. Oxford Press' site seems to be "unaware" that they even sell ebooks (or have them so well hidden that they are invisible). Trying to find which of the series was actually in epub format was an exercise in frustration, going to individual bookstore sites and trying to find (1) the series and (2) what formats were available for each book.
Oh - there is an "ebook" version of Oxford's catalogue for this series. It's slow to load, impossible to read ..... well, why do I bother? And it still only links to the paperback versions of each book.
If it was only OUP I would just assume they are behind the times, but trying to find any academic book can send my usually healthy blood pressure into meltdown. Ebooks.com now has a "beta" version of an academic books site, but still far from adequate let alone perfect. (No search by format?) At least they are trying.
Publishers - ebooks will not go away if you ignore them, they are not just for detective fiction, they are not just a fad. Get serious.
Last edited by CazMar; 11-25-2010 at 07:51 PM. Reason: And so frustrated I couldn't spell "buying"!
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