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Old 12-04-2009, 01:35 PM   #1
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Interesting article in UK Guardian about International Kindle

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/book...missing-titles

In the UK Waterstones have been giving away The Lost Symbol with Sony readers.

Worth a skim.

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Old 12-04-2009, 01:43 PM   #2
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I think that the article is geared towards our brothers on the other side of the pond since all the books the author talks about, Dan Brown, Stephen King, Sarah Palin, are available on the Kindle here in the US.
I do understand though. I would be rather upset if I was always getting dinged because of where I lived. Hell, I was angry the first time I ran into a book that i could not get because I lived in the US! I didnt even want to read it in all reality but the fact that I could not read it, even if I wanted to, pissed me off.

It sure is a shame that we cant all me one big happy planet.
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I think the article is a fair reflection of how a lot of people on this side of the pond feel about Kindle. I know the geographic restrictions arent unique to Amazon, but shipping the product outside of the US with a US charger .. please!! Not to mention, no text to speech or browser! It was a rush job to say the least. Oh and tag on the $2 extra for downloading outside of the US. Yeah, we feel the love Amazon

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I think the article is a fair reflection of how a lot of people on this side of the pond feel about Kindle. I know the geographic restrictions arent unique to Amazon, but shipping the product outside of the US with a US charger .. please!! Not to mention, no text to speech or browser! It was a rush job to say the least. Oh and tag on the $2 extra for downloading outside of the US. Yeah, we feel the love Amazon
The sad thing is that it is hardly a rush job either when you look at how long it actually took them to introduce this officially endorsed grey importing scheme.
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The sad thing is that it is hardly a rush job either when you look at how long it actually took them to introduce this officially endorsed grey importing scheme.
Yep, that's hard to argue with!
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Old 12-04-2009, 03:19 PM   #6
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I think that the article is geared towards our brothers on the other side of the pond since all the books the author talks about, Dan Brown, Stephen King, Sarah Palin, are available on the Kindle here in the US.
It certainly is aimed at the UK - it is published in the UK Guardian newspaper. Irony is Dan Brown is available in ePub on the UK Waterstones site, although I can't find any Stephen King.
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They are really selling 100k Kindles a week?? e-readers are definitely huge in 2010!
My friends in Australia always complain about the lack of selection with international purchases.

It's unfortunate, but hopefully pubishers will realise the huge amount of cash e-readers will bring into their coffers and get behind international licensing of ebooks.
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Old 12-04-2009, 06:20 PM   #8
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I think the article is a fair reflection of how a lot of people on this side of the pond feel about Kindle. I know the geographic restrictions arent unique to Amazon, but shipping the product outside of the US with a US charger .. please!! Not to mention, no text to speech or browser! It was a rush job to say the least. Oh and tag on the $2 extra for downloading outside of the US. Yeah, we feel the love Amazon
So no text-to-speech at all on the international version? or is it just an increase in the number of books not allowed to be read via TTS?
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Old 12-05-2009, 03:04 AM   #9
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I think that the article is geared towards our brothers on the other side of the pond since all the books the author talks about, Dan Brown, Stephen King, Sarah Palin, are available on the Kindle here in the US.
I do understand though. I would be rather upset if I was always getting dinged because of where I lived. Hell, I was angry the first time I ran into a book that i could not get because I lived in the US! I didnt even want to read it in all reality but the fact that I could not read it, even if I wanted to, pissed me off.

It sure is a shame that we cant all me one big happy planet.
Have you read the article?

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I searched this week for the new Pynchon and was flabbergast, that I couldn't find a single ebook by him.
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Old 12-05-2009, 04:32 AM   #10
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I think the article is a fair reflection of how a lot of people on this side of the pond feel about Kindle. I know the geographic restrictions arent unique to Amazon, but shipping the product outside of the US with a US charger .. please!! Not to mention, no text to speech or browser! It was a rush job to say the least. Oh and tag on the $2 extra for downloading outside of the US. Yeah, we feel the love Amazon
What do you mean "no text to speech"? The international Kindle certainly does have TTS!
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Old 12-05-2009, 04:39 AM   #11
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They are really selling 100k Kindles a week??
I seriously doubt it, given that PVI (the company which makes eInk screens for everybody) only has a manufacturing capacity of around 100,000 screens per month - and that's for all the device manufacturers combined.
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What do you mean "no text to speech"? The international Kindle certainly does have TTS!
Oops, I stand corrected. I still wont be singing the praises of Amazon though. My relationship with them is strictly wrt pBooks and will remain so until they come out with something which treats non-US customers as equals.
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What do you mean "no text to speech"? The international Kindle certainly does have TTS!
...enabled on maybe 1% of its books, yes. Big chunk went off TTS last week, had two friends screaming about it. I lol'ed.
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...enabled on maybe 1% of its books, yes. Big chunk went off TTS last week, had two friends screaming about it. I lol'ed.
I don't have a Kindle, but I remember that issue, and how Amazon gave in and allowed publishers the choice of deactivating that feature on books if they chose.

So the worst fears are coming true so far? Publishers are deactivating it by default?
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Just checked. Every one of my books has TTS enabled. Where do you get your figure of only 1% of books being TTS enabled, DF? If it's true, I must have been astronomically "lucky" to have had none of mine disabled.
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