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Old 12-13-2009, 08:22 PM   #1
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Not ALL the books in a series are available?

I don't just mean like the first couple are and the later ones aren't, I mean sometimes the first several aren't and later ones are, or ones in the middle are skipped or there are only sparatic ones here or there but you can't buy the whole series, in alot of the ones I look at! Is there a way to request for them to get certain books or is this just the way it is and I need to find paperbacks of these other books?
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To get older titles as ebooks you would probably need to contact the publisher. Seeing some publishers are hesitant to give ebooks their due you may be waiting a while before those titles become available.
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Old 12-14-2009, 12:44 PM   #3
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I don't just mean older books. I've looked at so many books that are in a series and you'll get the first, third, fourth, sixth, but here and there are some missing. I'll look on Amazon and they'll have them (some of the time), I'm just curious why they do and others don't?
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I don't just mean older books. I've looked at so many books that are in a series and you'll get the first, third, fourth, sixth, but here and there are some missing. I'll look on Amazon and they'll have them (some of the time), I'm just curious why they do and others don't?
My understanding is that it depends on who owns the rights to each title in a series. Sometimes, an author is published by different publishing houses or divisions or even has different contract rights on the various titles. (and it may depend on who gets the ebook rights) I gather that it's complicated. A few MR author members have shared some insight into this with us.

It can be frustrating at times. Many members use book searches (Inkmesh is one that I can remember) to find out if the missing book may be available from other (maybe lesser known) ebook stores.
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:04 PM   #5
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Thank you, I had no idea it was that complicated. I'll check out that Inkmesh thing.
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Thank you, I had no idea it was that complicated. I'll check out that Inkmesh thing.
Hey Carol, I'm building this Inkmesh thing, so let me know if you have any questions or suggestions
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Old 12-15-2009, 12:13 AM   #7
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Okay, thanks! I haven't had time to look at it for more than a second today. We homeschool and until we break for Christmas we're pretty busy. I will take a look though, I love the idea of someplace you can go that will look at what's available where and tell you the best place to find it!
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I bought The Liveship Traders trilogy by Robin Hobb as a bundle some time ago and now only the first and third books are available. I guess this issue has to do with the conversion to Epub and I hope they'll be able to fix it soon enough.
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:45 PM   #9
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Same problem here. I've bought the first book of the Farseer trilogy only to notice later that the second book isn't available in ePub! But the third one is...
I hope this issue won't last forever, this is really annoying and it makes me want to get a Kindle and buy only from Amazon.
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Same problem here. I've bought the first book of the Farseer trilogy only to notice later that the second book isn't available in ePub! But the third one is...
I hope this issue won't last forever, this is really annoying and it makes me want to get a Kindle and buy only from Amazon.
Unfortunately, you'll find the same problem there with certain series.

Like it was mentioned before.........it depends on a lot of things.

eventually, the holes will be filled in.
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Old 01-30-2010, 02:24 PM   #11
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I sent an email to BoB about another problem and the ePub problem:
"Hi

The title says the book contains Assassin's Apprentice and Royal Assassin, but the epub file only contains Assassin's Apprentice.

So there is obviously something wrong.

Moreover the Royal Assassin book is not available as ePub. Then how will I be able to read the sequel?

Is this a bug?

Thanks
Nicolas"

Here is their answer:
"Hi Nicolas,

Thank you for shopping with BooksOnBoard. We have contacted the distributors about this; they should fix this shortly and we will email you as soon as they have provided a solution. Please let us know if you have any questions in the meantime and we will assist.

Regards,

Lee
BooksOnBoard Support"

Hope both issues will be resolved soon.

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This isn't exactly a new problem... there are dozens of series in paper format where parts of the series are out-of-print but at least with eBooks, once available, we can hope they will stay available as no requirements to hold anything other than a file...
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