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Old 10-14-2009, 04:55 PM   #1
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Upset about Canadian Author - Only in US?

Today I went on the Sony site because I want to purchase the new Margaret Atwood book The Year of the Flood.

I literally live about one hour from where she lives in Toronto. So, I'm a little frustrated because I see the little notation indicating that I can only purchase this ebook if I live in the US.

Does anyone else find this a little rediculous?
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Old 10-14-2009, 05:11 PM   #2
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This is also available from the UK publishers, e.g. from WHSmith, and they might have the Canadian rights. Unfortunately, WHSmith (like most UK ebook sites) don't list regional restrictions until you try to checkout. The UK version is also much more expensive. That might change when the Kindle's start arriving in the UK and other ebook stores have to compete on bestseller prices.
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I have found the same ridiculous situation here with Australian authors not being available for purchase here in Australia. Worse still and Australian e-book seller where the books are not are not available for sale here.
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Old 10-14-2009, 05:33 PM   #4
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Her Canadian publisher's site lists her book as available in ebook with a list price of $32.99 Canadian. Perhaps email them and ask where the ebook is available?

http://www.mcclelland.com/catalog/di...=9780771008450


EDIT: Just checked Shortcover's, since their Canadian (owned by Indigo) and they don't have it as a "Canadian" ebook either. You'd think if the Canadian pub put it out as an eBook a Canadian eBook retailer would have it.

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Old 10-14-2009, 05:42 PM   #5
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Old 10-15-2009, 03:31 AM   #6
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Even if some store kindly allows you to actually buy it, the ebook price on the latest Atwood is just plain daft everywhere I've been. And I'm well past the point of no return now with my reader and will not opt for the cheaper hardback version. I'll wait until the ebook price drops ... by which time, of course, I'll probably have forgotten that I ever wanted this book -- clang: no sale. N

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Old 10-15-2009, 08:30 AM   #7
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The price originally was rediculous. However, it's now $10 at the Sony store, which is what it should be - reasonable.
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+++ this whole geographic restriction thing is ridiculous.
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+++ this whole geographic restriction thing is ridiculous.

Amen bro .......
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+++ this whole geographic restriction thing is ridiculous.
Agreed, but there's no easy solution.
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Agreed, but there's no easy solution.
Yes there is ..... get the publishers to drop it - it rarely crops up with paper versions of the same book ......
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Agreed, but there's no easy solution.
Of course there is as Geoff says above. The problem appears to be where the sell is defined to take place. The core appears to be even a bit deeper than that and comes from copyright law and assignment of copyrights -- e.g. North American publication rights or All Rights in the United states, that sort of thing as opposed to "World Rights"

What has happened over the years is that copyright assignments have been carved out smaller and smaller in many cases so that the creator of the work retains as many rights as possible. So that can well the rights to an American Publisher separate from a U.K. Publisher etc. And now with ebook sales taking place and defining the sell as "at the user's computer" rather than "at the seller's location" (probably due to taxing) it has all gone to H#ll!
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Why didn't I think of that?


If only it were that easy.
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If only it were that easy.
well, yeah, once the corporations, lawyers, and governments get involved....
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Why didn't I think of that?


If only it were that easy.

'ang on squire - i never said it would be easy (at least not for us users, but it should be as easy as making live chicken pie with squirrels for publishers ...... )

But if the puiblishers are really keen about our business (i.e. hard-earned CASH) then they should remove said incomprehensible restriction [and drm whilst they are at it].
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