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Old 05-06-2010, 09:16 AM   #1
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Purchasing Tolkien books overseas

I previously purchased The Lord of the Rings from Books on Board which was all well and good.
I went back to buy The Hobbit.
It demanded my full (Australian) address "for tax purposes"(?). When I went to buy The Hobbit, it said it isn't available in my country.
I checked The Lord of the Rings, same thing.
What happened?
Where do I have to go now to buy The Hobbit?
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Old 05-06-2010, 09:23 AM   #2
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Old 05-06-2010, 09:40 AM   #3
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You don't. They want you to get it by other means...


What site did you visit, UK or US? I tend to stay away from the UK one because the selection is much smaller there...

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Old 05-06-2010, 09:43 AM   #4
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Got a paper copy? If so, you are entitled to format shift it. If someone else does that for you for nothing, good luck to you. ;-)
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:34 PM   #5
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You don't. They want you to get it by other means...


What site did you visit, UK or US? I tend to stay away from the UK one because the selection is much smaller there...
Tried both.
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Old 05-06-2010, 10:36 PM   #6
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Let's be clear: we pay good money for a liseuse and are ready to pay good money for a good ebook.
Is there another seller that will sell to me? I want Tolken!!
Who should I whinge to? HarperCollins?
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:09 PM   #7
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What happened?
Aren't Australian book publishers getting more into ebooks now? Maybe Harper Collins Australia got the geo restrictions expanded because they're putting out their own edition to get a cut of the money? Don't know why else it would have changed. Sony has it, but I'm sure it's probably restricted too so there would be hoops to jump through to get it from them. At WH Smith is says UK Only.
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Publisher, son, and agent. All guilty to some degree or other.

If you still can't find one, I am sure a PM to one of your fellow aussies will get you a format shifted hookup without too many problems.
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Old 05-07-2010, 02:46 AM   #10
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Aren't Australian book publishers getting more into ebooks now? Maybe Harper Collins Australia got the geo restrictions expanded because they're putting out their own edition to get a cut of the money? Don't know why else it would have changed. Sony has it, but I'm sure it's probably restricted too so there would be hoops to jump through to get it from them. At WH Smith is says UK Only.
Hmm, how does that explain I'm not allowed to buy it either? As far as I know, there are no Dutch publishers that publish English books...


(glad I made use of the introduction price at FW when they came out and bought all three the Tolkien books available...)
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Old 05-07-2010, 04:20 AM   #11
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Aren't Australian book publishers getting more into ebooks now? Maybe Harper Collins Australia got the geo restrictions expanded because they're putting out their own edition to get a cut of the money? Don't know why else it would have changed. Sony has it, but I'm sure it's probably restricted too so there would be hoops to jump through to get it from them. At WH Smith is says UK Only.
No place to buy it in Australia that I am aware of.

You'd think that some of the most loved books ever and continual sellers would be those you'd get around to first?

Those that people will check and go 'you don't have these you blank blankety blanks'?

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Old 05-07-2010, 04:23 AM   #12
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Hmm, how does that explain I'm not allowed to buy it either? As far as I know, there are no Dutch publishers that publish English books...
Yeap, same for France
I have a right to read in english if I feels like it now what !

Worse with regional restriction is when you're expat and can't acces stuff from you own country
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Yeap, same for France
I have a right to read in english if I feels like it now what !
It looks like they want you to read in your own language only...

But as most Dutch ebooks seem to be drama (eeeewwww!) horror (eeeewwww!) or thrillers (eeeewwww!), it'll be a long time before I buy a Dutch ebook...
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Fictionwise, same thing.
The geographical restrictions seem to have restricted further.. don't they like money or something in America?
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They don't like it in America or England, it seems.

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