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Old 06-04-2010, 09:23 AM   #1
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Question Books are a disappearing.

I finally got over the fact that because of geo-restrictions I cannot buy all the ebooks I want. I pray to god every day to make it go away, but other than that I have accepted it, I really have... I have! But now ebooks are disappearing, I have a few ebooks I wanted to buy, but didn't have the money for them yet (I don't want to buy to many books at ones, to expensive). I waited only two weeks, but it's to late, they are gone, disappeared. So has something happened that I'm not aware of? I thought things were settling down in the ebook scene.
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:52 AM   #2
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Yes, it's happened to me a few times as well. But it's not especially recent. I noticed it several months ago.

I guess the solution is in our own hands. Either grab the book as soon as you see it. Or live without it.
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Yes, it's happened to me a few times as well. But it's not especially recent. I noticed it several months ago.

I guess the solution is in our own hands. Either grab the book as soon as you see it. Or live without it.
Yes, you are right and I've got piles of money lying around anyway.
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:10 AM   #4
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But why remove the ebooks? The cost for keeping them is pretty much zero so they only stand to profit from any sales though, amusingly, I couldn't find "The long tail" as an ebook so perhaps they're not aware of this concept.
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Old 06-04-2010, 10:17 AM   #5
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They are removing them now so they can bring them back later in a "new special edition" at double the price.
It works for Disney.
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Old 06-05-2010, 04:48 AM   #6
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But why remove the ebooks?
It could be that the author or publisher had second thoughts. Maybe they felt that the ebooks sales were harming their traditional sales. Maybe they had pressure from booksellers.

Just a guess.
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Would booksellers have that much influence? For the writers I read, the ebooks that are withdrawn do coincide with the real books with high value, but I think that is either just a coincidence or they are trying to make the ebook version scarce too. Not that the ebooks don't live on after they are withdrawn from sale, of course.
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Would booksellers have that much influence?
Possibly. For most mainstream publishers, traditional booksellers are far and away their main market. But whether they can exert enough pressure to actually force ebooks to be withdrawn ... well, maybe not. I was just speculating.
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But why remove the ebooks? The cost for keeping them is pretty much zero so they only stand to profit from any sales though, amusingly, I couldn't find "The long tail" as an ebook so perhaps they're not aware of this concept.
Also as Fictionwise has said, the ebooks may be with the publisher. When you buy an ebook from Fictionwise you may actually be accessing the publishers site in the background. In other words Fictionwise is not the one holding the content. The assumption in this case is it is the publishers decision and not the retailer. Of course this is not always the case. There are books that are purchased directly from the retailer.
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Also as Fictionwise has said, the ebooks may be with the publisher. When you buy an ebook from Fictionwise you may actually be accessing the publishers site in the background. In other words Fictionwise is not the one holding the content.
At FW, that's true for all books except the "multi-format" offerings; FW host those themselves.
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