Why is buying e-books so fuming hard?
I love my e-reader. I have a kindle, so I can download from quite a few sites. I confess I do not understand why I can’t download books from Amazon UK or DE – but it’s their company, I suppose. My partner in life has just bought a Sony e-reader. It’s a nice piece of equipment. We bought it in the US at a much lower price than it would have been in Australia, but that’s another story. Now all we have to do is buy books to read on said device.
Easy peasy. Ya reckon?
First, we went to the Sony e-book store. Sounds obvious – they’d be able to offer books to read on the Sony reader. It’s franchised out to Borders and Angus and Robertson – which is understandable, I guess. It’s not Sony’s area of expertise. But we were unable to purchase books from there because we don’t live in the US or Canada. Pardon? Why?
Ah well. Back to Google. After a fair bit of googling, I found a site for the books my husband wanted. You beauty, I thought, and proceeded to load my cart with seven titles. Then I set up the account at checkout (as you do). The site couldn’t sell me six of those titles. (Time out for heavy breathing and suppression of swear words). Why?
So then I went to the Sony store’s Australian ‘stores’. I’ll give one example from my husband’s list. David Stone’s ‘The Skorpion Directive’ was not available for purchase as an epub, yet I could have bought it from Diesel if I lived in the ‘right’ country. Why?
We also found that books we could download cost up to a third more from an Australian site than on a US site. Why?
Get your act together, publishers. The world is a smaller place and restrictions like these are nothing short of ludicrous.
Rant over. We will now return to normal programming.