Lost e-book sales

Yes, dear reader. Every so often I try again. I try to buy an e-book (link to wikipedia on the subject of e-books).

Now you may wonder where the problem is in that. Well… it lies in the publishing world, and their stiff conviction that the world is still divided, that there is no Internet and borders are tight and unpassable.

I live in a part of the world where English books are available, but usually only the dead-tree versions. The real books, said to be made with paper, glue, ink and love.

The problem in getting an e-book is that there over here hardly any regional book-publisher obtains the rights to sell the digital edition of a book. This is simply due to the fact that there is not a big market for these books. So the publisher will have a hard time making profit from acquiring the rights to sell something. Clear thing. There is no profit in people like me, because there are not enough of us.

So, dear reader, just for good fun, I am going to keep track of all the books I have tried to buy and was not able to. By the way, there is an excellent website out there, where everyone can log their lost e-book sales. For this, visit lostebooksales.com. (Note that this link opens in a new window/tab, depending on the configuration of your browser.)

What I did not buy. (So far, this means 17 books.)

  • Dragonriders of Pern, by Anne Mccaffrey (05 november 2011, $9.99)
  • Retribution Falls, by Chris Wooding. (29 july 2011, $9.99)
  • Heartless, by Gail Carriger. (01 july 2011, $12.99)
  • The Map of Time, by Felix Parma. (01 july 2011, $12.99)
  • Sword edged Blonde, by Eddie LaCrosse. (24 march 2011, $2.99)
  • The Sourcerer’s House, by Gene Wolf. (22 march 2011, $14.00)
  • The Mistborn trilogy, by Brandon Sanderson. (06 march 2011, €11.63)
  • Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, by Gail Carriger.
  • I am number Four, by Pittacus Lore.
  • Leviathan and Behemoth, by Scot Westerfeld.
  • Exile’s Honor, by Mercedes Lackey.
  • The Anubis Gates, by Tim Powers.
  • The last page, by Anthony Huso

And this list is what I remember being denied. I’m sure there were a few more.

e-book territory

2 thoughts on “Lost e-book sales”

  1. Paul, as more indie authors step away from the current relationships with publishers, and as more publishers slowly realize that there are readers in other parts of the world, you will see more digital books. I’ve had my book up at Amazon for a little over a month, and in that time, I started out available in the US, UK, Germany, and France, then recently I received a notice that kindle books are now available in Spain and Italy. At Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at Smashwords, I’ve licensed digital distribution worldwide.

    Here’s to hoping more authors who have the control to do so will license their stories worldwide, and here’s to hoping that more authors who don’t have that control will push back on their publishers to do so. No one should have to mourn lost ebook sales.

    1. Very true. It is such a waste for the author when a fan is not allowed to purchase their work. The fact that I want to give them my money and they don’t want it because of their narrow-minded ideas that physical distribution borders still exist in our digital era.
      I also make all my books available for worldwide distribution, which is how it should be.
      More power to the author.

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