The Morning Coffee – 1 May 2014

Hot stories this morning include a compendium of Facebook's announcements at F8 on Wednesday, how to judge whether you should take a story seriously (link), 13 essential truths of writing (link), a proposal to ban a Dr Seuss book (link), and more.

  • Everything Facebook Announced at F8 (TNW)
  • Flipkart eBooks refreshes their Windows Phone app to compete with Amazon Kindle in India (WPC)
  • The Pocket Guide to Bullshit Prevention (The Last Word On Nothing)
  • So You Want To Make A Living Writing? 13 Harsh Truths. (Write on the River)
  • States Accuse Apple of Stonewalling E-Book Case (PW)
  • “Violent” Dr. Seuss book should be banned from library, patron says (Toronto Star)
  • Why ComiXology ditched Apple's in-app purchase system (Macworld)

 

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

1 Comment on The Morning Coffee – 1 May 2014

  1. “Flipkart eBooks refreshes their Windows Phone app to compete with Amazon Kindle in India.”

    I don’t think Flipkart, Newshunt, Rockstand or any other serious Indian e-reading player has to much to worry about from Kindle India. kindle India is a fine example of American business abroad.

    In typical Amazon fashion many of the products on Kindle India – magazines, audio books, etc – aren’t available in local currency at all, and those that are may still have to be paid in US dollars depending on what card is presented, meaning nasty exchange rates and even nastier charges,, and for those that are sold in rupess only internationally–accredited cards are accepted.

    If you go to the product page for any ebook on Amazon India you are presented with:

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    Important information about purchasing Kindle eBooks

    Customers can browse over 2 million Kindle books on Amazon.in. Purchases will be completed on Amazon.com in either Rupees or American Dollars, depending on what credit or debit card you use. Please note: your credit card must be internationally enabled. > Learn More

    To see all available eBooks and their pricing for customers in India, please ensure India is selected in your Country Settings. > Learn More

    Unquote.

    Following the links brings up some gems as this:

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    Which Kindle products can I purchase using Rupees?

    Kindle eBooks are eligible for purchase in Rupees. Digital content including pre-orders, magazines, newspapers, Audible content, Pottermore titles, blogs, active content, gifted content and textbook rentals are not eligible for payment in Rupees.

    Unquote.

    So even though you are buying in India on the Amazon India site you have to pay in US dollars for some products and pay all the extras your card supplier or bank will whack on top. That’s always supposing you have an international card and not a dedicated banking-system India card.

    Then there’s this:

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    Why do I only see ‘Pay in USD’ on the final checkout page?

    If you paid for your order using a Gift Card or a payment method other than a Visa or MasterCard, then your order will not qualify to be paid in Rupees. If your order contains Kindle items that are not eligible for currency conversion, you will have to pay in U.S. Dollars.

    If your order qualifies for currency conversion, we’ll automatically display your order total in Rupees when you place your order. If your order doesn’t qualify for some reason, you’ll only be able to order in U.S. Dollars, and the option to convert your currency won’t be available.

    Unquote

    Amazon go on to confirm the buyer may well have to pay more:

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    Will buying from Amazon.com using Rupees make my purchase less expensive?

    When you pay in U.S. Dollars (USD) with a card issued in a different currency, your bank later converts the USD amount to Rupees . So, it’s only when you get your bank or credit card statement that you see the total amount you paid in Rupees.

    In addition to the exchange rate, you may see other charges and fees that increase the amount you actually paid. In some cases, your bank may still charge you a fee.

    With Amazon Currency Converter, your payment total will be displayed in Rupees on the final checkout page, so you know how much you are paying before you pay.

    You might also pay less in Rupees using Amazon Currency Converter than if you used your bank or credit card to make the purchase in U.S. Dollars (USD), as we try to ensure that we receive a competitive exchange rate from our bank service provider for Amazon Currency Converter in displaying the payment total in Rupees.

    Of course, you’ll always have the choice to pay in US Dollars, if you’re happy to wait and see what you are charged on your bank or credit card statement.

    Unquote.

    That last para says it all.

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