Another WTF moment in ebooks
This little bit of news caught my eye last night. It’s really not all that important (unless it applies to you), but I want you to think about this: Amazon UK can sell you a book, DVD, or other media from the UK (and ship it anywhere) but they can’t sell you an ebook due to regional restrictions.
Perhaps an explanation is in order. Amazon UK can sell and ship media anywhere because when it comes to physical media, it doesn’t matter where the buyer is, it only matters where the seller is. Ebooks OTOH can onyl be sold based on where the buyer is. It’s called regional restrictions, and they’re the bane of any ebook lover. Whose bright idea was that?
I wonder if the people who enforce regional restrictions on ebooks know that the world is flat now. I can buy anything from anywhere and get it shipped in less than a week. And yet people can’t buy an ebook sold outside their country.
This is one of the reasons I can’t criticize piracy, because regional restrictions are almost guaranteed to create it. I really have to wonder if that was intentional? If not, it is certainly foreseeable. What do you think?
Amazon UK via Bookseller & Publisher