Dear authors/publishers/people who make cash from books
Don’t you LIKE money? Here’s an update for all of you – not everybody lives in LA or New York. Shocking I know. Some of us, me for example, don’t even live in America. I live in Africa.
Africa. Yes, there’s no real need to specify exactly where in Africa (South Africa in case you were wondering) if Hollywood’s to be believed. No Hollywood movie has ever felt the need to specify a specific country in Africa, but rather act as though the entire continent is one place.
But I digress, as usual. In fact, this rant actually requires us to lump Africa into one single territory, as appears to be the case with book publishers.
Long story short – the availability of various eBooks (and I’m looking at you, Mr Amazon Kindle) and audiobooks (and I’m looking at you, Mr Audible.com, which happens to be owned by Amazon) tends to be severely limited to those of us not sitting in either America-f*ck-yeah or Europe.
The number of electronic and audiobooks that I have wanted to buy, but which are listed as not being available to shoppers in Africa, is staggering.
And my frankly rather valiant attempts (if I do say so myself) to send Tweets and emails to the authors or publishers concerned tend to not get a reply. I’m fully aware that these restrictions are set by the publishers, and not by Amazon, so they’re off the hook on this one.
So what’s the solution? I am physically unable to give your publishing house money to purchase your book in electronic or audio format. You don’t reply when I ask that a plan is made, or even just explain the reasoning behind this oversight. That leaves just one option – pirating a copy of it from the web.
You got a better solution?
Side note: And it’s not just us whining here – many Australians seem to have the exact same problem. Way to go guys – you just made it impossible for TWO WHOLE CONTINENTS to give you money.