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Subject: This Doesn't Make Sense
Date Posted: 12/18/2010 7:57 AM ET
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I thought it might be fun to start a thread about things that just don't make sense. Here's my example:

I can buy a physical book published only in the U.K. from Amazon or several other online stores. But I can't buy the Kindle version of the book unless it's sold in the U.S. WTF?

Do publishers understand wireless delivery? Seriously. 

Maybe they'll understand, YOU JUST LOST A SALE.

Date Posted: 12/18/2010 8:07 AM ET
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Right...can we say "To Defy a King" by Elizabeth Chadwick?  I think we can get the Kindle version in March or April...*drums fingers*

Date Posted: 12/18/2010 2:36 PM ET
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Genie--I can answer the 'why' for you at least (but can't really make it make sense)--software is (obviously) a different format than print, of course, but by virtue of being software, it now becomes subject to the various export control restrictions that typically apply to soft media alone---under US export control law, the result would be the same if the print version weren't sold in the UK, so I'm guessing the UK's software export restrictions are similar to ours.....if it's already in print in a country, there is probably some 'preexisting transfer' exception to the control rules.....

See? being an attorney is occasionally useful.....

Date Posted: 12/18/2010 3:38 PM ET
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software is (obviously) a different format than print

Ah, actually that does make sense. Still, you'd think they'd try to change the freaking laws. This is profits we're talking about here. LOL!

The hardcover is coming out in the U.S. in April. If there's no wind of a Kindle version by then, I'll buy the hardback. Grumbles to self back in cave.

Date Posted: 12/19/2010 8:09 AM ET
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So let's continue on with items of nonsensical status.....

 

Why do elevators in parking garages have Braille on their buttons? Was the manufacturer actually worried about the blind person who drove there by himself? <cocks head in poor imitation of confused, RCA dog look....>

Date Posted: 12/19/2010 3:16 PM ET
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LOL, Colleen!

Another thing that doesn't make sense. Adam Lambert didn't win American Idol Season 8. What?!!!!!!!

Date Posted: 12/19/2010 6:43 PM ET
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Oh Lord, I think it's good he didn't win!  Winning is almost the same thing as selling your soul to the Devil!  He's MUCH better off, has creative control....but yeah, he was definitely the best singer AND most interesting artist. 

Date Posted: 12/20/2010 10:05 AM ET
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I was unhappy the season that Chris Daughtry didn't win......he was the clear talent that season, IMHO

Date Posted: 12/20/2010 12:49 PM ET
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Chris Daughtry

Ditto! Yet another loser to come out ahead. I buy all of Daughtry's albums.

Did anyone else snag a first edition copy of Lambert's acoustic CD? I think they only printed 10,000, so it'll be a collector's item, if he continues down the path of greatness.

Date Posted: 12/20/2010 3:27 PM ET
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I don't know how it works for E books, but with dead tree books, when they are published in more than one country, it is usually by a completey different publisher than in the home country and they may have their own schedules and priorities for various books.  For example, I have a friend in Scotland who like me is a huge Diana Gabaldon fan, and she had to wait months for An Echo in the Bone after it was published in the US.