…at least that’s the message I’m getting from publishers these days.
This latest article in The Bookseller made me want to weep. Waterstones – one of the few etailers who would still sell me ebooks – is no longer selling to customers outside the UK and Ireland. They check both the billing and the IP addresses. As I’m in Switzerland, I thought I fell under the same geo division as the UK, but I guess not.
Since getting my BeBook in May, more and more etailers have tightened up regarding geographical restrictions on ebooks. There are now a just couple of places where I can still buy them. The joke is that some of these etailers won’t sell me books which aren’t geographically restricted, so they’ve really thrown the baby out with the bathwater.
That leaves me with Harlequin and a few other publishers if I want to continue reading ebooks. I guess it’s back to print books for me.