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I mean, huh?! How could an ebook be unavailable?

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Igal Tabachnik
06/28/2012 09:10 AM by
Igal Tabachnik

Probably, like every other content out there that is not available, due to retarded publishers' restrictions...

For example, the Kindle edition of Trainspotting is (or was) not available in the US. I change the country of my Kindle to UK, suddenly it was available. Maybe you should try that?

Thomas Levesque
06/28/2012 09:11 AM by
Thomas Levesque

You should post this to http://thedailywtf.com/ ;)

Stefan Hendriks
06/28/2012 09:23 AM by
Stefan Hendriks

As Igal said. Even saw this kind of behavior depending on the day you visit it. (ie on Sunday a site is 'closed').

Daniel
06/28/2012 09:25 AM by
Daniel

The Pragmatic Bookshelf generate the ebooks on the fly, as soon as an order is placed on the website. They describe the whole process in one of their PragPub free magazine.

Check the "How do we?" starting from the second episode: http://pragprog.com/magazines/2009-08/how-do-we

nick
06/28/2012 10:31 AM by
nick

If only they were using RavenDb!!!

TomCollins
06/28/2012 11:56 AM by
TomCollins

The world is not only computer science. There is also something called reality where contracts and legal rules come in.

Nicholas Piasecki
06/28/2012 01:04 PM by
Nicholas Piasecki

I saw something similar with an Amazon e-book last night, but it also had a message saying "Temporarily removed because the formatting is totally jacked" or some such.

My guess is that we're seeing Amazon's "eventual consistency" in action - a book was pulled and the shopping cart subsystem got the memo, but the catalog listing hasn't. Try to use vendor central sometime if you want an example of frustration -- you make a change and get a little note that pretty much says "yeah I guess we got it, keep refreshing for five minutes to see if it stuck".

William Bartholomew
06/28/2012 11:45 PM by
William Bartholomew

My guess is since the Length listed is 293 pages (estimated) it's because the book hasn't been published yet. One might then ask why they show it at all then...

CodeKiwi
06/29/2012 05:15 AM by
CodeKiwi

I had a similar thing happen when I tried to order one of the Ender Series, it turns out that some people had complained about the conversion and some of the formatting so they pulled it. Still not back though.

Stefan Hendriks
06/29/2012 06:35 AM by
Stefan Hendriks

@TomCollins, is'nt it a pitty that with all the possibilities we have, we choose to restrict ourselves?

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