I live in Israel, and shipping time & cost from the US is quite prohibitive. At times, I have paid four or five times the cost of the book just to be able to get the bloody thing. So the rise of the Kindle filled me with a great sense of relief. I got a Kindle and started reading on that (I love it). I estimate that I read over 200 books on the thing already.
One thing that I really like is the ability to pre order a book, get it on my Kindle when it is out, and start reading immediately. But recently I have gotten several notifications about books that I really wanted to read. Here is one:
We're writing to let you know that we've canceled your order for Magic Bleeds because it will not be released by the publisher in Kindle format on Tuesday, May 25, 2071 as previously expected. We don't yet have a date for when this item will be released for Kindle. We will send you an email notifying you when the Kindle edition becomes available.
Okay, annoying. Let us hit audible.com and see if they have the audio book version available. It appears that this is not the case… but I can buy the CD version, which requires physical shipping, from Amazon.
Where does it leaves me?
There seems to be no way for me to get the book in a reasonable timeframe/cost.
Wait, let me rephrase that. There appears to be no legal way. While I have no direct knowledge of that, I am guessing that if I hit a torrent site and try to search for the book, I would not only find the book, but will be able to get the freaking thing faster than going with the legal download route.
It is actually quite simple. I would really like to give you some money, if you make it harder for me to give you money, you won’t get my money.
This decision is stupid, moronic, idiotic, senseless, irritating, annoying and in general lack all sense.
~Ayende the annoyed