Many of you might have read my ‘Amazon Chat Rant‘ a few weeks ago. It all stemmed from the fact that as I live in Canada, I cannot purchase a Kindle eBook on Amazon.com
This is not the first time this has created a problem for me.
I am puzzled because if I were to order a physical book, or any other physical item from Amazon.com I could have it shipped to my Canadian address. Kindle eBooks however are forbidden.
That got me thinking about NetGalley and Edelweiss titles that I’ve been declined for. It seems that most of my favourite titles and authors are offered by United Kingdom based publishers. As a result I get declined citing the ‘out of region‘ reason. I would completely understand that if it were true across the board – if people in Canada and the United States could not get books from the UK because of international publishing rights.
HOWEVER… I have been pre-approved for three different publishers based in the United Kingdom AND I have received many books directly from UK based publishers over the past few years. So clearly, the ‘out of region‘ publishing rule does not always apply.
Can anyone tell me the logic behind international publishing laws? Failing that, can anyone direct me to a source that explains why there are exceptions to the rules?
Are the publishing rights laws different for Ebooks and physical books?