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ever since powells has discontinued their free shipping to canada, i've much more seldomly shopped there except when they get in a rare book that's on my notifications list. i just bought $15 worth of books and paid $27 in total for the pleasure. i love to support independents, but not when it costs me decidedly more than anywhere else; i might as well support small book sellers in canada instead, and wait even longer for some of those rarities to pop up.

so when i found out that powells also sell ebooks now, i was happy, because hey, i rather buy them from there than from amazon and the other big guys any day. however, spot check of 10 ebooks shows that 9 out of those 10 can only be downloaded from within the US.

thanks for nothing. i know it's likely not powells who's to blame for this, but will the effing publishing industry get its effing head out of its effing arse already?

you want to know why people pirate? here's yet another reason.

on 2010-08-10 19:58 (UTC)
Posted by [personal profile] treesahquiche
I totally agree, and I'm sorry that the publishing industry is thwarting you. If BBC would just let me watch stuff on their site, or get the shows that I want to watch on BBC America as well, I wouldn't bother torrenting. I hate import fees for books and movies that I can only find on overseas sites, too.

on 2010-08-10 20:43 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] seryn
In an age of global availability, you would think it would behoove people to provide a legal pathway to obtain content.

on 2010-08-10 21:44 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] outlier_lynn
What's odd about that restriction is that it only takes a proxie within the "region" to bypass that problem.

on 2010-08-10 22:30 (UTC)
beaq: (Default)
Posted by [personal profile] beaq
This doesn't fix the problem, but feel free to use me as a proxy (order and mail, download and send) if'n you need one.

on 2010-08-10 22:31 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] beaq
Argh on reply indentation.

on 2010-08-11 10:30 (UTC)
Posted by [personal profile] matthewdaly
Of course, you wouldn't have these problems if you moved to the United States, or better yet your entire amusing "country" could join the United States and then you'd all reap the benefits. And it's not just international shipping, you'd also get the high quality Everclear, my understanding is that our television is much better, much more geocaching, and you can even watch The Daily Show over the internet. And and and you can actually try to DO something about the scoundrels in the United States government (or, if you're not in the mood, you can just threaten to move to Canada). I honestly can't see how you can resist.

on 2010-08-11 22:02 (UTC)
Posted by [personal profile] matthewdaly
Perhaps I'm the only one that remembers that you regretted that you couldn't get 195-proof Everclear in Canada for your perfume-making. Sorry, I keep forgetting that not everyone collects obscure piranha trivia the way I do.

on 2010-08-11 22:13 (UTC)
benedict: Well, it's a person. With a bag on their head.  Perhaps they are sad? Perhaps they're just embarassed. It is hard to say (bag onna head by wendleberry)
Posted by [personal profile] benedict
That's actually the cycle of my piracy.

Me: I want to read this book!
Store: I have it!
Me: Great! I will bu--
Store: US ONLY, SUCKAH
Me: I want to read this book!
Torrent site: yo
Me: Hey baby

on 2010-08-20 00:52 (UTC)
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Posted by [personal profile] deane
That deserves a LOL, since I really did.

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