Flash! Are newer Penguin books available for EU Kindleers?

Flash! Are newer Penguin books available for EU Kindleers?

Some American Kindleers have been pretty upset that books published by Penguin after March 31st, 2010 have not been in the US Kindle store.

Those are some really popular books, including one* in a long-running series that even saw a television adaptation.

This all has to do (as so much does lately) with the “Agency Model”, a new arrangement between publishers and booksellers.

Amazon has concluded negotiations on that with HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Group, and Holtzbrinck (which includes Macmillan).

That’s four of the “Agency 5”, who had been arranged to place books in the iBooks store with Apple.

The fifth one is Penguin.  Amazon and Penguin are apparently still determining terms.  April 1st was “Agency Day”, and e-books published before that by Penguin and its imprints are still in the Kindle store.  E-books after that?  Nope…in the US.

I asked my EU (European Union) correspondent (well, we tweet) 😉 Ezh_shatun, to check to see if Penguin books published since April 1st were available for EU Kindleers…and they apparently are!

What does that mean, exactly?

Is the agency model only for the US?  I doubt that, but some of you Kindleers outside the US might want to check to see if it says, “This price was set by the publisher.”  Let me know if you are seeing that.

If that was true, it could be because of different legal climates, but my guess it is going to turn out to not be true.

It is interesting, though. I’d love to be able to switch my country to a different to check…but Amazon hasn’t told me that’s okay.

By the way, for those of you considering a “workaround”, by going to

the Manage Your Kindle page

and switching to a country just to download books (even though you don’t live there), I would certainly think that’s against your Terms of Service with Amazon.  It might even be a federal or perhaps international crime…if you are fraudulently representing your country for the purpose of circumventing the rightsholder’s distribution intent.

If you did it without realizing that it was wrong, that would probably be different….but I guess I just that messed up for you, right?  😉

* I am not listing the book title because Penguin blocks text-to-speech access

Tip of the day: even if you travel to a different country, you can still get the books that area available for your country of record.  If you move to another country, you can change your country at http://www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle. 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

4 Responses to “Flash! Are newer Penguin books available for EU Kindleers?”

  1. Marcelof Says:

    Yes Penguin books are available outside the U.S. but this is very recent, few days ago were not. Example:

    WWW: Watch (Kindle Edition)
    Digital List Price: $24.95 What’s this?
    Print List Price: $24.95
    Kindle Price: $11.99 & includes international wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
    You Save: $12.96 (52%)

    Format: Kindle Edition
    File Size: 496 KB
    Print Length: 368 pages
    Publisher: Ace; 1 edition (April 6, 2010)
    Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
    Language: English
    ASIN: B003E2UPXI

    To see this use a different browser than the usual you use with Amazon and you can easily switch to see the Kindle Store of other countries (but not buy).

    • bufocalvin Says:


      Marcelof, I’ve asked Amazon if it is okay to switch like that (some time back), but haven’t had an answer…so I’m not doing it personally. Love to do it, though!

      Still not available for the US store…

      • Marcelof Says:

        You don’t need to change your country in the Manage Your Kindle page to see (just to see) other country stores. If you are not log in Amazon when you enter to the Kindle store you see a pop-menu to select your country. At least this happens if you are outside the U.S.

      • bufocalvin Says:

        Thanks, Marcelof!

        Yes, that happens in the US as well, but if you check the information for that dropdown, it says

        Due to copyright restrictions, certain Kindle Titles are not available everywhere. Kindle Titles that are available in your country or region will be displayed.

        If the country or region displayed is incorrect, you may select the correct one from the drop-down menu

        That suggests to me that it is only okay if the country is incorrect…and it’s not, for me. However, it doesn’t explicitly say that, so I did ask them…but no answer, yet.

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