Large number of books suddenly not available in US Kindle store?
Not sure what is happening here, and how widespread it is.
people were reporting a number of books showing as unavailable in the USA.
The first one I checked was published by Berkley, which is part of Penguin.
So, I checked all the Berkley books: none show as available.
I checked Penguin as a publisher: none show available (and these include some popular books, as do the Berkley ones).
Hm…checking the New York Times bestselling hardback equivalents, it’s not just Penguin. I found one right away from Hachette.
It’s not all books, though. I saw some from Amazon’s inhouse publishers that were there…and some from other publishers.
This may just be a glitch, or it may have to do with repricing, possibly, from the Agency Model. Penguin hasn’t settled on that, though, so I wouldn’t expect them to be affected.
Someone in the thread mentioned being able to download a book from archives: that would make sense, they’ll only disappear from there if the book was withdrawn for legal reasons (such as infringement).
I’ll keep my eye on this. Let me know if you notice anything about it.
Update: I’ve seen involvement with books from several publishers.
Hmm…curiouser and curiouser.
I’ve seen books affected from Random House, Penguin, HarperCollins, Hachette (specifically Grand Central). Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster…that makes all six of the Big Six.
That suggests it isn’t a negotiating tactic, and I think more likely to be a glitch. I would guess it will be fixed quickly. It could be related to some sort of site update, or I suppose it could be a hack attack. I’m guessing it’s just a technical problem.
Update: things appear to be back to normal this morning, as I expected. It was interesting to see the panic and conspiracy hypotheses (they weren’t far enough along in the process to call them theories at that point) that happened. Undoubtedly, this cost Amazon some money, and I do think we’ll hear something about what happened (although we may not).
All seems good…you may once again 1-click away! :)
Update: here’s a
saying Amazon says it was a glitch. That’s what people had been hearing from Customer Service, and what I suspected. That doesn’t make it true, but it doesn’t seem unreasonable to me.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.