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text 2015-01-11 18:57
Oddness in My US Amazon Wishlist: Disappering Ebooks?

Because I am lazy, I usually just dump the book rec of the moment in my Amazon wish list. (Easiest database to manage from my phone so far.) Which is why all my lists are set to private - some of these books I don't really want to own, I just haven't looked up reviews for them yet. Then I forget about them until the list is full. It takes 2000+ items to fill a list - just so you know how many books I have to go through.


Today I was cleaning up, and I noticed a lot of weirdness. There are a good number of ebooks that are now listing a big red Unavailable instead of a price. None of the books are recently published and some of them I put on this list years ago. In a few cases, the ebook is still available if you search - but the wishlist link to it is a 404. I started trying to figure this out - and then stopped because it's going to take a while. But it does seem to be that there are some ebooks that are no longer offered for sale, though the paper versions are. Which...well, that's odd.


I sort of thought this was the situation ebooks were going to replace - even out of print books would have ebook options available. Which is what started me wondering about this.


I'm going to guess that some of this might be publisher related. Which was one of the reasons I stopped trying to fix my list. I noticed that a few of these (and other books not listed here) were published outside the US. I also noticed that some of these include the line: This price was set by the publisher - but I'm seeing that on a lot more Amazon ebooks at the moment anyway.


Am going to keep a longer list to see if I find anything in common. Here's the ones on it so far. Links are to the paper book page if the ebook pages don't exist. (Let me know if you find the ebook in there. I was doing this late last night so it's completely possible I've overlooked something obvious.)



This Is Not a Weasel: A Close Look at Nature's Most Confusing Terms [kindle edition]
Philip B. Mortenson (Author)

This example is to the ebook page - note you can't buy it.

Laser: The Inventor, the Noble Laureate, and the Thirty-Year Patent War Paperback – July 1, 2003
by Nick Taylor (Author)

Rag and Bone: A Journey Among the World's Holy Dead Hardcover – March 31, 2009
by Peter Manseau (Author)


The Course of Irish History Paperback – September 16, 2012
by T. W. Moody (Editor), F. X. Martin (Editor), Dermot Keogh (Editor), & 1 more

Hey, Whipple, Squeeze This: A Guide to Creating Great Ads (Adweek Magazine Series)
by Luke Sullivan Paperback – March 3, 1998

Lady Caroline Lamb: A Biography Hardcover – September 23, 2004
by Paul Douglass (Author)

Something Wonderful Right Away: An Oral History of the Second City and the Compass Players Paperback – August 1, 2004
by Jeffrey Sweet (Author)

Angle of Repose (Penguin Classics) [Kindle Edition]
Wallace Stegner (Author), Jackson J. Benson (Introduction)


Two for the Lions (Marcus Didius Falco Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2000
by Lindsey Davis (Author)

Scenes from a Revolution: The Birth of the New Hollywood Hardcover – Import, 2008
by MARK HARRIS (Author)

The Diary of a Young Girl Publisher: The Definitive Edition Mass Market Paperback – 1997
by Anne Frank (Author)

Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1940: How Americans Lived Through the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression Paperback – June 30, 2004




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