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Initial post: Feb 22, 2012 10:37:52 AM PST
A. Tsurukame says:
I've recently discovered Graham Greene and I love his writing.

I was sad to see that his books aren't available on the Kindle yet. Anyone heard any news on when they would be available to the US Kindle market?

I googled and saw that it's available for UK reader via the Amazon UK store for the past year. I assume it's not possible for me to buy it from there?

Would love to see his stuff available here digitally.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 10:47:47 AM PST
Fud53 says:
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Posted on Feb 22, 2012 10:50:22 AM PST
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T. Cook says:
I get 64 listings of Graham greene Kindle ebooks, although between 15-20 are about him rather than by him.
What country are you in? There could be geographic copyright issues...

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2012 11:00:10 AM PST
A. Tsurukame says:
As you noticed, there is not much there. It's almost non-existent, especially for a man who wrote so much.

The single Kindle book that is available, isn't really a book. It's more of a draft he wrote for the film "The Third Man" but done in novella form.

As far as the audiobooks, I'm studying his writing, so I much prefer to read, than listen.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2012 11:01:25 AM PST
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A. Tsurukame says:
@T. Cook: Yep. I'm in the US. I looked at the UK Amazon site, and there are many, but no such luck in the US. From what I understand, I cannot buy the digital versions of the UK Graham Green Kindle ebooks from the US.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2012 11:02:59 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 22, 2012 11:03:29 AM PST
T. Cook says:
Yeah, I'm in Canada, so there's 64 ebooks listed for me on (aka the US site) available for purchase, none are audiobooks, and as I said, 15-20 are about him rather than by him.
Looks like you'll have to write to his US publishers to prod them to release them to Americans.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 22, 2012 11:07:03 AM PST
Dragi Raos says:
I see pages of them from Croatia, too. Somebody neglected to buy US e-book rights...

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 12:55:06 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
37 available in France on his author page

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 1:13:12 PM PST
Old Rocker says:
That's curious. While his writings aren't very relevant to modern American pop culture, many of his works are classics and worthwhile reading for anyone wishing to have insight into his political and religious themes - which changed throughout his life. I studied for a bit at a Franciscan university and did an essay on "The Power and the Glory". It was a bit difficult to get through but it seemed as if every paragraph contained some meaning about life.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 6:00:11 AM PDT
Graham Greene is awesome. I don't understand why publishers would want to make it difficult to purchase his work.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 11:24:38 AM PST
rodert rudis says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 6:06:26 PM PST
Under agency pricing Amazon wouldn't be paying Penguin anything; Penguin would be setting the sale price and paying Amazon a fixed percentage of that.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2013 10:42:25 AM PST
Thad, I'm Graham Greene's grandson and we are working on these issues.... keep posted...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2013 11:24:41 AM PST
B. Marks says:
I don't have any idea what good writing has to do with pop culture. Watch the latest sitcoms for that. If you want good stories with fascinating characters read Graham Greene.

I read "The Power and the Glory" decades ago for the first time and I've read it about 3 times since. It's a fascinating story and not the least bit difficult to read.


In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2013 11:37:36 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
good to know - hope more heirs/relatives of other authors are doing the same

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 11:40:31 PM PST
It would be great to have all of Graham Greene's novels on Kindle -- and with text-to-speech enabled too. (I was disappointed to discover that TTS is disabled on almost all of the Evelyn Waugh.)

Posted on Jan 5, 2013 11:55:12 PM PST
GG's characters are perfectly formed and I never tire of meeting them.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 12:30:15 AM PST
Book availability, or lack thereof, usually has to do with either:

Lack of adequate international copyright law treaties between countries.
Publisher refusal to publish in a particular country.
Author (or author's descendents still holding copyrights) refusal to allow publication in a particular country.

The reasons for refusals may be greed, belief that there won't be enough sales to warrant the effort, or something else.

The items which are not available now may be available in a few months, or years. Let your desires for a work be known, and then wait.

Posted on Jan 6, 2013 9:08:23 AM PST
Erin - See Andrew Bourget's post above.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 6:22:00 AM PDT
If you look at the Look Inside version of The Third Man - The Third Man - you'll see there is a Kindle edition (link top left) but when you click on that, you cannot buy the book - you can only preview a few pages. Hoping this means Greene is on his way to Kindle U.S.

I think Greene is one of the great story tellers of the 20th century. Much richer characters and scenes than a lot of the (post-)modernist stuff that took the limelight, and a much deeper thinker too.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 6:23:22 AM PDT
Wonder if Andrew Bourget has an update for us? Even a hint?

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 6:29:25 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
It's rather interesting, but the 37 that were available on to those of us in France are now down to 3 and the same number is available on

maybe the rights are being bought up or restored to the family and the ebooks pulled from sale?

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 10:19:00 AM PDT
CBRetriever - who can say? It call also be prep for a release.

I went ahead and bought a paperback version of The Third Man. Hope I can remember how to use a book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2013 9:33:17 PM PDT
So Andrew, is there any idea when we will see an answer? I'd love to be giving some money to the estate.

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 10:17:39 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
I'm seeing 35 books now

The Quiet American

Our Man In Havana: An Introduction by Christopher Hitchens

Travels With My Aunt (Vintage Classics)

The Tenth Man (Vintage Classics)

It's A Battlefield (Vintage Classics)
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