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Author changes Title of book - will I be stopped from purchasing 2nd book?

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Initial post: Jan 7, 2014 10:05:48 PM PST
I recently read a book and thought to myself I know I have read this book before on my kindle. I looked and the book was there purchased about two years ago, however the old book and the new book's title has changed, the content is exactly the same. I had always thought amazon would automatically stop me from purchasing the same book , which they have. Is there anyway to catch in the scenario where the author changes the title from stopping users to purchase new book that has only title change? It kinda feels like a scam.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 10:11:22 PM PST
No way to catch that, but you can return the book for a full refund within 7 days of purchase using the Actions menu next to the book title on the Manage Your Kindle page on the website.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 10:20:15 PM PST
Thank you John! I didnt know I could do that.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 10:22:25 PM PST
You're welcome. :>)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 10:59:49 PM PST
Miss Carol says:
Amazon will stop you if the book carries the same number - if that's changed - there's no way the computer will be able to see it. If it's slightly over the 7 days John mentioned - you might want to contact customer service. They have been known to occasionally make exceptions with the buy back policy.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 11:08:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 7, 2014 11:12:24 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
you'll also find the book offered from different publishers under different names

I bought this one: Gun Games: A Decker/Lazarus Novel (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series Book 20)

and this one Blood Games (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Crime Thrillers) (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series) had the following words in its description: "published in the USA as GUN GAMES". There was absoluutely nothing on the one I bought to indicate that it was the same book as the second one

These two are also the same book
The Warded Man: Book One of The Demon Cycle (The Demon Cycle Series 1)
The Painted Man
and there's no mention on either one that the titles were changed and back in the days of paper books I bought both of them three months apart and it took a while to realise they were the same book

ETA: in those cases, it wasn't the author it was the publisher as in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone which is the same book as harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 11:16:42 PM PST
Jay says:
Old time copyright laws which vary from nation to nation require the same book to be published under different titles, with some minor changes-a main character's middle name, or such-and it has been that way for centuries. In the 1950s, and 1960s, I got burned by this by purchasing several different editions of the same Agatha Christie paperbacks, with title changes. It annoyed me enough that I stopped buying books published abroad. Now days, most foreign countries have changed their copyright laws, to end this stupidity...but some countries are still under the old laws. The old laws were designed to avoid plagiarism, and to encourage foreign trade, by outlawing the publishing in Country B of something with has been published in Country A. It also caused authors to cut deals with foreign publishing houses which required the author / his US publisher to pay money to register the new copyright in the title / character modified editions abroad. That generated money for the foreign governments, too. It is a trend which has been dying out, in the last couple of decades, but is not entirely extinct yet. Return the offending book, for a refund, and be careful what you buy from whom in future.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2014 11:44:55 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
excellent blog on the name change of the two harry potter books:

often if a word means something different in US vs UK English, a title will be changed as a title like "The Body in the Boot" wouldn't make much sense to US readers, but "The Body in the Trunk" would (caveat: I made up those titles)
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