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Why hasn't Amazon released the Kindle version of Robert Rotenberg's Stray Bullets?

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By Neil, 09-Aug-2012 13:56 PDT Permalink Report abuse

This Canadian author release his third book, "Stray Bullets", on April 3, 2012 and Amazon has mishandled this book from the start. It is listed as "Untitled Book #3 by Robert Rotenberg (Apr 3, 2012)" in Amazon's Books section instead of showing the name. Amazon has chosen to not list the Kindle version of the book, though I'm told it's available in Canada. This is a very good author trying to get his third book in a series to his American audience and Amazon is clueless about the desirability of helping fix this. Please get this fixed. It appears to be another 5 star release and I'm anxious to read it.

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By Bruce *Kindle Kurmudgeon*, 09-Aug-2012 14:20 PDT Permalink Report abuse

It's the publisher you need to complain to. They make the book available, and prepare the descriptions Amazon displays.

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By Neil, 09-Aug-2012 14:47 PDT Permalink Report abuse

One would think that Amazon is the one to contact the publisher when people are expressing the desire for a Kindle version. Amazon offers a link to express this request and one would think that Amazon responds to these requests. Or Not?? Surely Amazon has someone watching out for situations like this and taking appropriate action. I'm feeling compelled to point it out after 4 months of NO-action.

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By Bruce *Kindle Kurmudgeon*, 09-Aug-2012 14:58 PDT Permalink Report abuse

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09-Aug-2012 14:47 PDT

One would think that Amazon is the one to contact the publisher when people are expressing the desire for a Kindle version. Amazon offers a link to express this request and one would think that Amazon responds to these requests. Or Not?? Surely Amazon has someone watching out for situations like this and taking appropriate action. I'm feeling compelled to point it out after 4 months of NO-action.

No, Amazon does not review their entire catalog of over 1 million books to make sure they're described correctly. Amazon also has no control over whether the publisher makes a Kindle version available. They do pass the requests on, but that's all they can do.

In this case the fact that there is a Kindle version available in Canada is a clue - the publisher has not found a U.S. distributor to work with, and doesn't have the rights to sell the book directly in the U.S. Again, Amazon can't do anything about that. No doubt the author or whoever does have the rights is working to make it available.

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By A. Dietz, 09-Aug-2012 15:03 PDT Permalink Report abuse

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09-Aug-2012 14:47 PDT

One would think that Amazon is the one to contact the publisher when people are expressing the desire for a Kindle version. Amazon offers a link to express this request and one would think that Amazon responds to these requests. Or Not?? Surely Amazon has someone watching out for situations like this and taking appropriate action. I'm feeling compelled to point it out after 4 months of NO-action.

Neil, again you need to contact the publisher since they make the decision about whether or not to make the Kindle edition of the book available in the US, not Amazon. Have you done that yet? You seem to be making assumptions that Amazon has anything to do about this that are probably not true.

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By asortafairytale, 09-Aug-2012 15:08 PDT Permalink Report abuse

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09-Aug-2012 14:47 PDT

One would think that Amazon is the one to contact the publisher when people are expressing the desire for a Kindle version. Amazon offers a link to express this request and one would think that Amazon responds to these requests. Or Not?? Surely Amazon has someone watching out for situations like this and taking appropriate action. I'm feeling compelled to point it out after 4 months of NO-action.

And who says Amazon hasn't contacted the publisher? No book available does not mean Amazon hasn't tried. No matter what Amazon does, it is the PUBLISHER who decides. Amazon can't force them to do anything.

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