09-22-2011 12:03 AM
09-29-2011 01:49 PM
Though it doesn't seem to have effected much, at least from the titles/authors I'm looking for.
Requests I submitted months ago (before the function disappeared and reappeared) don't seem to have been addressed.
One of the books, though obscure, is available for sale on Google Books, but not here.
Another is available as an eBook in the UK but only as a DTB here (same publisher in both regions).
About the only thing that seems to have worked recently is the Harry Potter books. I guess that enough people hit the request button that Rowling decided she could do it on her own and not even bother distributing them in the traditional way. So win—they will be available—less winning: they'll have to be sideloaded.
It would be nice to know if there was some way to get some idea of what publishers are doing with these requests, if anything. When I contact them directly, I get either no response or a canned "thanks for your interest in our products" kind of reply.