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EffieTX
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How to get books from Ireland if not being published by US publisher

I go to Ireland every year and I always stock up on books that are not available here in the states.. I assume because the authors who are generally Irish or English do not have a US publisher.  Does B&N only offer books that are published by US publishers? 

 

One series that I absolutely love is the books by Martha Long.. "Ma, He sold me for a few cigarettes".. and the subsequent books detailing her upbringing in Ireland. I think they are awesome but will I always have to wait for my next trip  to Ireland to get the latest book?

 

Linda

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TiggerBear
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Re: How to get books from Ireland if not being published by US publisher

 


EffieTX wrote:

I go to Ireland every year and I always stock up on books that are not available here in the states.. I assume because the authors who are generally Irish or English do not have a US publisher.  Does B&N only offer books that are published by US publishers? 

 

One series that I absolutely love is the books by Martha Long.. "Ma, He sold me for a few cigarettes".. and the subsequent books detailing her upbringing in Ireland. I think they are awesome but will I always have to wait for my next trip  to Ireland to get the latest book?

 

Linda


The answer to both is yes. B&N currently only sells books published in the US or carried by US publishers.

 

 

Try other online sellers.

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blkeyesuzi
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Re: How to get books from Ireland if not being published by US publisher

Yes, Tigger is right.  I just checked and the book is available on another major online site that sells internationally.  Just do a google search and you will have no problem finding it.  Thanks for the tip by the way.  I love hearing about great authors and books.  I'm ordering a couple of Martha Long's books for myself.  I'm looking forward to reading them.

Suzi

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Psychee
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Re: How to get books from Ireland if not being published by US publisher

I purchase my UK books from Amazon Canada.  I looked up your favorite author and found her books listed here:

 

http://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=martha+long 

 

There has been some talk about a B&N Canada, but right now I think they only sell e-books.  It's a missed opportunity, I think.

Doug_Pardee
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Psychee wrote:

 

There has been some talk about a B&N Canada, but right now I think they only sell e-books.  It's a missed opportunity, I think.


It's not necessarily a missed opportunity. Canada has laws that seriously restrict "bricks and mortar" bookstores from outside of Canada from doing anything within Canada. They're trying to protect their local industries and cultures.

 

For many years, Amazon Canada was a paper entity, with the actual fulfillment being done by SCI Logistics, part of Canada Post. This past April, a $20 million (US) payment to the right Canadian causes, plus a non-specific pledge to promote Canadian content on Amazon, got Canada to relent and allow Amazon to run its own distribution center inside of Canada. There was a lot of uproar over Amazon being allowed in. Google will point you to lots of articles on the subject.

 

From the April 12th announcement about Amazon:

The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced that Amazon has been granted approval under the Investment Canada Act to establish a fulfilment centre in Canada for Amazon.ca operations.

 

"Our Government is committed to strengthening Canada's economy through all its sectors, especially arts and culture," said Minister Moore. "Amazon has shown its willingness to promote Canadian cultural products, and we are pleased it is continuing to demonstrate this through this new investment."

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Psychee
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Re: [OT] Canadian stores

That's interesting, Doug, but I still wonder -- if Amazon was able to get a foothold in the UK book market via partnerships with UK (or in this case, Canadian) entities, why couldn't Barnes & Noble? 

 

Alternatively, why couldn't B & N develop a relationship with UK booksellers that would enable it to sell as a third party (like it does with used and new books in the US from other booksellers)?

 

It still seems to me to be a missed opportunity.  B&N already sells American books to Canadian customers-- increasing their holdings to include UK published books-- even if they only sold them to Americans--  would seem to me to be a good thing for both countries. 

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Re: [OT] Canadian stores

I'm certainly in no position to say. I just observe that Amazon has been selling books over Teh Intarwebs for a decade, while B&N is a relative newcomer. And that Amazon has been selling e-books for a few years, while B&N is a relative newcomer (not counting the Rocketbook era). It took Amazon a decade to break into Canada, and the Kindle was US-only for two years before the International version made its debut.

 

It's hard for me to be too down on B&N about their current shortcomings in these areas. When it comes to digital bookselling, they're the new kid on the block. I expect they'll eventually get there.

 

(I do have to wonder how B&N managed to blow the Fictionwise expertise, experience, customer base, and reputation that they paid almost $16 million for just a year and a half ago.)