The government should forget trying to get tourists to come to Australia by using the ad slogan “So where the bloody hell are you?” – you can’t even get bloody books down here!
The following is a direct crosspost from my Lifekludger blog. If you get the impression I’m not happy… you are right!
Virtual Geographic Kludging
Hereâ€™s the story. I had been hearing lots aboiut David Allenâ€™s book â€œGetting things doneâ€. I had heard it was available through audible.com and so wandered over there, credit card at the ready, to purchase a audio download of the book.
Having a disability that severely restricts my ability to handle physical â€œpaperâ€ books, the prospect of an audio book meant this would be more accessible to me. In fact, there is no way I would buy the physical book.
Little was I to know.
As it turns out, audible is more inaudible. It appears that because I have an address that is in Australia, and I foolishly gave my true address, the system will not let me access the audio book.
You can read below what audible said when I enquired.
A lot of bloody good that does me! All these publishing people may have their â€œlegalâ€ reasons for justifying their geographic discrimination, but whatever justification spin they want to put on it IT STILL DOESNâ€™T HELP ME ACCESS THE BLOODY BOOK!
Just more barriers to overcome!
So, as a kludge I am asking anybody who does not live in Australia who may be willing to have a â€œvirtual boarderâ€ reside with them and donate their address for the sole purpose of lying to audible so I can actually PAY them to get access to a book.
Anyone who feels they will be able to help me out in this, please email me or leave a comment and I will email you.
Dave – Lifekludger
(I wonder what someone like Seth Godin would make of this response)
Subject – Geographical restrictions
Response (Arun V.) – 02/26/2006 08:59 PM
Thanks for contacting Audible, the worldâ€™s largest online destination for downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment.
I apologize for the inconvenience. This one is an issue of Geographical restrictions. Not all books are available worldwide.
When publishers decide to publish a work, they acquire the rights to distribute that title in certain parts of the globe. Sometimes they buy â€œworldâ€ rights, but frequently the rights for a book are split among several companies, each of whom publish for certain countries. As a distributor, we need to abide by the restrictions that publishers assume when they publish a work. Thousands of our titles are available for â€œworldâ€ distribution. You can find a catalog of our â€œworldâ€ titles at or by clicking on the â€œView All Categoriesâ€ link on our left nav bar on our homepage.
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[tags]publishing, drm, subversion, barriers, lunacy, gtd, david+allen, seth-godin, disability[/tags]