eBookstores Not Ready for Primetime? No Nobel

Often when the Nobel Literature Prize is announced, I run down to the fairly large bookstore near work to see if they have anything by the new laureate in English. Sometimes they do, often the don’t.

So I was looking forward to being able to download a Nobel winner to my iPad this year.

Sadly, there is nothing by Mario Vargas Llosa in the (US) iBook store, nor anything in English in the much larger Kindle store. And no audio books from Audible in the American iTunes store.

This is not a minor poet in an obscure language. The eBookstores can’t have everything perhaps, but the fact that they ignore such a major, albeit non-American, writer demonstrates that they have a way to go.

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