So, I was just catching up with my podcast subscriptions (the latest episode of Judge John Hodgman to be precise) and learned that his latest book will be soon available as an audiobook. Since I enjoy the show, I was naturally rather excited about an audiobook as well and interested to find out more.

After I arrived at home I wondered whether some of his previously released books are available as well. And they are! Of course there’s a caveat: They are not available in my region!

While available in Audible.com they are not available via Audible.co.uk, which would be my preferred store for audiobooks. The situation with iTunes/Amazon is exactly the same (since they only refer to Audible). How such limitations are helping the artists or the customers is beyond my understanding.

And yes, I am aware that there are ways around that, but I don’t want to make it even more cumbersome for me to spend my money. All I want is to simply buy these audiobooks and nothing else.

This is just one of many examples that I ran into, it is just the last but it sure is as annoying as on the first time. Of course I know that there are some international copyright laws and other regulations, but maybe someone should re-think these, as they don’t make any sense anymore in this day and age. After all, it’s called the world wide web.