HarperCollins closes ebookstore nobody knew about

Here’s the screenshot of the store closure.

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Via Publishers Weekly

6 Comments on HarperCollins closes ebookstore nobody knew about

  1. There are many eBook stores out there. Surprising a closing from such a large name brand yet like so many new ventures sometimes the little guy can win.

  2. I had purchased from it, but only my Tolkien fix…

  3. Brian/AnemicOak // November 23, 2010 at 10:10 am //

    It’s been “temporarily” closed to new sales since Agency Pricing went into effect in April. I guess this just makes it official. It’d be nice if they sent an email to account holders letting them know they have until Dec. 19th to re-download their books if need be (at least I haven’t gotten one, although all I have are some freebies they did a couple years ago). I suppose it’s better than PaperBack Digital who was there one day and closed the next.

    Another example of the problems with DRM. Even if you download a backup copy now you may or may not be unable to use it later on a new device/computer unless you go ahead and un-infect it.

  4. I did get an email today about it.

  5. Brian/AnemicOak // November 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm //

    I spoke too soon. I just got an email as well (contents below)…

    “Dear HarperCollins eBook Customer,

    As of November 19, 2010, the HarperCollins eBook Store has been discontinued. We are contacting you so that you have the opportunity to download and archive the titles you have purchased. To download previously purchased titles, sign in and visit your ‘My library’ page. After December 19, 2010 titles that have not been downloaded will no longer be accessible.

    We appreciate your patronage, and we regret any inconvenience this may cause you.

    Sincerely,

    The HarperCollins e-books Support Team
    http://www.harpercollinsebooks.com

  6. Yep, I just got the US email too, looks like it was the UK one earlier today

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