This sort of thing seems to happen fairly often with the books I look for on Audible and I believe it has to do with the book publishers themselves. I may be wrong about this but this seems to be a licensing issue. The book publishers don’t license companies like Audible the right to sell these audiobooks to people in certain countries because of the publishers’ existing distribution channels and media available in those countries.
Anyway, I thought I would look around at the options. Along the way I took a look at what iTunes charges for the Anathem audiobook and found that it charges about $42 which, at the current exchange rate is roughly R420 or so. Fair enough, the audiobook is over 32 hours long. Audible sells it for a little less, $34 for members or 2 credits, but that option isn’t available to me.
Notice the prices for the CD version of the books? I am not sure how much CDs cost but R800 for pretty much the same thing as the audiobook from Audible in a more inconvenient format?? This just reeks of profiteering and protectionism to me. Are the publishers trying to protect CD and physical book sales by preventing us from simply buying the audiobook version from Audible? It appears so. This is the kind of mentality which makes it easier for people to pirate content: stupid business models designed to maximise the publishers’ bottom line and do little to give the customer what the customer wants (in this case an audiobook version of a powerful new book at a price that isn’t prohibitive).
I wound up buying the paperback.