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The Karavansara Amazon Wishlist is Up(-ish)


I don’t know if it’s going to work.
No, OK, it probably won’t.

amazon-a-150You see, it’s been suggested that I could also place an Amazon Wishlist here on my blog.
And I thought, why not?
Something simple, with about twenty or thirty titles, on a low to medium price range – history, pulp, noir, sword & sorcery, the Silk Road… Only ebooks, because delivery costs would be too high for physical books.
So I selected a few titles, and set up a wishlist on Amazon.com… and found out I could not place any ebook in my wishlist – because you see, I live in Italy, so I’m supposed to use Amazon.it for my ebooks – even if it’s only to place them on a wishlist.
And while I can put ebooks on an Amazon.it wishlist, nobody in Italy can give them to me as gifts – because for reason that escape me, you can’t give Amazon ebooks as gifts in Italy. Only physical objects can be donated.


But hold it – can a foreign resident give me an ebook as a gift from my Italian wishlist?
I don’t know. I have no idea, really.
But I decided to try it anyway.


So now the wishlist is up – hosted by the Amazon.it servers.
If the Byzantine rules of Amazon and Italian e-Commerce work as predicted, nobody will be able to send me ebooks as gifts. But not for lack of trying on my part.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

3 thoughts on “The Karavansara Amazon Wishlist is Up(-ish)

  1. After doing some research I found out that there is a way to work around this problem, it’s just a bit of a hustle.
    The Idea is to add the items through their review page.
    To sum up: go to the review page of any given article (Kindle Books included) by clicking the “See all customer reviews” at the bottom of the page and from there the “Add to Wishlist” button should appear on the right, for those titles without reviews, simply copy the product code in the URL and change it with the one in the review page (to give an example: here a clean code from one of the books in your wishlist, the first number of the Cirsova Magazine: https://www.amazon.com/product-reviews/B01CKSRT1M/ the idea being of changing that B01CKSRT1M with the one of the book without reviews).
    I wish Amazon wouldn’t make things so overly complicated, I can understand the buying limitations (without approving them) but to limit the ability to simply add an book to a list? That’s just plain silly.
    Anyway, I hope this helps! 🙂


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