The ugly spectre of protectionism continues to haunt us. A correspondent sent me the following:
Just a quick note to say that the technical measures to enforce the geographical restrictions are slowly but surely tightening. The iPhone eReader application just refused to download 2 books that I had purchased (by pretending to be in the USA). It said I was in the wrong location. Curiously I had no problem downloading them to my Mac, form where, in a spirit of perversity, I uploaded them to my Personal Content shelf at Fictionwise, and from there to the iPhone.
However, it does seem that the days of being able to get around this sort of measure are numbered. The FAQ on the FW site still says that less than 10% of their books are protected in this way, but this is woefully short of the truth now. In effect the site is now USA only, and there is nothing much we can do in the rest of the world until the publishers sort themselves out. The local alternatives have a very poor and very expensive selection.