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A publisher of a print book cannot produce that work as an ebook if they do not have the legal right to do so. This article explains the background to ebook rights: the right to publish in digital format and the territorial rights to distribute the ebook. (Part 3 of Ebook (un)availability.)

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How frustrating is it to find the book you want isn’t available as an ebook?

How exciting is it to find that a book you want is an ebook – but how doubly annoying when it is not available for sale to customers in your country?

How much sense does it make to be able to buy the first and third books in a trilogy as an ebook, but not the second? I’m not making this one up: this is the case for Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series here in Australia.

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