I'll say the publishers are fighting back!!!!!! (And can you tell from the number of explanation points that I'm NOT happy about it?)
In Feb I purchased "The Sunne in Splendour" for $9.99 (and,I'm happy to say, I just checked and it's still ON my Kindle). However it can no longer be purchased for the Kindle. I'd told a friend about the book and when she went to purchase it there was no Kindle option. That made no sense, so I wrote Amazon. Their reply:
"I'm sorry to say that "The Sunne In Splendour: A Novel of Richard" isn't currently available for Kindle. Your direct feedback to the publisher is helpful.
Publishers grant eBook rights on a country by country basis, as a result availability and pricing of titles in the Kindle Store can vary. We are actively working with publishers to get the rights to all titles for every country and adding more selection every day."
I'd been taking my time about getting the rest of the SKP books (all of the historicals except "When Christ and His Saints Slept" were available on Kindle for $9.99 or less). I figured I'd just purchase and download each one when I was ready to read it. With trepidation, I checked to see if THEY were still there ........ and it's a sorry, sorry mess!
Time & Chance - paperback 10.88, Kindle 19.99!!
Devil's Brood - Hdback 11.58, paperback 10.88, Kindle $19.99!!
Here Be Dragons - paperback 11.53, no longer available on Kindle!!
Falls the Shadow - paperback 12.21, Kindle 9.99
The Reckoning - paperback 12.21, Kindle 9.99
Needless to say, I grabbed the last two, but it's no longer possible to read the first of that trilogy on Kindle. And, in practice, you can't read the rest of the other trilogy because no one (I hope!!!!) is going to pay ~$20.00 for a Kindle version when they can get a hard copy book for ~$10.
This is insane. It's like having a book flip in and out of print every week or so. And to think one of the great features (I thought) was that you could read series of books in order, whenever you were ready for the next one.
Oh, well, maybe it's time to spend a few months re-reading the classics -- as most of them can be obtained for free.