But do authors also have to suffer because they don't have the time, legal right or tech skills to be able to direct publish their works as e-books?
I love my authors and want all good things to go to them. Without reading and books my life would be rather empty.
So I am willing to buy online e-books which I am not allowed to read (because I live in the wrong region/they haven't been released in this part of the World) so that I can support the author. (And then I strip the DRM because I did buy it, for goodness sake!)