Originally Posted by geenp
When the Paperwhite came out it seemed that the gap between Amazon and the others was growing. I (Kobo user) wanted to try their ecosystem with a couple of books on their iOS app thinking that maybe I could switch when I was ready to replace my Kobo. What I found out was that every book I could find that had publisher controlled pricing was more expensive than on competing stores like the iBooks store and Kobo itself. I'm shopping from Australia and I don't know what the situation is like elsewhere but can anybody explain this? I was under the impression that publisher set pricing would keep all of them level.
In countries where Amazon don't have an agreement with a local telecoms operator they used to charge a US$2 surcharge per book to pay for the cost of 3G downloads. Is that perhaps still the case for Australia? Might account for it. I've certainly not noticed Amazon being more expensive than other stores; quite the opposite - they're very often cheaper.