Originally Posted by Winter
Not really, it seems to be the same thing, from the Guardian's quotes -- $9.99 list price plus $1.99 fee, plus 15% VAT, equals approximately $13.75. I don't know where the extra $0.24 is going, but it doesn't seem to match the higher list prices Amazon is throwing up in their own defence. Moreover, if it was just additional VAT being charged rather than this questionable fee, we'd end up with total prices around $11.50.
I think $9.99 is already ridiculously high for an ebook, but I'd say $11.50 is less of a kick in the teeth than $13.99.
Yes, but UK publishers also charge more for their books in general than US ones (print and electronic). I don't see how that can't be part of the extra cost (again I know that's not the case in your specific case).
An example I posted elsewhere Audrey Niffenegger's new book Her Fearful Symmetry...
US ebook list price $26.99 (approx £17.02)
UK ebook list price £21.84 (approx $34.63)
It would seem to me that the obvious difference in asking price has to be made up somewhere even if Amazon does heavily discount.
It was general Amazon support. God knows I tried, but I couldn't find any Kindle-specific contact information on their help pages.
When I had to contact them (as a Kindle customer) I went through this page...
They also have some support forums for DTP.
I assume they have another support email for DTP for publishers, but I have no idea where that would be found.
Oh, and I'd love to see prices come down worldwide.