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Old 06-19-2010, 06:15 PM   #1
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UK ebook prices

As a new owner of a Sony Reader Pocket Edition keen to add some books to my device I'm struck by the absurdity of e-book prices in the UK.

For example a book like "The Hand That First Held Mine" by Maggie O'Farell costs £11.04 in EPUB format from WhSmith which is exactly the same price as the hardback version, and yet there are no printing costs and the DRM means I can't loan it or sell it on.

Contrast this with say Waterstones who charge £9.09 for the book, but don't offer an ebook version and of course our good friend Amazon charging £8.48.

Never fear I thought pop across to Books On Board where I can pay in dollars, no such luck 'no format available for this title in your country'

I already have friends who think that ebooks are a great idea until they find out they cost more at which point they generally swear and lose interest!

I have no issues with paying for what I consume, and no issues with DRM, but for f's sake make it worth my while to be honest!
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Old 06-19-2010, 06:27 PM   #2
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Yes I totally agree with you . I am shocked and dismayed at the pricing of Ebooks . I know how much the discounting is from Publishers to book shops as I work in one . I think the publishers are exploiting us the buyers . I have heard that some publishers are trying to be fair and charge a decent rate for their ebooks at around £ 5.99 for a novel . Other ones like Routledge which is academic are charging the full hbk price for an ebook of around £80.00 . No one in their right minds would pay that much for a digital copy excep the institutions and Libraries .
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Old 06-19-2010, 11:00 PM   #3
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I just did a search for the book in US. Only Amazon has the ebook version for $9.99. Hardcover $16.50. The publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt provides both versions.

BN $18.00 and Borders $25.00 so Amazon has some type of special deal.
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Old 06-20-2010, 03:34 AM   #4
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Would it be a good price for that?
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Old 06-20-2010, 06:55 AM   #5
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In the UK, ebooks have VAT on them, real books don't. So anything that you would save in printing/distribution costs gets stolen by the government. If you have a friend in America, get them to buy your ebooks.
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Old 06-20-2010, 01:19 PM   #6
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Prices vary from book to book and site to site. Just as well I check some of the UK sites when I'm looking to buy. For example I bought The Infinities by John Banville at Waterstones for 6.39GBP which is about $9.25USD and far cheaper than what was being asked by any US site.
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Old 06-20-2010, 04:53 PM   #7
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Thanks for all your replies, I suspect the real answer is 'if you can afford £159 - £259 for an ebook reader you shouldn't quibble about paying us through the nose for an ebook!'

mr ploppy is right about VAT and I tend to avoid UK sites.

I think my real beef is that if I want a normal book I just pop onto Amazon and go, I don't usually need to check whether they have a good price or not. For ebooks, I need to check three or four different permutations, UK/US £/$ before buying.

One of the great features of the iTunes store is it just works and it is what it is.

Hey I'm a glass half full kind of guy and I'm really enjoying rediscovering reading.
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Old 06-20-2010, 05:23 PM   #8
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^^I'd recommend checking out some of the indie authors/publishers. They're usually pretty inexpensive, and sometimes free. Of course, a lot of the stuff on offer from the indies just ain't very good - but then again, the major publishers are no innocents in that respect, either. At least you're not going to feel so ripped-off by a duff indie book.
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Old 06-20-2010, 06:17 PM   #9
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I think my real beef is that if I want a normal book I just pop onto Amazon and go, I don't usually need to check whether they have a good price or not. For ebooks, I need to check three or four different permutations, UK/US £/$ before buying.
You might want to try using Inkmesh.com or ebooks.addall.com when looking.
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You might want to try using Inkmesh.com or ebooks.addall.com when looking.
Cool I'll check them out.

Thanks.
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Never fear I thought pop across to Books On Board where I can pay in dollars, no such luck 'no format available for this title in your country'
In most cases a fake address and virtual credit card will allow you to step around such annoying restrictions. For some sites you also need an IP proxy.
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