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Old 11-02-2010, 10:23 AM   #16
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Looks like contacting them - or Amazon - has worked as the Kindle edition is back to £4.49, 50p under the paperback price, a fairly usual pricing for Amazon UK.
So it is. That's good. I've no idea if my email had any effect, but I've now sent them one about the James May book "Car Fever".

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003LPV5K0/

This is one of the most obvious anomalies, but they still have lots of titles that are more expensive than the paperback at Amazon.
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Old 11-02-2010, 10:25 AM   #17
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Excellent! It really can be worth asking - I had similar success with a Penguin book a while ago.
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Old 11-02-2010, 10:54 AM   #18
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Excellent! It really can be worth asking - I had similar success with a Penguin book a while ago.
Having looked around at other sites, I suspect it might have been an article in "The Bookseller" that prompted the change rather than my email.

Publishers who want to set the retail price of ebooks really need to make sure that their pricing systems are up to scratch.
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The VAT is interfering with the Kindle book prices. They may not always be able to offer prices lower than paperbacks.
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Old 11-02-2010, 05:06 PM   #20
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I saw quite a few books today on the website about a pound more than the pbk price.
Last week I was reading one of Penguins Titles and I am not joking it had so many formatting errors that I felt obliged to complain to Amazon. If Penguin want to charge the agency price than they should fix their books.
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The VAT is interfering with the Kindle book prices. They may not always be able to offer prices lower than paperbacks.
Nonsense. Publishers give wholesalers (& Amazon) 55% or more discount on paperbacks. They only give 30% commission on ebooks to Amazon

£7.00 paperback: at least £3.85 to Amazon, at most £3.15 to publisher, of which at least £0.50 is production/storage/shipping cost. Gross Profit: max. £2.65. (38% of the price the customer paid.)

£4 ebook. £0.60 to tax man. £1.20 to Amazon. £2.20 to the publisher. Gross Profit: £2.20. (55% of the price the customer paid.)
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Hannu Rajaniemi's The Quantum Thief

Kindle Edition
£7.99

Publisher: Orion
Published: 30 Sep 2010
£7.99 -- --

Paperback £6.51


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Quantum-Thie.../dp/0575088877
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Gary Gibson pointed this out on twitter

Hannu Rajaniemi's The Quantum Thief

Kindle Edition
£7.99

Publisher: Orion
Published: 30 Sep 2010
£7.99 -- --

Paperback £6.51


http://www.amazon.co.uk/Quantum-Thie.../dp/0575088877

The trade paperback published 30 sep 2010 has list price £12.99 and is discounted by Amazon to £6.47 on my page). The paperback edition to be published 10 November 2011 has list price £7.99.

A very good book. Buy it!
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