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Old 12-19-2012, 09:19 PM   #1
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Why are prices higher in Canada than the US?

E-book Retailers Bet You're Willing to Pay...
Huff Post article today concerning the prices difference for ebooks between Canada and the US. The price differences at the Canadian Kindle Store did not go unnoticed!

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/12...n_2324155.html
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:33 AM   #2
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Look at the difference between the US and Australia.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:35 AM   #3
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In some cases it may be due to the book having a different publisher (in which case it's just as likely to be lower as higher). Often, Canadians get the UK publisher, not the US one.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:57 AM   #4
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The prices in Australia are crazy high compared to the US for books,Kindles and music.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:47 AM   #5
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In some cases it may be due to the book having a different publisher (in which case it's just as likely to be lower as higher). Often, Canadians get the UK publisher, not the US one.
I've never seen a book I'm interested in cheaper in Canada than in the United States. I'm sure these books exist somewhere, but in my reading lists they are as mythical as Bigfoot.

I am glad we get the UK publisher in many circumstances and I am willing to pay an extra buck or two for original language.

I'm sure I haven't made much of a dent in the Canadian market, but my e-book purchasing and book purchasing for that matter has dropped considerably over the last year. My library is my friend. If the library ceased to exist, I'd probably just end up reading less.

You can tax illiteracy.
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I've never seen a book I'm interested in cheaper in Canada than in the United States. I'm sure these books exist somewhere, but in my reading lists they are as mythical as Bigfoot.
There's a recent thread in the Kindle forum about the opening of Amazon's Canadian Kindle eBook store. There are several posts in that thread reporting somewhat lower prices in the Canadian store.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:24 AM   #7
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E-book Retailers Bet You're Willing to Pay...
Huff Post article today concerning the prices difference for ebooks between Canada and the US. The price differences at the Canadian Kindle Store did not go unnoticed!

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/12...n_2324155.html
Man, I was so excited to see in the article that there was a tie-in novel for Rush's "Clockwork Angels" (their current album, which is very good). Then I saw it was by Kevin J. Anderson.

EDIT: Huh. The Kindle edition's only $8.50 at Amazon.ca. Thought the $15.99/$16.18 quoted in the article was for the ebook (thus making the $11.99 for it at Kobo a great deal, though at least you can most likely use promo codes on it), but it's actually for the hardcover.

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Old 12-20-2012, 11:35 AM   #8
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There's a recent thread in the Kindle forum about the opening of Amazon's Canadian Kindle eBook store. There are several posts in that thread reporting somewhat lower prices in the Canadian store.
Yep, somewhat lower. They are more in line with Chapters which is nice and I'll probably move account to Canada in the new year. Canada is stuck with the higher cost legacy of a crappy dollar and crappy distribution. The fact that digital has removed most of those issues has left us with publishers making even more money off of us every time we buy an ebook.

I'm voting by spending less money on books in general.
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:58 PM   #9
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Canadian vs. US book pricing has always been odd, and it's never been eBook specific.

When I managed a bookstore in Canada during the early 90's the price differential between the two countries was usually $1.00CAD. With the prevailing exchange rate, that put the Canadian price lower in absolute terms. By around 2000 that had changed, with the differential increasing even as the exchange rates approached parity.

Canadians kept buying books as prices went up, so prices kept going up.
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:29 PM   #12
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Don't those wear out your ereader faster?
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That just gives me an excuse to get a new one.
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