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Old 02-26-2008, 05:03 AM   #1
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There is frequent discussion as to the price of E-books on this forums and how expensive they are. Tonight I purchased the e-book version of Stephen King's latest book. It cost me $11.00 AUD. Below are the AUD prices of the paper versiosn. These are the usual prices although you can at times find Trade Paperbacks for around $20 AUD.

Duma Key Stephen King Trade paperback $35.00
Duma Key Stephen King Hardcover book $59.99
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Old 02-26-2008, 07:42 AM   #2
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Woa! What are they making books of down under? Dropbear hide?

The paper book prices seem kind of excessive to me. As in, they should be cheaper by at least about a third or so.
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Woa! What are they making books of down under? Dropbear hide?

The paper book prices seem kind of excessive to me. As in, they should be cheaper by at least about a third or so.
I'd guess it's because Australia is a country with a small population, a long way away from the places where the books are actually printed. It's probably pretty expensive to ship books there, and that cost gets passed on to the customer.
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Hmm, 21 million people isn't that small, but the shipping might very well be a factor. AFAIK, Australia mainly gets the British editions, so how does this compare to the prices in the UKoGBaNI?
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Hmm, 21 million people isn't that small, but the shipping might very well be a factor. AFAIK, Australia mainly gets the British editions, so how does this compare to the prices in the UKoGBaNI?
It's a LOT more expensive. Amazon UK are selling the hardback of "Duma Key" for £9.49, which is A$20.11 at today's exchange rate. That's about a third of the price the original poster quoted. Even at the UK list price of £18.99 it's still only two thirds the A$ price.
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Old 02-26-2008, 04:27 PM   #6
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Australian pricing is still is "slowly moving to match the currency" mode - the south pacific peso used to be about two to the $US and three to the pound, but that's no longer even close. Pricing is often still set on that basis though, leading to a lot of grey market imports. It's common for Australians to buy stuff via eBay or whatever direct from the manufacturer or closest English language distributor - I play with cameras a bit and a huge number of people buy stuff over the net from Hong Kong because it's ~20% cheaper even though camera prices in Australia have dropped dramatically in the last few years.

One example: I can buy the Oxford English Dictionary on CD for $AUS750 locally or for #250 in the UK. 250 quid is about $AUS550... I believe the CDs are carried from Britain by naked Nubian slaves riding bicycles.
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Old 02-26-2008, 04:53 PM   #7
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I believe the CDs are carried from Britain by naked Nubian slaves riding bicycles.
Sorry, mate, you're quite wrong there. They're not naked at all, and I hear a couple have even been issued with mopeds.

I know.

Back on it, I think Australia and indeed the whole of the former British Empire (except ?Canada) form a traditional sales territory for UK publishers. The shipping costs can't be all that much. I suspect there's a bit of profiteering going on.
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Moz, I buy a lot of my photographic gear from B&H in New York, substantial savings even after import fees if they are applicable. Just bought a lens with a $400 saving and was here within a week. www.lightforceimages.com is where my images reside. As for books, I buy a lot of non fiction items from Amazon, but when it comes to fiction, I tend to have an "I want it now" attitude so end up paying more, or at least I did until the advent of e-books at a fraction of the cost of the paper versions.
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Old 02-27-2008, 10:06 AM   #9
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Shipping costs from the US east coast to Australia/New Zealand/ Pacific Rim are significantly cheaper than shipping to Europe via the US Post Office. I ship a lot all over the world and I'm always amazed at how the costs vary.
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