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Old 04-12-2009, 11:25 PM   #1
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Big ebook price difference between UK and US

I don't know why there are such big price differences on some ebooks between the UK and the US.
I just bought the Alexander Cipher for 4.50GBP(approx AU$9) from whsmiths and at BooksonBoard its $US19(approx AU$28). Quite a big difference?
Anyone got any ideas why there would be such a big difference for the same book?
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:29 PM   #2
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Dunno, that book is 11.99 US dollars on Sony's store.
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:57 PM   #3
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This seems to be a book that was first published in the UK by Harper-Collins. It is already in paperback in the UK, which probably explains its low ebook price. On Amazon in the US the publisher for the, just released, hardback and the Kindle ebook ($9.99) is Grand Central Publishing.
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:04 AM   #4
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:05 AM   #5
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It's the regional publisher spitting that we got from pbooks. Usually in pbook each region has their own publisher and they do their own thing.

From amazon.com The Alexander Cipher was publish on March 18, 2009 in hardcover by Grand Central Publishing which is a subsidary of hachette

from amazon.co.uk The Alexander Cipher UK version was publish 5 Nov 2007 by harperscollins UK in paperback

So both publisher make ebook.

The US publisher decide that it would be a great idea put ebook at hardcover price.

UK one base their price on their paperback version.

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Old 04-13-2009, 03:13 AM   #6
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Ah, Its the same regional stupidity happening here. I knew hachette was involved somewhere
The US prices are usually always better than the UK prices but this is a rather dramatic reversal. Funny that harper collins didn't publish it in the US as well.
I guess it pays to check both the US and UK prices before deciding to buy
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Old 04-13-2009, 04:02 AM   #7
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The original poster was actually saying that this particular book was cheaper in the UK than the US.
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:33 PM   #8
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Yeah, it is a welcome change that some UK ebook stores are getting competitive with the US stores. Maybe Waterstones needs a little help because the ebook of Alexander cipher is dearer than the paperback at the moment and also 1 pound dearer than WHsmiths.
Incidentally the second book in the series Exodus Quest(released Nov 2008) is now available in epub ebook for the same 4.50GBP price.
I guess the US publishers are trying to make some money out of it with the excessive price.
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:40 PM   #9
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