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Old 08-05-2010, 05:27 AM   #1
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UK Kindle ebook store Now Open

The UK Kindle ebook store is now open for business. Amazon are also offering to transfer UK customer's Kindle store accounts from Amazon.com to Amazon.co.uk.

I've just done clicked the button to start this process. Hopefully it will be painless. The UK store has prices in £, not $.

Most prices seem to be a simple conversion from $ to £, with an exchange rate of about $1.55:£1. The current rate shown at xe.com is $1.58:£1, so it's not too bad at all.

It will be interesting to see how frequently Amazon update the UK price as the exchange rate changes.

Some UK prices are cheaper — as sometimes a cheaper paper version is available in the UK which isn't available in the US.

e.g. The Penguin Classics version of Kidnapped is $6.06 is the US Kindle store (including the 17.5% VAT for UK customers) but is only £1.89 in the UK Kindle store.

And no doubt some UK prices are higher.
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Old 08-05-2010, 05:31 AM   #2
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the UK store is even worse than the US:

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The UK Kindle ebook store is now open for business. Amazon are also offering to transfer UK customer's Kindle store accounts from Amazon.com to Amazon.co.uk.

I've just done clicked the button to start this process. Hopefully it will be painless. The UK store has prices in £, not $.

Most prices seem to be a simple conversion from $ to £, with an exchange rate of about $1.55:£1. The current rate shown at xe.com is $1.58:£1, so it's not too bad at all.

It will be interesting to see how frequently Amazon update the UK price as the exchange rate changes.

Some UK prices are cheaper — as sometimes a cheaper paper version is available in the UK which isn't available in the US.

e.g. The Penguin Classics version of Kidnapped is $6.06 is the US Kindle store (including the 17.5% VAT for UK customers) but is only £1.89 in the UK Kindle store.

And no doubt some UK prices are higher.
A nice surprise! From the little research I have done (very little, really), I had gotten the impression that e-books sold on UK bookstores are more expensive than in the US. I suppose the VAT may explain this, but only in part.

Anyway, this doesn't really concern me, since Amazon has decided my money wasn't good enough for them
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:10 AM   #4
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Maybe they are going to have dedicated sites for the different European countries, given they have Amazon.fr, Amazon.de anyway?

At the end of the day, lots of titles are geo restricted to US only as well so it is a more transparent front end for the UK.

The prices are pretty good, as I looked up one I bought a few weeks ago in USD and it is showing at the exact same price it showed up on my card at.
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:11 AM   #5
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Wouldn't that be a violation of EU Directive 3626/532 sub-section 4F?
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:22 AM   #6
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Well I'm really happy about this. I had a sneaking feeling that they would put the prices up in the UK store to match those of waterstones, wh smith etc. But they have maintained the same prices when you converted from dollars to pounds in the US store. The prices seem to be significantly cheaper than the stores I'm using at the moment.

This was the only place I could see Amazon falling down, but I'm so glad I got I got a chance to see the UK store before my kindle arrived.
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:24 AM   #7
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I've moved my account which was painless, bought a £0 book and it synched to my ipod OK. The one strange thing was that I had an "order" for the New Oxford American Dictionary, which I hadn't knowingly ordered. I think that this is either because I've ordered a Kindle 3, or perhaps because they've introduced dictionary lookup on other platforms (like the ipod). In any case, I haven't been charged for it.

The selection seems to have much the same blind spots as Amazon.com; it will be interesting to see the extent to which .com/.co.uk diverge over time, if at all. My guess is that it all runs off the same database.
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This is going to be seriously bad for my bank account!

I have just found the UK Kindle edition of 'Nothing to Envy' by Barbara Demick at £4.04. The US Kindle edition is $14.30 and at BooksOnBoard, where it has been sitting on my wish list since it came out last year, it is still $22.00!

Amazon!
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:31 AM   #9
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Maybe they are going to have dedicated sites for the different European countries, given they have Amazon.fr, Amazon.de anyway?

At the end of the day, lots of titles are geo restricted to US only as well so it is a more transparent front end for the UK.

The prices are pretty good, as I looked up one I bought a few weeks ago in USD and it is showing at the exact same price it showed up on my card at.
But there is no Amazon.nl, or .be or .ch, or any other countries except France and Germany.
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:34 AM   #10
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Impressive. UK Kindle store loads and searches significantly faster than Waterstone's or WH Smiths. Checked the book I've been meaning to buy:

Matter by Iain Banks: £4.86 (Kindle), £6.55 (WH Smiths), £7.54 (Waterstone's).

That's a big difference.

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Can other European countries buy from existing E-Book stores like Waterstones? I wondered if it was a publisher thing again - although, looking at the prices, I doubt it. I am sure there are ways round it the same as there have been ways round buying geo restricted at Amazon.com before, or anywhere else, for that matter. It's not ideal, but at least having one specific country store is a step in the right direction.

I guess for the rest of Europe it is business as usual with the usual geo restrictions and wait and see what happens.
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Can other European countries buy from existing E-Book stores like Waterstones? I wondered if it was a publisher thing again - although, looking at the prices, I doubt it. I am sure there are ways round it the same as there have been ways round buying geo restricted at Amazon.com before, or anywhere else, for that matter. It's not ideal, but at least having one specific country store is a step in the right direction.

I guess for the rest of Europe it is business as usual with the usual geo restrictions and wait and see what happens.
Yes, we can. Until Waterstones messes up with your Card (the card you pick up in stores, not the virtual one you can get at the site!) and your credit card won't work anymore. Ach! Anyway, for an English-language book it's still a good deal, you don't have to wait ages for post and you don't have to pay the post.

There are ways to get around geo restrictions
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Can other European countries buy from existing E-Book stores like Waterstones? I wondered if it was a publisher thing again - although, looking at the prices, I doubt it. I am sure there are ways round it the same as there have been ways round buying geo restricted at Amazon.com before, or anywhere else, for that matter. It's not ideal, but at least having one specific country store is a step in the right direction.

I guess for the rest of Europe it is business as usual with the usual geo restrictions and wait and see what happens.
I bought at Watestone. I don't know if ALL their books are available in ALL European countries, but at least one is available in France
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Oh, the temptation of the Leviathan!

Nearly all my music, and so many other little nic-nacs etc I already purchase from Amazon. I eased my conscience by having a PRS300 and buying my e-books from Waterstones, WH Smiths, BooksonBoard.

This morning, I saw Amazon telling me its UK Kindle site was up and running and, when I took a look at my Waterstones wish list and the savings I could make by buying them from Amazon, it was oh so tempting.

Please, save me from feeding the monster!

Oh no, too late!!
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