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Old 11-08-2016, 04:26 AM   #1
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Amazon has finally made KU available in Australia. From Gizmodo http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2016/11/am...-in-australia/

FAQs on Amazon Australia site https://www.amazon.com.au/b?node=4483857051

And I see that it is for New Zealand also.

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Old 11-08-2016, 10:24 AM   #2
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I'm assuming that VAT is a part of the AUD price of $13.99 so in that respect it doesn't appear that Australia is getting a jacked up price versus the US price of $9.99 (which doesn't include tax).

At a quick glance it does appear to not have any audiobooks like the US and UK versions (& possibly other local versions?) do though.
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Old 11-08-2016, 02:28 PM   #3
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Yes, I think you are right.

I presume Amazon AU charges in local currency, although I don't know for sure as I haven't transferred either my book account or my Audible account over to Australia yet.

Firstly because I didn't know if the range was the same, and secondly because I wasn't confident that I could always just go back to the US account, and finally because I always swore I wouldn't do it until Amazon had a full Australian store.

The currency exchange fees bite, however
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Old 11-09-2016, 04:45 AM   #4
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Amazon.com.au charges in AU currency, however with my last ebook purchased the is $0.00 tax (though from 1/7/17 that may change given the way the Aus government is wanting to tax everything from overseas).

No sign of audible books, but I wonder if it will download the audible version for immersion reading??
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Old 11-14-2016, 02:42 AM   #5
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The overwhelming majority of KU books are self-published. Some commercial publishers participate, but none of the majors.
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Old 11-15-2016, 08:59 AM   #6
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The overwhelming majority of KU books are self-published. Some commercial publishers participate, but none of the majors.
If the big commercial publishers were part of KU, I'd sign up in a flash. And cut my ebook spending by about 75%!
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Old 11-15-2016, 09:06 AM   #7
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Me too .
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Old 11-15-2016, 09:39 AM   #8
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I'd never get my money's worth from KU; as it is, I struggle to find one book a month to read from the KOLL (the libraries seem the same). And at that, I often fail or can't be bothered.
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I'd never get my money's worth from KU; as it is, I struggle to find one book a month to read from the KOLL (the libraries seem the same). And at that, I often fail or can't be bothered.
Must admit I've just never bothered with KOLL. Way too much on my TBR list!
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Old 11-15-2016, 10:53 AM   #10
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Must admit I've just never bothered with KOLL. Way too much on my TBR list!
Every now and then I get blindsided by the "something for nothing" syndrome, especially when compounded by the "use it or lose it" syndrome.

It's part of the same mindset that back in the pbook era had me buying the books I really wanted to read and borrowing from the library the books I kind of wanted to read. Of course I had to read the library books first, as they had due dates!

In my defense, I'm much better these days and I only get the occasional book from KOLL which was already on my radar. Still, the KOLL is a nuisance and when I've already got years' and years' (and years') worth of reading in my library, it's a chin-scratcher why I bother even to the extent of two or three books a year.
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Old 11-17-2016, 07:02 AM   #11
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My concerned is the available book selection. Does anyone have experience? A million titles is stated, but is this bottom of the barrel stuff? Or NYT best-sellers?
It's mostly indie and Amazon imprints.

There is some really good stuff, if you like paranormal romance
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Sean Platt has quite a few books in KU, and he's not romance.
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I'd never get my money's worth out of KU at $13.99/m (and yes, it includes GST)...
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Yes, I think you are right.

I presume Amazon AU charges in local currency, although I don't know for sure as I haven't transferred either my book account or my Audible account over to Australia yet.

Firstly because I didn't know if the range was the same, and secondly because I wasn't confident that I could always just go back to the US account, and finally because I always swore I wouldn't do it until Amazon had a full Australian store.

The currency exchange fees bite, however
I discovered the other day that you can switch back and forth if you want. I dont know how much of a limit there is on the number of times you can do that.
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