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Why Is Amazon Holding Back The Spread of eBooks Around the World?

January 22, 2012

I’d noticed a discrepancy in the pricing of my book when it went for sale on Amazon. The list price is $3.99 but it showed up as $5.99 in some jurisdictions. I contacted Amazon as well as another self-published author and discovered, from the author not Amazon, that Amazon levies a $2.00 charge on books sold in some countries.

As it stands my book displays and sells for the correct price in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and ‘Amazon Germany’ (Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) and a few other places. But in many other countries it costs $2.00 extra. Why? Continue reading →

– John

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