I’ve heard all the arguments from publishers over the years about why Canadian prices for books are higher. First it was because the U.S. dollar was worth more. Now it’s because the distribution costs are higher in Canada, fewer sales, etc. Perhaps that’s the case, and perhaps not, but it’s a hard one to argue if you don’t have access to their expense sheets.
E-Books, however… what gives? Even with Amazon, their U.S. site and Canadian site have price discrepancies of, on average, more than $1.00. Just so you know, the two currencies are at par. There are no transportation costs. No shipping. The files are the same. There is no reason whatsoever for them to cost more.
Amazon is looking to expand into Canada, with a new and aggressive marketing campaign for the Kindle here. But with the Kindle’s inability to buy books from anyone but Amazon, I don’t see Canadians buying a device that not only limits their purchasing choices, but will cost them more.