I know I’ve ranted before (and at some length) about book pricing here in Australia but it’s a topic I like to re-visit every now and again; mostly to see if the issue is still the same giant mess. There’s always the slim chance that someone fixed it up while I wasn’t paying attention right? I’d hate to waste my ranting about things that aren’t problems anymore when there are so many rant-worthy subjects to be found 🙂
What prompted this particular post was seeing a tweet from Jon of Pages & Pages book store in Sydney saying that Peter Corris’ brand new release, COMEBACK, is only $9.99 in his store’s eBook outlet. The rest of the world might cringe at that price for an eBook but it’s damned cheap for a traditionally published, new release title by an Australian author regardless of the format. Was it a sign of a new regime of sensible pricing or an inexplicable aberration I wondered and was, as ever, bemused by what I found when I checked the price in other outlets (all prices in Australian dollars):
|Kobo (kobo eBook)||$7.99|
|Pages & Pages (ReadCloud eBook)||$9.99|
|Readings (Booki.sh eBook)||$9.99|
|Amazon (kindle edition)||$14.99|
|Booktopia (Google eBook)||$22.50|
|Booktopia (trade paperback)||$23.95 + shipping|
|Boomerang Books (trade paperback)||$26.99 + shipping|
|Dymocks (google eBook)||$29.99|
|Dymocks (trade paperback)||$29.99|
At this stage the physical version of the book is not available from overseas outlets (neither Book Depository nor Amazon).
So I guess I have learned I can still rant about this subject without looking like an out of touch crazy lady, though for the moment I’m all out of rant. So if you are a publisher (particularly the publisher of this title) consider yourself slapped with a wet fish.
For the record I did purchase a copy of the book from Pages & Pages. I could have gotten the book $2 cheaper but I’m happy to pay a small surcharge for dealing with an Australian company. Especially given that the Pages & Pages ReadCloud store is the only eBook store that I’ve used (and I have used about 2 dozen such stores in the past 18 months) that rivals Amazon for ease and speed of use and download. If you are a reader of ePub books you should definitely check it out (and no Jon hasn’t paid me to say that but if you’d tried as many complicated checkout/download operations as I have, you too would be raving about something that offers speed and simplicity without assuming all customers are criminals in waiting).
I shall go to sleep tonight hoping that COMEBACK’s price is a sign of our publishing industry’s maturation on pricing issues, but I shan’t hold my breath 🙂