Amongst other things, I mention the fact that books for Kindle are more affordable, especially for those living in Eastern Europe (me!) and in countries where English is not the first language. Cheaper – not VERY CHEAP, mind you – but cheaper than the English books available in bookshops in Europe.
Here comes in the bit of field work I did to back up my statement. In the Vienna International Airport, out of all places.
They have an International Bookshop – or was it called the English Bookshop? – the point is that I’ve bought books there before, and as we had a bit of time on our hands, we browsed their few shelves of books in English.
While they didn’t have that much of a choice, they had some interesting titles.
But the prices!
A book on entrepreneurship that costs €41,50 in the bookshop. To buy it for Kindle, you’d have to pay $33,99 – still pricey, but the difference between about $53 and $34 is significant.
A personal favourite – Alexander McCall Smith’s latest The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection. I already have it on my Kindle, and probably paid around $10 for it. In the bookshop, it was €15,40 or about $20. I wonder why, because this must’ve been published in the UK, hence shouldn’t have been that pricey. Not that I know anything about the way this works, so don’t judge me too harshly, economically-minded readers.
Another book – that I picked for the great cover. Costs €33,40 or around $43. It is only $18,50 on Kindle – I don’t know about you, but this is mind blowing to me, this almost $25 difference.
See what I mean? The books for Kindle are NOT CHEAP, but they are CHEAPER. At least in this part of the world.
Now I have to use the DISCLAIMER again: Amazon is not paying me for this post. I just thought you should know.
Even though I am a huge bookshop fan and I dream of having one of my own one day – the facts are facts. For some reason, browsing the shelves of a bookshop and buying a book there is far more satisfying than the “Buy now with 1-Click” on Amazon. But when there’s so big a difference in price, I stop at the browsing, as heartbreaking as that is.
So what do you think? Am I the only one surprised by the difference in prices?
p.s. I enjoyed playing the investigating journalist, might do it again.