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Canadian Readers Are Disgruntled Over Price Disparity

Boston Globe had an interesting piece a few weeks ago on issue of Canadian readers unhappy over the high cost of books now that the Canadian dollar has equal (and on some days higher) buying popwer the the declining US dollar. images1.jpgUS publishers have commonly marked the retail price of a book 40-50% higher for the Canadian purchasers. Part of this was due to the formerly high value of the US dollar against the Canadian dollar, but part was also due to the higher distribution costs. The Canadian bookstores can’t discount because if they do, they’ll take a loss on it.

The beauty of ebooks, of course, is that now that the dollars are close to equal, Canadian readers don’t have to pay a premium for books.


Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Chantal
    Oct 29, 2007 @ 12:34:41

    I have been bitching about this for years. I really hate seeing the US price right there with the Canadian price on the books that I buy. We Canadians pay between $3-$7 more for books than the Americans do.
    It’s really bad with trade size books. I have paid anywhere from $16.50 to $18.95 for those.

  2. Leah
    Oct 29, 2007 @ 14:09:59

    I’ve read that some publishers are now only going to put one price on their books. It will still be the “Canadian” price, but now readers won’t be able to see what their U.S. counterparts are paying for it.

  3. Chantal
    Oct 29, 2007 @ 14:33:13

    I’m okay with that. As long as I don’t have to see how much cheaper they across the border, then I am fine to pay whatever they charge. I’m used to the heftier prices on books. I just hate knowing it.

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