[LMB] books for sale on Amazon

Robert Woodward Robert_A_Woodward at comcast.net
Sat Jun 19 17:13:16 BST 2021

> On Jun 19, 2021, at 12:40 AM, Matija Grabnar via Lois-Bujold <lois-bujold at lists.herald.co.uk> wrote:
> On 19/06/2021 06:50, Gwynne Powell wrote:
>> Gwynne: The most frustrating thing is that there's no reason for all the
>> barriers.
> Sure there is: money.
>>  It's an online company, it's international; why can't it function
>> properly?
> Because the contract clauses the publishers insisted on specify where each book can be sold, and in some cases, that they can't be sold for less than the price the publisher set. Sell for a high price in countries where people will pay high prices, and sell for low prices in countries where people can't afford high prices, in order to extract at least something from them. And make very very sure to make it hard for goods sold in low-price countries to be re-exported to the high-price countries.

The publishers generally only have the rights to sell a book in certain countries. Thus, any discount on Amazon US will probably not apply anywhere else (perhaps Amazon Canada would have it as well, but I wouldn’t expect it as a general case).

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