Waterstones have launched the Sony Reader in the UK!
Quick look at the pricing using two random books:
John Scalzi’s “The Ghost Brigades” (SF) is priced at £4.76 for the ebook version and £6.99 for paper. However, Amazon has it for £4.28 (paper).
Laura Lee Guhrke’s “The Wicked Ways of a Duke” (historical romance) is £4.79 at both Waterstones (ebook) and Amazon (paper). Waterstones is selling the paper version for £5.99.
Doing a price comparison against US sites – hmm… Fictionwise doesn’t have “The Ghost Brigades”, so obviously not a good example 😀
TWWoaD is being sold at Fictionwise for $6.29 if you’re not a Buywise Club member – roughly £3.55 (*sigh* it would have been around £3.20 several months ago – sign of the ever-weakening pound). Or $5.35 (~£3) if you’re a Buywise member (Fictionwise prices also include rebates).
So based on my very unscientific survey and sample of one, my conclusions are:
- UK ebooks are cheaper than their paper counterparts instore (good)
- UK ebooks are about the same price as paper books from Amazon (bad, but I would argue that instant gratification makes the difference)
- UK ebooks are more expensive than US ebooks (bad, but not wholly unexpected)