Kindle books cheaper in UK than US; more text to speech as well
August 10, 2010 | 4:36 pm
This isn’t scientific, but it certainly communicates the basic truth of the matter as of August 5.
As of 4:30 pm Eastern time today, August 5, a US Kindle customer could have purchased the top 25 bestselling books in the US Kindle Store sales rankings for a grand total of $252.10.
Over in the UK, at exactly the same time, a UK Kindle customer could have purchased the top 25 bestselling books in the UK Kindle Store sales rankings for a grand total of £99.13, which is the equivalent of $157.58 in US dollars.
The books that make up the two lists, of course, are not exactly the same, although there is a fair amount of overlap. In general terms, the average of $10.08 for US Kindle Store bestsellers and $6.30 as the dollar equivalent of the average for UK Kindle Store bestsellers summarizes the overall pricing scheme quite well.
The difference between $252.10 and $157.58 is $94.52, and it means that US Kindle customers pay 59.98 per cent more for our Kindle bestsellers.
But we’ve got the agency model, and the Brits don’t! So there….
Oh, one more thing.
21 of the top 25 UK bestsellers have text-to-speech enabled, compared with 10 of the top 25 in the US.