[DWJ] OT: book pricing

Emma Comerford emmaco at tpg.com.au
Thu Jun 22 22:22:54 EDT 2006

Ah ha, thank-you! I had guessed the problems that Aussie publishers were 
likely to face with our smaller market but I didn't know point 2 about the 
hardcover profit thing in the US.

I've now found a friend in the US who is going to post me books, which 
makes it even cheaper to get the ones I want - they would be same quality 
either way as they're imported. I'm happy to keep buying my normal 
paperbacks here but those $33 paperbacks are just too expensive.


At 11:51 AM 23/06/2006, LWilkinson at slv.vic.gov.au wrote:

>The book pricing thing has several reasons.
>1. is what Sally said, the unit costs are much, much higher here.
>2. books in the US tend to be published in hardcover first (where they make
>all the money) and then a mass-market paperback. in australia, it's very
>rare for a book to be published in hardcover. if it's very special, it will
>go to a trade paperback before an ordinary paperback, but more often than
>not, it just goes straight to paperback (like The Da Vinci Code: that came
>straight out in paperback here when it was published
>3. US mass-market paperbacks are usually pretty horrendous quality. we get
>a few imports, and the difference in quality is astounding. the US PBs are
>often on cheap, thin paper with small print and crappy binding that falls
>apart after one read.
>4. big chains like KMart and BigW are forcing publishers to lower their
>discount rate, which means they have to hike prices.
>5. people are importing their books from OS, so it's harder for the
>publishers to make a profit at lower prices.
>For anyone that's interested in that sort of thing, there is a really,
>really interesting discussion of P&L calculations (profit and loss) on US
>books here:
>Part One
>Part Two
>Lili Wilkinson
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>State Library of Victoria
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