From Lisa Ogg at the Queensland Writers' Centre:
Australian Society of Authors has spoken out about the international version of the Amazon Kindle. Basically, the deal is that Australian Kindle users will have to pay at least 20 per cent more than Americans for books on the Amazon e-book readers. Not cool, huh?
The average e-book would cost $US13.99 for Australians, 40 per cent more than the American price of $US9.99.
"As I understand at this point in time, Amazon asks for a very, very big discount from publishers for their works to be included in Kindle so that the return coming back to the publisher is smaller and the return coming back to the author is smaller ... The person making the most money is Amazon," said Jeremy Fisher of the Australian Society of Authors.