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Topic Title: e-Book Pricing
Topic Summary: Comparison of Hardback and e-Book Prices in the IET
Created On: 24 January 2017 08:31 am
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 24 January 2017 08:31 am
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Just looking through the book section to see if there was anything I wanted to buy I thought it would be interesting to see the cost difference of a book in hardback and e-Book. For reasons I don't understand the e-Books are more expensive than the same book in hardback form.
It appears the e-Books which are quoted in US Dollars not Pounds Sterling (don't understand that either) use an exchange rate of $1.4 to the pound whilst the current exchange rate is less than this making them more expensive.
Surely, an e-Book should be cheaper then the hardback version but apparently it is more expensive. This has to lower sales of the e-Book version of books.
What are other members opinion of this? Shouldn't the e-Books be quoted in Sterling, we are a UK organisation after all.
Finally, why is the spell check here in American English?
 26 January 2017 09:24 pm
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If the costs you are looking at are inclusive of value added tax (VAT) it is a strange quirk of the UK VAT system that printed books are zero-rated for VAT but the same book in electronic format is subject to VAT at 20%.

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