Amazon has recently started selling Kindle ebooks directly from the Canadian Amazon website, Amazon.ca.
I’ve been waiting for Amazon to make an official announcement on the subject, but it looks like they aren’t going to. I guess they are going for the silent marketing approach on this one.
Up until recently all Kindle ebook purchases had to be routed through the US Amazon website for Canadian Kindle owners. Now Canadian Kindle owners can buy them direct from Amazon.ca and pay for them in Canadian dollars.
The weird thing is that Kindle devices are still being sold via Amazon.com instead Amazon Canada, and none of the newer models are available yet aside from the latest basic Kindle.
Maybe that’s why Amazon hasn’t announced the Canadian Kindle store yet: perhaps they are waiting to make the launch official until everything is ready.
The bigger story here is price. According to early reports at MobileRead, Canadian prices are often higher than US prices for the same ebook, even though the US and Canadian dollar are about the same.
Taking a look at the price difference of a few random titles, I’m sure glad I don’t have to pay Canadian prices. The Hobbit is $6.41 at Amazon.com and $11.99 on Amazon.ca. And a lot of the titles on the top 100 seem to be $1-$3 more. It’s not all bad, though. The Hunger Games Trilogy is 22 cents cheaper in Canada.
It’s good to see Amazon finally expanding the Kindle store into Canada, but it’s going to cause a lot of confusion and frustration if this is how pricing is going to work.