It annoyed me that books remained more expensive in Canada even as our currency moved closer to parity with the American dollar. As I write this, the Canadian dollar is worth roughly $1.07 US. But looking at Amazon.com vs. Amazon.ca, I see that many popular science books are still more expensive in Canada than in the US.
Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt Ridley
Amazon.com: $10.17 US
Amazon.ca: $13.83 CDN
A Life Decoded: My Genome: My Life by J. Craig Venter
Amazon.com: $17.13 US
Amazon.ca: $19.53 CDN
The Genome War: How Craig Venter Tried to Capture the Code of Life and Save the World by James Shreeve
Amazon.com: $11.16 US
Amazon.ca: $13.86 CDN
Maybe it’s shipping costs, you say? Then how come more technical books are the other way around? I’ll tell you why — because they raised the price for US customers.
A Primer of Genome Science, 2nd Edition by Greg Gibson
Amazon.com: $64.95 US
Amazon.ca: $61.23 CDN
The Evolution of the Genome by T. Ryan Gregory
Amazon.ca: $68.78 CDN
What’s the excuse?