Monday, May 17, 2010

Trade Barriers: How Do They Affect You? [You're The Expert]

We know that a lot of our readers are based outside of the U.S.  Actually, when I look at the stats, it looks like at least 30% of you are.  I came across an article today at THE GLOBE AND MAIL in the Editorial section that pleaded the case for Canada to lift its rule forbidding booksellers from importing US-published books.   We're wondering how those types of trade barriers affect you?  And not just those of you in Canada, but those of you in other countries that have trade barriers.  How does it affect the timeline in which you can acquire a book?  How does it affect your selection?  Tell us all about it.  We wanna know.

5 comments:

obsidiantears83 said...

I don't know about trade barriers, but we do have issues with timeline and pricing in Australia. On a possitive, we can get both UK and US editions and can choose the one with the best covers. But I don't really think that negates how much more it costs us. And if we are buying online it can get expensive with postage - some sites wavier those fees, but others like Amazon dont. I am sick of never knowing how long after a book is released in the UK or US it will be released over here. Especially because I follow so many blogs and know they will have blogged about it well before I could buy it myself. Time frames vary though. It depends on the publisher and the fame of the book/author.

Bella said...

I have to agree with the commenter before me, I live in South Africa and do have to order most of my books online, but it's awesome to be able to choose between the UK and US covers .. and the site I order from has GREAT prices ... seriously ... the books are generally almost half the price than I'd pay for the exact same ones in the local bookstores ... and shipping is practically nothing ... it would work out to about 4 dollars ... and it's fixed ... so you can buy as many novels as you want, and it will only cost 4 dollars delivery ... so I'm pretty happy :) Only problem - sometimes delivery takes a while, especially if there's ash clouds etc :o

Charleydog said...

If I really want a book before it is available in Canada, I simply order from a USA store. Of course, the shipping charge must be factored into the price but I most often have to pay shipping charges anyway since I live in a rural area - dairy country - and must order most of my books.

NotNessie said...

I live in Canada, and I didn't actually realize we had that law until I started reviewing books and learned that I always need to deal with the Canadian branch of a publishing house. The only difference I notice is that online booksellers are sometimes a little slower shipping out a pre-ordered book than their US counterparts. The book in question is often on the shelf at my local bookstore several days before my pre-ordered copy arrives.

Laina said...

I didn't know we had one, I buy books from Walmart all the time that are US published... but I've only been in two bookstores in my life.