On Fri, May 30, 2008 at 2:10 AM, Darryl L. Pierce <mcpierce / gmail.com> wrote:
> Michael Schuerig wrote:
>
>> That may be true for academic textbooks where several publishers
>> have "international" (read: non-US) editions. For technical books in
>> general this doesn't appear to be true. I live in Germany and often
>> find that it is cheaper to order books from amazon.com than from
>> amazon.de, even taking customs duty into account.
>
> When I was in India last year I picked up a copy of _Design Patterns_ that
> was 640rp (about 16USD). The same book (not the same quality of paper) is
> 99USD. The bookstores there were loaded with new, legal printings of
> technical books, in English, but are marked as "LPE" (Low Price Edition).
> The book says:
>
> "This edition is manufactured in India and is authorized for sale only in
> India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lank and the Maldives."

I really appreciate this, and other ways of getting the same books cheaper.
I buy a lot of books and I think it is relatively expensive in Africa
(but I suppose
mostly due to transport costs).

Cheaper (non-DRM) PDF versions and 2nd-hand books (abebooks.com) are
a real treat for me.

Les