Kindle ebook prices for users living outside US are usually higher. If you want to learn how much you’ll overpay, you can use this simple URL trick described below.
Why users from outside US have to pay more? One factor is international fee Amazon still adds to the book’s price if it’s ordered from abroad. For example, $0.99 book costs $3.68 in Poland (where I live) – until the number of downloads reaches a certain level – then it comes down to $0.99.
The other factor is that a publisher (or an author who is using Amazon self-publishing platform KDP) can set up different prices for different continents or countries. Latest example: Dan Brown’s new book, Inferno. When accessed from Poland, the book costs over $22 and the price is floating from hour to hour. The version for US customers is not reachable for people living abroad.
The old method, using a widget to choose a country or region (screenshot on the right), doesn’t work any longer. Even if you log out from your account and select US as a region, you’ll get the price set up for your country. It seems like Amazon started to ignore the old way (but the widget is still there – what for?) and set up Kindle ebook prices based on user’s IP address.
Luckily, there is still a way to check out the price of the book in other countries. The top choice is of course US – it’s a reference point for how much the book should cost for the most important market.
The method is relatively simple and all you have to do it to add some text to URL address of a book.
How to check Kindle ebook price for US customer
1. To use the trick you’ll have to log out from your Amazon account. Then find the book you are interested in and open a page with book details.
2. At the end of URL address add &cor=US. Most probably this abbreviation stands for “country or region”. “US” is ISO 3166 double-letter country code for United States.
For example, in the address bar for Simon and Schuster’s edition of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, you’ll have this (scroll right to reveal):
You can also replace everything in the address after book’s ASIN number. Then, instead of “&” use “?”:
Obviously, you can check out Kindle ebook price in different countries. Simply replace “US” with a code of a chosen country. You’ll find ISO 3166 country codes here. Most popular are listed at the end of this post.
Compared to US, the book costs in Poland $7.99 (country code PL), but in Brazil (BR) it’s only $0.99. In India the book’s price is being displayed in Indian Rupees.
When it comes to books from big publishers, like the above mentioned Inferno, this method won’t work. If you want to access US-only version from your IP address located outside US, even if you use the URL trick, you’ll get the message “Pricing information not available”. Beneath it you’ll find a link to Kindle edition that is intended to be purchased by the rest of the world (see screenshot below).
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Country codes (ISO 3166):
AR – Argentina
AU – Australia
AT – Austria
BE – Belgium
BR – Brazil
CA – Canada
DK – Denmark
FI – Finland
FR – France
DE – Germany
HK – Hong Kong
IN – India
IT – Italy
JP – Japan
KR – Korea
MX – Mexico
NL – Netherlands
NZ – New Zealand
PH – Philippines
PT – Portugal
RU – Russian Federation
SG – Singapore
ES – Spain
SE – Sweden
TW – Taiwan
TH – Thailand
GB – United Kingdom
US – United States