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Book prices in Germany
I posted this previously in my guest post at Leeswammes Blog in her Book bloggers abroad series. But since it fits the topic I thought it’s a good start.
In Germany as far as the price of books is concerned it doesn’t matter where you buy your books. They are generally not that expensive (ca. 8-12 EUR for a paperback) and over here we have something called book price control (I suppose this is the same as or similar to agency pricing). The price of a book has to be fixed by the publishing house and the book dealers are obliged to sell the books at that price. So whether you buy a bestseller, a non-fiction book or a classic at a book shop, a department store or a supermarket, it always costs the same. The only exceptions to this law are faulty books which have to be labelled as such, used books that have been sold once already at the fixed price or books that have been on the market longer than 18 months and for which the publisher has lifted that fixed price. You won’t find a book published in Germany cheaper online than in your local bookstore. For imported books, which is the majority of what I buy, this control is not applicable, so those books are rather inexpensive. Often I get an imported English book cheaper than the German version.
OK, this was just some general information about the book prices in Germany. Check back soon for another German(y) for bookish travellers post