Monday, May 29, 2006

Ripping Off Consumers: dinosaur publishers and bookstores

the Toronto Star has an editorial discussing the problem of publishers and bookstores ignoring the rising Canadian dollar and maintaining the exchange rates for converting prices between American and Canadian. Which of course leads to Canadian consumers paying a premium for reading. The publishers wine that they print books more than a year in advance so they can't adjust prices. Well if they're using print on demand technology as most of them are it's a simple enough change to make. Possibly needing a generation of a new barcode. Easy enough. There would also have to be a change in the books in print catalog which is industry-standard but would only take 45 days to take effect. Just goes to show what a joke the archaic industry is.

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