I nearly bought Hot Air, the new book on Canadian climate-change policy co-written by the Globe‘s Jeffrey Simpson and environmental economists Mark Jaccard and Nic Rivers. Had it in my hand in Chapters. Signed copy and everything. Then I saw that the Canadian price was $29.99 and the U.S. price was a mere $19.99.
I haven’t been too worked up about Canadian retailers’ sloth in noticing that the Canadian dollar is worth more than the American, but come on. This is a book about Canada, by Canadians, published by a Canadian publishing house. Why on Earth should it cost 50 per cent more (actually even more than that, given the exchange rate) to buy it in Canada than in the States?
Except that it’s almost inconceivable any Americans would want to buy it, so the price had better be absurdly low there if they’re going to sell any copies at all.
McClelland and Stewart, which printed the price on the jacket, and Chapters, which didn’t cover it up with a new price sticker of their own, have a right to charge whatever they want. I have a right to put the thing back on the shelf. I did.