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by on January 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm in Books, Science | Permalink

Kindle eBook, for $6,431.20 — Selected Nuclear Materials and Engineering Systems.

Don't forget, we get a commission if you buy one.

For the pointer I thank Jason Lewis.

1 john January 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Not mentioning that the price is marked down from $8,000 is a bit unfair to bargain hunters.

2 Yancey Ward January 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm

NSA trap.

3 Seamus January 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm

The price is $7,556.66 when I click through.


The marginal cost of the research has little to do with the marginal cost of the book.

4 Benquo January 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm

And it costs $1,250.06 more than the hardcover edition! I usually think Kindle editions are inadequately discounted compared to the actual cost of printing, but this in one heckuva physical book if printing costs that much. On the other hand, maybe you pay a premium to avoid your book being 1984'ed.

5 David January 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm

$5421 to me, and I'm in the UK.

6 moron January 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm

If these prices are genuine, it might relate to piracy problems. Buy one and distribute/pirate/copy/sell it?

7 Jayson Virissimo January 2, 2011 at 4:08 pm

"$5421 to me, and I'm in the UK."

David, one word…"arbitrage".

8 Anon January 2, 2011 at 4:33 pm

@ anonymous

Interesting that the book is by the former CTO of Microsoft . Interesting that cooking interests so many men of intellect.

9 Glen January 2, 2011 at 7:46 pm

The price discrepency is probably variable pricing, used by Amazon for years. They will change the price you see for a host of reasons, your buying history, patterns, how long an item has been in your cart/wishlist, what web browser you use.

Here's an article from 2000, the practice is that old.
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10 J. January 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Hi everyone,

I did a bit of research and found a thread dedicated to different pricing based on location:

Apparently, varying prices are no exception. Before I get my Kindle, I will spend some time comparing prices in various countries. This will help me decide where I should register it – if I have a choice, that is.

11 Georgi January 2, 2011 at 11:38 pm

in Europe – $7,398.18 includes VAT

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