Books, music, etc. are priced differently for different countries. This has been the norm for a very long time. Text books which are very expensive in the US or UK are available in India at eye catching prices.
So can you buy in India and sell in the US?
technically the answer is yes. Amazon could ask one of its associate companies to buy 5000 copies and keep in their Bangalore godown. When a student from London asks for that book, it could be shipped from Bangalore.
Is this legal? well, the publisher (say Wiley) will be able to do NOTHING about this. Simply because :
a) Wiley will not know about it
b) Amazon can argue that it did not violate any American law, as the transaction happened outside of the US
The sad part is the price will be paid for by the poor students of Asia, Africa, etc. who got access to good quality books at a fraction of the American price.
However, it means a fantastic opportunity arises for the piracy industry….they could come out with pirated editions. The schools, colleges, and students will be JUSTIFIED in buying that, will they not?
‘What to do, we cannot get the original AT ALL in India, and American prices are too high…” will be a valid excuse!
I have got offers to publish investment books which will LOOK LIKE MINE -but has to be a cut n paste of 3-4 foreign books….I did not like the concept, but I guess that will be another opportunity too!!
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