It is an outrage having to pay $2 more for an eBook if you live outside the U.S. It doesn't cost Amazon a penny more to deliver an eBook across the street, or to the other side of the world. It's a fake charge just serving to make profit. What's even worse is the amount. It's not a percentage but a fixed amount, which seriously decreases the sales potential of books outside the U.S. It makes no sense at all, because while they may get more money per sale, in the end less books are being sold. I'm certain Amazon's profits will rise if they kill the surcharge. It's bad business.
As for the free eBooks, or any books not being available in certain territories; if a publisher decides not to make the eBook available in certain territories it is their decision. This can be related to hurting physical book sales in certain territories, but mostly it's just bad marketing. If you want to sell your book on a global site like Amazon, you have to be out of your mind to limit your potential audience.
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