Update: From reports of users to us, it seems that Amazon are slowly removing these fees on a country by country basis. As this appears to be a continuing effort, we’ve closed the petition for new signees as the problem is being addressed. We’ve kept the text below for posterity. We might not have been the absolute deciding factor that achieved this result, but we’ve all certainly made a difference!
As a few people are already aware, most countries outside the U.S.A. pay an extra $2 for each book purchased through the Kindle store. Many people are not aware however, as the fee is automatically added to the price of the book when browsing the Kindle store, and no notice is given that you are paying more than American customers.
This was originally added to offset the cost of using 3G networks to deliver books via Amazon’s Whispernet service. The problem is, even if you transfer your books via WiFi or USB you will still pay the $2 fee.
Various people have contacted Amazon about this, but some feel they are getting an unsatisfactory answer. To the credit of Amazon Support, they can only offer stock responses to certain questions. For real answers, you need to go higher.
That’s why we’ve started a petition asking Amazon.com CEO, Jeff Bezos, to explain and clarify the situation.
Let’s be clear; this petition is not about complaining of paying the fee for 3G Whispernet delivered books, nor about the range of titles available in a particular country to another. Both of those issues are out of Amazon’s control.
What we want to know is, why are we paying a fee for a service which we are not using?
You can [link removed] visit and sign the petition to ensure our voices are heard.
Hopefully together we can get an answer!