Have a look at my former bookstore (where i worked until I came to the States), Readings for some examples of how expensive the books are there. Kate Grenville's award winning Secret River is listed there for $45 Australian dollars - about US$33. Powells.com offers the British edition (in paperback of course) for $26. Or you can pre-order the afforable American harcover at $24. Overall, you are getting a better product at a lesser price. $24 for an award-winning novel by a remarkable novelist is, to me, still a great, great thing.