Ecuador has not imposed taxes on the importation of books. Despite this, foreign books that are sold in the country are about 33% more expensive than abroad.
Booksellers argue that the high cost of the books are one of the main reasons for the decline in sales suffered by this sector in the past two years.
They argue that the values are established by publishing houses and operational costs of transport, distribution, staff and rent must be added to these.
What is undeniable, however, is that in Ecuador books are sold at similar costs in countries where the importation of books is taxed, including Chile where, for example, the book ‘Listen to the song of the wind / Paintball 1973 ‘of Japanese author Haruki Murakami is sold at $ 24 sold in the country. In Spain this book is sold at $ 22.99; and in the US the cost is $ 15.99.