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In 2019, George R. R. Martin has published 5 out of a planned 7 novels in the series A Song of Fire and Ice (commonly referred to as Game of Thrones based on the TV adaptation and the title of the first book).

Searching on Amazon.de for English language series of books, I observe that it is possible to purchase the first 5 books as a set of new paperbacks for less than 30 Euro.

However, when I search for German language translations, it seems that the most prevalent German translation is published by Penhaligon and that the price for a new book is 30 Euro per book and the price for the set is 150 Euro.

It's understandable that book translations would incur additional costs to cover the translator fees, however I'm wondering why there is an approximate 5 fold increase for the German editions especially considering that this book series is one of the most successful book series in the modern era.

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    While there still seems to be a difference, your specific examples are comparing a paperback against a particularly ornamental hardcover. – Cahir Mawr Dyffryn æp Ceallach May 19 at 23:22
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    The general situation of ASoIaF translations does seem to be a little odd indeed, though. Different editions seem to have different amounts of parts, where the earliest translations kept to the 5-part structure newer ones seems to have split them again into 10 parts. And now this one seem to be a completely new edition with entirely different titles, and also under the Game of Thromes trademark. It's a little confusing indeed and the German distribution likely tries to capitalize on the TV-show (or more aggressively than the original publisher), which could explain the pricing, too. – Cahir Mawr Dyffryn æp Ceallach May 19 at 23:31
  • @CahirMawrDyffrynæpCeallach: The ASoIaF books are just short enough to be publishable and profitable in single volumes in the U.S. They have been broken into multiple volumes in other countries, where the economics of the publishing industry is different. – Peter Shor May 20 at 15:35

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