@lizbiz This is an international site and it looks like a someone from Italy has just joined and posted quite a few books. Because new members joining and older members adding books has slowed down, one new member putting up their inventory can take up quite a bit of the recent books page for a day or so. There used to be a way to filter the results by country, but I don't think there is anymore.
@Sylvia, if you click "write a comment" at the top of the comments on John's Blog, you will be able to scroll to your previous comment and click on the delete link (or edit and erase your email address).
True for Canada as well: domestic has always been more expensive. But that is evening out since they have increased the international rates: over $18 for 2 books to Israel surface mail. This translates to over $3 a point which makes books for me to mooch cost over $9. Only a deal for rare and hard to find. I send about three times a year now mostly when I am planning a trip over the border unless to special mooching friends.