The Indian Kindle Store Isn't The Real Deal… Yet Amazon Publishing

Yesterday brought the exciting news that Amazon had launched the Indian Kindle Store. However, some questions are already being asked about why this offering is so different from the international Kindle Stores launched in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy. Clicking the link contained in press release – www.amazon.com/kindlestoreindia – will give you the first clue that something is different here. While logged in to your Amazon account, you will just see the standard US storefront, with no mention of the Indian Kindle Store. However, once logged out, you see what Indian customers are faced with. Essentially, it’s an Indian storefront within the US site. Further perusal shows marked differences from Amazon’s previous international efforts. Indian sales are not broken out in Read More…

The Indian Kindle Store Isn’t The Real Deal… Yet Amazon Publishing

Yesterday brought the exciting news that Amazon had launched the Indian Kindle Store. However, some questions are already being asked about why this offering is so different from the international Kindle Stores launched in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, and Italy. Clicking the link contained in press release – www.amazon.com/kindlestoreindia – will give you the first clue that something is different here. While logged in to your Amazon account, you will just see the standard US storefront, with no mention of the Indian Kindle Store. However, once logged out, you see what Indian customers are faced with. Essentially, it’s an Indian storefront within the US site. Further perusal shows marked differences from Amazon’s previous international efforts. Indian sales are not broken out in Read More…

A New Strategy for a New Year – Guest Post by Sarah Woodbury

To enroll or not to enroll, that is the question on a lot of writers’ minds. I have had several posts on KDP Select, because it’s a complex issue, without one “right” answer that will fit all self-publishers. If you are just catching up, I came out against the program before Christmas, but featured two authors recently that are doing well out of it: Marilyn Peake and Patrice Fitzgerald. To wrap up this mini-series, I have a guest post from bestselling author Sarah Woodbury, who hasn’t enrolled in KDP Select. Instead she’s exploiting the increased opportunities on other retailers. Here’s Sarah: *** When Amazon first announced its KDP Select program, my heart sank. I knew that going exclusively with Amazon would Read More…

Amazon Opens Kindle Stores In Spain & Italy, Abolishes Surcharge

Amazon opened Kindle Stores in Spain and Italy this morning, to add to the existing stores in the US, the UK, Germany, and France. The basic Kindle model is on sale in both countries for 99 Euro – the price difference with the US arising from 15% VAT (EU sales tax), and the lack of a subsidized, ad-supported model. In both stores, the Kindle is being marketed heavily as a Christmas gift item, with its launch taking over the home page of both Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy. As with the launch of the French Kindle Store last month, the new Kindle Touch and Kindle Fire models are not available for purchase at this time. Indeed, given the amount of content deals Read More…

Amazon Opens Kindle Stores In Spain & Italy, Abolishes Surcharge

Amazon opened Kindle Stores in Spain and Italy this morning, to add to the existing stores in the US, the UK, Germany, and France. The basic Kindle model is on sale in both countries for 99 Euro – the price difference with the US arising from 15% VAT (EU sales tax), and the lack of a subsidized, ad-supported model. In both stores, the Kindle is being marketed heavily as a Christmas gift item, with its launch taking over the home page of both Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy. As with the launch of the French Kindle Store last month, the new Kindle Touch and Kindle Fire models are not available for purchase at this time. Indeed, given the amount of content deals Read More…

Amazon Faces Serious International Competition, From Japan

A major deal was announced yesterday which should propel Kobo into the top tier. The Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten purchased Kobo – outright – in a straight cash deal for $315m. It sounds like Kobo will continue to be run as a standalone company – the CEO is staying in place and all the employees are keeping their jobs – only now they will have the financial backing of one of the Top 10 internet companies in the world. Make no mistake, this deal means that Kobo is now a serious player.

The European Market: What's Slowing Growth & What's Driving It?

With the opening of Amazon Spain last month, the French Kindle Store last week, and strong rumors of more to follow, I thought it was a good time for an overview of the European e-book market. While most of the events and companies (and writers) driving change are American, and while the US is far ahead in terms of e-reader adoption rates and e-book sales, the book business is a global trade (which some estimate at $90bn per year), of which America is but one, albeit significant, market. As the situation is less developed than in the US, there is less hard data and quality analysis, so forgive me if this is a little spotty. If anyone has better sources, Read More…

The European Market: What’s Slowing Growth & What’s Driving It?

With the opening of Amazon Spain last month, the French Kindle Store last week, and strong rumors of more to follow, I thought it was a good time for an overview of the European e-book market. While most of the events and companies (and writers) driving change are American, and while the US is far ahead in terms of e-reader adoption rates and e-book sales, the book business is a global trade (which some estimate at $90bn per year), of which America is but one, albeit significant, market. As the situation is less developed than in the US, there is less hard data and quality analysis, so forgive me if this is a little spotty. If anyone has better sources, Read More…

An International Challenge to Amazon? From Spain?

Those of us here in Europe have long been puzzled by Amazon’s go-slow international policy. I live in Stockholm, a wealthy city with a population that seems to be fond of their gadgets. Fancy laptops are everywhere, iPhones are ubiquitous, and iPads are becoming popular, despite high taxes and relative cost. I have friends in Amsterdam, Warsaw, Munich, Prague, and Dublin who say the same thing. Only in London have Kindles started to make an appearance. In Europe, the Kindle has only been officially launched in the UK and, just over a month ago, Germany. There, the Kindle is 50% more expensive than in the US. Plus, they haven’t bothered to translate the menus or instructions from English.