Kindle expansion in Europe continues with the latest additions of Amazon Italy and Amazon Spain. My KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) report now shows sales for the new comers with designations of amazon.it and .es to go along with .com, .uk, .fr and .de (Germany). It’s also in Japan with .co.jp as the suffix. Coming soon to a nation near you.
How to check if my Kindle ebooks are already available in these countries? Simply find your book’s URL, like this one for example – http://www.amazon.com/Make-Market-Sell-Ebooks-ebook/dp/B003CJU49I/ and change the dot com to the appropriate country suffix, like Italy’s and the link becomes http://www.amazon.it/Make-Market-Sell-Ebooks-ebook/dp/B003CJU49I/. That works for all countries where Amazon exists. Keeps it easy.
As an American Indie author, what do I need to do to make my books appear on Amazon at all these other nations? Absolutely nothing. That’s the best part. The retailer automatically takes care of this so if your book is not showing up, contact customer support at KDP Publishing right away.
If you live in another country and write in English, then your books should be made available everywhere Amazon exists. If you write in a language other than English, then probably not.
Last I checked, Italians speak Italian and Spaniards speak Spanish; why would they want to read my English language Kindle book? Many won’t of course, but some will as English is the most common second language on Earth with over 600 million non-native speakers, some of whom also read English.
What’s the chance of sales in other countries if my book is written in English? Well, sales likely won’t be great. My sales in France and Germany have been rather dismal, but they have occurred. Even my sales in the UK are pathetic compared to those for the US so it might be a matter of time to “break in” to another country.
This is why I love Amazon so much. This company has done more for Indie authors than any other retailer. They give 70% royalties to the author (provided your ebook is priced $2.99 to $9.99), they take care of all transactions and make direct deposits to bank accounts, and they continually expand and offer our books to readers all over the world.
Now I’ll just keep my fingers crossed for that first sale in Italy or Spain.