In the past I’ve mentioned how international the book business makes my homebody-to-the-point-of-reclusiveness self feel. From when I started in early 2010, my ebooks sold all over the world, but sometime ago, Amazon opened particular stores for United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Italy. Non-U.S. readers who for one reason or another couldn’t get the ebooks from Amazon could always get them from Smashwords or the outlets they distribute too (which also made formats other than Kindle’s available).
Talk about international, my books have been reviewed by The Maldivian Book Reviewer! When she first posted a review of Eyes, I had to use Google to see if the Maldives are where I thought (confession: no, they aren’t).
However, non-U.S. readers who wanted paper books didn’t fare so well. I’ve had a lot of email in the last two years from people in other countries who wanted paperbacks but couldn’t get them. I’d always offer to send them one myself, but even though many people took me up on that offer, I never got over feeling rotten about the cost. Trade paperbacks are expensive enough; the cost of international postage exceeds the cost of the book.
Some relief is finally available for some international paperback readers. Amazon has announced that Create Space paperbacks will be available to customers in the same five countries that have their own Amazon ebook outlets: UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. The boon to the purchaser is that they will not pay international shipping rates. Also free shipping through programs like Amazon Prime will be available to these customers. It’s not everywhere, but it’s a start.
News: Kirsten Arnold is featuring all three of my books on her Wild West blog today. Her reviews are very complimentary and will keep me smiling all day. There’s a little add on at the end where I talk about what inspired me to write the books.