[LMB] UK market e-question
Lois McMaster Bujold
lbujold at myinfmail.com
Sat Nov 5 16:20:53 GMT 2011
[LMB] UK market e-question
John Hallam bujold at j.hallam.dk
Sat Nov 5 07:31:43 GMT 2011
LMB (top posting): Just to clarify; it is my current understanding that
only THE SPIRIT RING and the five novellas are available in the US
Kindle store and the US iTunes/iPad store, plus B&N's Nook. (As direct
placements, that is. HarperCollins has its e-books up, too.)
The whole of the Vorkosigan series is now available in the UK Kindle
store (not that anyone in the UK has heard of me or my books) and also
in the UK iTunes store. (No Nook in the UK.) The Euro/DE stores
should have everything the UK stores have.
I'm trying to figure out how much territory the UK stores cover.
Here is all my stuff at the iPad store:
This page includes the audiobooks downloads, which are licensed through
Blackstone and are not direct placements (but which have been selling
briskly, in general). This list doesn't divide by sales territory till
one asks and is rebuffed, alas.
According to my most recent e-books royalty report, Amazon.de (Germany)
has sold a handful (literally), so the stuff is apparently now available
there. I'm just trying to puzzle out what territories all these
assorted legal markets comprise.
Between June and October, Nook to iPad sales went from a ratio of 3:1 to
a ratio of 2:3, so iPad is growing. Amazon is 6x either one, so far.
All have been growing slowly but steadily, tho' Amazon shows signs of
leveling out. Sorta like a cockroach race, in very slow motion...
(Fictionwise continues to plod along steadily.)
Martin recently wrote:
> Michael, for you in the UK, I assume you can buy her UK editions from
> amazon.co.uk. Can you buy the same UK or USA editions from Amazon.com ?
> If there are indeed two different (USA and UK) editions,
> How do I tell them apart ?
> Might there be just one edition in two different stores ?
> On Amazon.co.uk
> Borders of Infinity (3-novella collection - Vorkosigan Saga) by Lois
> File Size: 461 KB
> Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
> Language English
> ASIN: B0062CKP2S
On .co.uk I can also see:
Borders of Infinity
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 225 KB
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
with five customer reviews, four saying it is the 3 novella plus
wrapper, one saying it's just the BoI story (which the reviewer liked
very much but felt a bit cheated by, since the other two novellas were
missing). Without a Kindle I can't tell who's right but given the
shorter file length, I think the critical review is perhaps the
> I didn't actually complete a purchase.
Nor did I. I was not allowed to try from Denmark on .co.uk, even
using my .co.uk account.
> What about the German or Japanese or Canadian Amazon stores?
On amazon.de, the search "bujold ebook" turns up 3 kindle books --
Cryoburn, TSK(4) and Paladin -- costing rather more than the UK price.
On trying to buy, I get the message:
Ihr Kindle-Konto ist auf Amazon.com angemeldet. Kindle-Titel, die für
Ihr Land verfügbar sind, erhalten Sie auf Amazon.com.
i.e. "No, go to .com".
Cryoburn has five reviews on .de, ranging between 3 and 5 stars. I
have no idea what they say. It has 16 on .co.uk. also between 3 and 5
Cryoburn has ASIN: B00514K032 on amazon.de and on amazon.co.uk.
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