I woke up this morning to a bit of a surprise. I had an email from Amazon.com telling me that they had started selling my ebooks in India. Hmm, I thought, that’s interesting. I know that there are a lot of people there and they tend to have an interest in American-ish things. I guess that could be good? And yes, I said it with a question mark at the end.
HERE is an interesting article at The Digital Reader – THE place to visit online if you want to read about ebooks, ereaders and tablets. They point out a few flaws with the plan. For example, the books are only available in English – which is OK, for at least part of the population. The official language in India is Hindi.
Also, I am just not certain how much of the population in India has the necessary income to buy Kindles and ebooks. I mean, I know plenty of people who feel that even the $79 Kindle is still too high.
So, is this good or bad? Well, it’s too early to tell. As an author, I love reaching more parts of the world. Right now, I am a bit confused that the sales in India are lumped in with my U.S. sales in the KDP reporting tools (other countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain have different reports you run). So, that seems like it will skew my U.S. sales numbers.
It seems like they have a few kinks to work out, but I appreciate the efforts. Bring more ebooks to more of the world, I guess.