|Neighbouring possum happy to 'eat Australian' carrot from my hand (but had no opinion on ebooks)|
But now Amazon the mighty have opened their Amazon.com.au store, targeting the Australian dollars which in the book market have been mostly spent on Kobo and ebooks to read thereon from home-grown sites like Booktopia. However, Australians have been buying Kindles and books from Amazon.com, and now it’ll be easier and cheaper. Patriotism has a cost – Australian traditional book outlets have had much higher prices than UK or US equivalents, and Aussies are naturally keen to spend less as prices over here are pretty high for a lot of things. It will also help Australian authors including self-publishers who can now get the 70% royalty, and put right the situation where some Australian authors were available more easily in other countries than their own. But what of UK, US and other authors from outside Australia, how can we make our presence known here?
|Hyde Park, with War Memorial in foreground, from our terrace|
There is no obvious prejudice against the Brits or anyone else who has moved here, works here, lives here, but they do generally seem to prefer to buy from within Australian shores. But if Amazon's attractive pricing wins them over, perhaps we Authors Electric and fellow-writers can come up with some bright new ideas for reaching this new market, as well as India, Japan, Canada… at the moment it's too hot for my northern brain to think clearly though!
2014 is a busy year for me, I have two books due out this year, my crime novel THE OPERATOR in paperback in February (Kindle version is already out) and my new poetry collection in October. My fellow Electric Authors’ books are keeping me reading with admiration and pride to be one of them. So, cheers! from Down Under, here’s hoping it’ll be a good year for writers and readers world-wide!
|Sydney Harbour Bridge welcomes a new year|
Link to Guardian Australia ebook article here
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Crime novel THE OPERATOR on Kindle in UK and AU