Ooops. How wrong I was. Sure, if you want to order my books from Amazon in France, Germany, US or even Japan, you can. With free delivery even! No problem and all and at roughly the same price in the various currencies as the US store. But amazon.co.uk? No. But why?
Well of course I immediately sent a message to Amazon asking why. After all, I PAY for international distribution and have been very pleased that my books are available for order in almost every country in the world. Except for the UK it seems. Where people just happen read in English, which is the language my books are written in of course. Duh.
The reply? Cop this gobbledygook.
‘Thank you for contacting us regarding your title’s availability on international Amazon.com sites.
You may make your title available for purchase through our distribution channels of Amazon.com, your CreateSpace eStore, and/or the Expanded Distribution Channel for Pro Plan-enrolled titles. Unfortunately, we are unable to list the availability of your title through international Amazon.com websites.
If you are interested in providing inventory to make your title available for purchase through international Amazon.com websites, you may wish to inquire about the international website’s Advantage and Marketplace programs. More information about these options can be found through the website’s help section.
I hope this information is helpful. As always, if you require further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at the link below:’
Did you get that little bit: ‘Unfortunately, we are unable to list the availability of your title through international Amazon.com websites.’
Excuse my French, but for f*$k sake Amazon. Are you telling me you are able to make my books available to every f*$king bookstore and library in the entire world but you can’t distribute through your own f*$king Amazon site in the UK? Well, it seems you are quite capable of doing it in Japan, Germany and France but the UK? One word comes to mind. Pathetic.
So, for those of you in the UK who may just happen to want one of my books. Sorry. Kindle version only, complete with the ‘rip off’ Kindle international delivery charge. Another rant about that in a later instalment.
Oh. While I’m having a rant, do you know Amazon can make anyone of my books free at anytime without advising me? And just by the way, reducing my royalty to zero. Well, they just did that to me in the last few days with one of my books. Yes, another story.
Sorry. Very, very, very pee’d off here.