Good news or a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down?
KDP have just announced “royalty” rates for Ireland and Gibraltar have gone UP to 70%.
The Zon-centric blogs will be loving this, Proof that Jeff dreams about us in his sleep and didn’t want us thinking he might be planning on cutting KDP royalty rates.
But what does this really mean?
The good news first.
As we explained back in January in a post on the Irish ebook retailer Eason, Ireland as in the Irish Republic is part of a bigger island called Ireland which also includes Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK and also part of the British Isles, but not part of Great Britain and definitely not part of England.
Those in Northern Ireland, as part of the UK, qualify as Amazon UK so sales get the 70% royalty anyway. Those in the Irish Republic have the choice of shopping on Zon Com or Zon UK and for these the upped royalty may have an impact.
Amazon has never felt it necessary to give Ireland its own store, even though the Irish use neither the US dollar nor the British pound.
But for readers who aren’t authors and don’t have some emotive attachment to the Kindle store there are alternatives. Google Play, Apple and Txtr all manage to have dedicated Ireland ebook store in local currency. Kobo is there in partnership with Ireland’s biggest bookstore Eason, which crosses the border, and the main UK ebook sites supply the Emerald Isle too.
Ireland’s total population is less than 5 million, and while unquestionably a very literate and well-read society this is not going to make a lot of difference to author incomes.
The bad news?
The Zon-centric blogs will be gleefully explaining how this is a game-changer, but Gibraltar isn’t actually a country. It’s known locally as “The Rock.” And there’s a reason for that. Because, well, it’s a rock.
This is a classic example of Amazon playing authors for fools. “Hey guys, we’re going to pay you 70% every time you get a sale in Gibraltar. Aren’t we the greatest?”
But take a closer look. Gibraltar has an area of 2.3 square miles. No, that’s not a typo.
It has a population of less than 30,000. No, that’s not a typo either.
Gibraltar has a population equal to a shopping mall on a quiet weekday afternoon, and if you include the parking facilities it’s about the same size.
And Amazon is claiming it’s a new boost for authors.
Expect Amazon to shortly announce similar great deals for authors who sell books in Monaco (population 38,000), Lichtenstein (36,000), San Marino (31,000) and the Vatican City (population 800 – possibly less by now, as celibate geriatrics tend not to produce population explosions).
As and when Amazon start producing best-seller charts for the Most Serene Republic of San Marino (yes, that’s its official name!) and the Vatican we shall be impressed.
Until then it’s a big yawn from this corner.
But 7 out of 10 for trying, Jeff. Any by the way, that’s 70%. 🙂