Kindle books

We are very pleased to announce that all ebooks which are available on our website are now also available on Amazon.com as Kindle books. We expect them to appear on other, country specific Amazon sites very soon.

It has been a longer and bumpier road than we anticipated, getting all this to work. The problems we encountered were not with Amazon, but with the intervening “supply chain” services, where delays and confusion seemed to be the norm. The last pieces of the puzzle fell into place yesterday.

Do note that Amazon Canada does not yet list Kindle books, but redirects Canadians to the parent site in the US. We do not know when, or if, Amazon will add Kindle books to their Canadian store. I think it is possible that they will use the Canadian store to manage sales of physical items only, but that is a guess.

Now that the Kindle format books are available from Amazon, your Self-Counsel ebooks are available from Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony, and nearly 200 other ebook vendors around the world.

International sales

In recent weeks we have seen initial sales in a number of European countries, Australia and New Zealand, the Netherlands Antilles (!) and some Asian countries such as India and Singapore. The numbers are still small, as it typically takes 90 days for the vendors to issue detailed reports, but we are optimistic that international sales will grow quite quickly.

The costs involved in shipping printed books overseas has always been a problem, often nearly doubling the retail cost to the consumer overseas. I experienced this personally in the years I lived and worked in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, so I am excited at the potential the Internet affords for ebooks to sell anywhere, be delivered almost instantly, and be priced the same.

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