With little fanfare, Amazon quietly added a new country and a new territory to the 70% royalties list yesterday. Authors who sign up to sell ebooks through KDP now have the option of receiving 70% (ish) of ebook sales in Gibraltar and the Republic of Ireland.
Ireland and Gibraltar are the 27th and 28th entry on the list, which includes 27 countries and related possessions:
- Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Guernsey, India, Italy, Ireland, Isle of Man, Japan, Jersey, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Mexico, New Zealand, San Marino, Switzerland, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, and Vatican City.
Form some reason, the UK and Great Britain were both listed. That would seem
royal redundant to this colonial.
Amazon's list is rather eclectic. Belgium is on the list, but not the Netherlands. Spain is on the list, but not Portugal. What's more,the above list doesn't come close to matching the list of countries where Amazon supports a local language.
What's even more interesting to this blogger is that the specific terms vary between countries in ways that don't make obvious sense. For example, nearly all of the countries are found in Europe, but 4 of the 8 of the countries outside of Europe (Brazil, India, Japan, and Mexico) only pay the 70% rate if authors agree to give Amazon an exclusive on an ebook. That requirement doesn't extend to Canada, NZ, or Australia, which were added to this list after BIJP.
Does anyone see a pattern to Amazon's expansion?