Both indie publishers and readers found a special treat behind the first door of their advent calendars today, because Amazon has opened two more Kindle stores in Spain and Italy respectively.
The most important thing about this announcement is that readers in Spain and Italy (and presumably Andorra, San Marino and the Vatican State, should the Pope experience a hankering for e-books) can now purchase the basic Kindle for 99 Euros and any e-book available in the Kindle store without having to pay the two US-dollar Amazon surcharge. It’s good news for indie publishers as well, because we now earn 70 percent royalties for sales to Spain and Italy (yes, Amazon charges international readers more and pays writers less). The 15% VAT rate still applies though for all EU sales.
Author pages don’t seem to be available at Amazon Spain and Italy yet, but here is the full listing of all available Pegasus Pulp e-books at Amazon Spain and Amazon Italy. I have also added the purchase links for Amazon Italy and Spain to the individual book pages.
I don’t know about Spain, but I know that I have at least one reader in Italy, so this is good news.