I have been in Cannes a week now. I have heard most of the languages of Europe spoken and plenty of voices from Eastern Europe too. Yet I have never seen anyone reading from a Kindle as yet (except me), on public transport, in cafes or on the beach. I was aware that the rise of the ebook is slower in Europe but I was still puzzled. The Germans embrace new technology. How come they haven't embraced ebooks? My books sell very well on Kindle in the UK and are doing very well on iTunes. They're slower in US and the recent launch of Kindle in Germany shows a few sales, but since the Germans love Scottish crime and my books are in translation there, how come the sales haven't happened?
Then David Gaughran followed me on Twitter and visiting his blog my eyes were suddenly opened. Having chatted on here about the opportunities that ebooks create in spreading the word, I suddenly discovered that Amazon are 'controlling' the word. This is an excellent article and I thank David for following me and enlightening me at the same time.
Read this and 'weep', or alternatively complain. http://tinyurl.com/6yubd66