Well, the five day giveaway has come to an end. No great surprises that the majority of free copies eagerly snapped up was in the United States. Afer all, when it comes to eBooks, the US is the largest market. Here are the final figures per Amazon outlet:-
Amazon.com (USA) – 1120
Amazon.co.uk (United Kingdom) – 118
Amazon.de (Germany) – 54
Amazon.fr (France) – nil
Amazon.es (Spain) – nil
Amazon.it (Italy) – 2
Amazon.co.jp (Japan) – nil
Amazon.in (India) – nil
Amazon.ca (Canada) – 3
Amazon.com.br (Brazil) – nil
Amazon.com.mx (Mexico) – nil
Amazon.com.au (Australia) – 4
Total – 1301
Once again there are no major surprises, apart from Italy. Two people living there got themselves a copy. Thank you Italy.
Had the giveaway lasted another five days, by the way things went I suspect that Germany would have passed the UK’s total. When it comes to my book sales in Europe, Germany positively shines, whereas my own homeland (the UK) does not.
When it comes to Ebooks written in English, half the countries where Amazon has an outlet simply aren’t interested. Plus, let us not forget that in dear old Glob’s case, the dialogue between various characters is not exactly standard UK English, being Goblinese.
What will be interesting to see is if the thirteen hundred and one individuals who now have a copy from this latest giveaway will actually bother to read it. Judging by previous giveaways, the simple answer is no. For the few who do read it, how many of them will feel inclined to write a review I wonder? Again, I doubt any will bother. The last time I checked, Glob had twenty reviews on Amazon.com and eight on Amazon.co.uk. Once again, will we see any improvement on those particular figures? I doubt it.
Just think folks, since Glob’s Tales first appeared on the world market back in 2012, it has barely sold three hundred copies, including the paperback version. To date, four thousand three hundred and one people have got themselves a copy for free. It says a lot about today’s crop of readers, pennypinchers all.
One thing is for certain, my kind of fantasy storytelling is not what today’s young adults want to read. It’s their loss, not mine.
Makes you wonder…